Despite its well-earned reputation as one of the finest Science Fiction franchises of all time, Star Trek has a much less consistent history in the realm of video games. In the interests of saving you some painful experiences, we've picked ten games that we feel best represent the franchise.
For those with a fondness for ye olden days of Zork, The Promethean Prophecy and The Kobayashi Alternative offer the same text-based adventure gameplay, though with the distinct flavor of the original Star Trek series. Play if you enjoy typing commands like: "Mr. Sulu, fire phasers."
Simultaneously released for the SNES and the Sega Genesis, both games offered a checkered experience, but remained loyal to the Next Generation franchise. Opt for the Genesis version if you decide to play, as the SNES version is both abridged and far more difficult.
A deft mix of action, role-playing and strategy, The Fallen was visually impressive for its time and wove an intricate plot. Easily the best game set in the Deep Space Nine timeline.
While more seasoned fans may grumble about the game’s simple shooter action, Elite Force served as a great game for players of all stripes, even if they weren’t necessarily Star Trek buffs. Probably the greatest game in the franchise's history.
Produced by Interplay, creators of both Fallout and Baldur's Gate, Star Trek 25th Anniversary and Judgement Rites were a series of point and click adventure games that both fans and critics agreed captured the feel of the original show.
Starfleet command returned to the game’s hardcore space sim roots, putting the player back in charge of a ship and having them juggle its crew, abillities, weapons and more.
A follow up to the successful Starfleet Academy series, Klingon Academy took the novel twist of putting the players in the shoes/cockpits of the Klingons instead of the Federation.
In a franchise packed to the gills with space combat simulations, Bridge Commander was one of the best. It featured a well-realized campaign and a quick battle mode that offered a wide array of ships and options for players to explore.
While it received only middling reviews from fans and critics, Star Trek Online, ahem, boldly went where none of the previous games had. Its noble attempt to recreate such a vast universe, even at a greatly reduced scale, should be applauded.
On the Horizon
Based on J.J. Abrams' recent reboot of the Star Trek franchise, 'Star Trek' is scheduled for release April 23rd of this year. We haven't had a chance to play the 3rd person shooter yet, but this video footage of the game in action looks like it embraces the action-heavy roots of the new franchise: