Super Star Trek is an old text-only game, an early example of a turn-based space strategy sim/wargame created by Robert Leedom e David Ahl.
Super Star Trek is an old text-only game, an early example of a turn-based space strategy sim/wargame created by Robert Leedom e David Ahl. The game code was published in the 1978 book BASIC Computer Games - Microcomputer Edition.
The game developed by Leedom in 1978 was an improved version of the original Star Trek, written in 1971 by Mike Mayfield.
In this adventure, you are the captain of the starship Enterprise, and your mission is to scout the federation space and eliminate all the invading Klingon ships. There are no graphics; everything is represented by characters. The screen will show you an 8x8 grid, where * are stars, +K+ are Klingon ships, <*> is the Enterprise ("E" in other versions) and are starbases. Orders are issued typing text at the prompt, for example, PHA to fire with the phasers, SHE to raise shields, TOR to activate the torpedoes. The ship is moved with NAV, followed by the angle and the warp speed. Spock, Uhura, Sulu, Scott sometimes will give you some feedback.
To win, you will have to find and destroy all the Klingon ships before time expires. It's not easy because you will have to manage the ship's energy carefully. Energy is used by the phasers and shields, but also by the engines. You will need to deviate energy from one system to another, just like in the TV episodes. Starbases will replenish your power and repair damaged systems, but if you visit them too often, Klingons will destroy the federation. Random events like sensors that break during a fight will make things even more exciting.
Despite its simplicity, once you understand the mechanics, Super Star Trek is an enjoyable and addictive game. It was one of the most popular public domain games ever created. Since the code was publicly available, everyone was free to change it and improve it. That's why there are literally thousands of versions, for all the possible platforms.
We decided to publish the C64 version because this is the most faithful to the original 1978 version. You will find many others on the Internet, with tons of additions (we will publish some of them soon), but this is the classic one. Enjoy!
Review by: Manu
Published: 26 September 2020 8:04 am