We love our Star Wars here at TR, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a bit of a Trekkie, too. So, you can imagine my delight when GOG announced that three classic Star Trek games—25th Anniversary, Judgment Rites, and Starfleet Academy—are now available in its library.
While I was too young to even know what a PC was when 25th Anniversary and Judgment Rites came out in the early nineties, they look like a lot of fun. Unlike later Trek games, which tended toward simulators and FPS-style gameplay, these two are point-and-click adventures. They feature voice acting from the original series' cast, as well as sound effects and music lifted from the show. If YouTube playthroughs are anything to go by, that makes for an immersive, authentic atmosphere.
Starfleet Academy is one of the aforementioned simulation games. I have fond memories of this one—it has a remarkably wide-ranging story with challenging missions and complex controls that let you feel like you're really captaining the bridge of a starship. It also features filmed segments with William Shatner, Walter Koenig, and George Takei. I recall a free-flight simulation mode where one could drop into any of a couple dozen starships and just fly around, as well. Yes, I am grinning while writing this.
All three of these games cost $5.99 each, which seems more than fair for those who want to get their Star Trek nostalgia on. Now, if you'll excuse me, I just need to find a joystick...
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