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GDC 2015 - Star Trek Timelines will Probably Make Your Inner Trekkie Squeal With Glee

Posted by Rob Rich on March 4th, 2015

Any popular fictional universe has its fair share of fan fiction - where beloved characters might behave less like they're written and adhere more to personal head canon - and it's the sort of thing that there's no shortage of in Star Trek.

I'm dead serious. There are actually comic books and a novel that involve a Star Trek/X-Men crossover.

While Star Trek Timelines won't let you revel in a brawl between Wolverine and Worf, you will be able to play around with all sorts of alternate dimension and timeline stuff. If you want Locutus of Borg tending bar at Ten Forward, you can totally do that. If you want Captain Janeway to lead Bones and Sulu into battle, that can be arranged.

Of course this means you'll be gathering crew from all over the various Star Trek series. What's cool is that this isn't a typical card battler type thing like you might expect. Instead, when you take part in a mission there will be several branching paths that your team will follow depending on the outcome of each encounter or task. Characters are automatically matched to a task based on their stats and stills, and a random number roll (influenced even further by their skills) will determine the outcome. In a weird way it's kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure but without the choosing and more seeing what the outcome is.

There are some typical choose-your-own elements to it, however. Before and/or after some missions you might have a few dialog choices to pick from, and your approach to a given situation could have an effect on your future interactions. The game is really quite story-driven, with more of an emphasis on problem solving and talking things through over full on combat - which I'm totally okay with.

What's also pretty cool is that you'll be able to use all sorts of different recognizable ships, each of which can give your crew different passive stat bonuses. You can also assign different crew members to different room positions, which might increase those bonuses even further.

Star Trek Timelines will be coming out later this year as a free download, and will most likely use a F2P system similar to Game of Thrones Ascent.

Beam Me an Update Scotty - Star Trek Trexels Receives its Biggest Update Yet

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 22nd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PHASERS MISFIRED :: Read Review »

Star Trek Trexels, by YesGnome, is hitting warp drive with this new update. Now players can play with the officers, missions, guest stars, and the ship hull from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

YesGnome has also redesigned some of their combat scenarios and now the Holodeck allows you to replay them in all their glory. Star Trek Trexels also now has social functions that let you invite your friends to join your crew and a gallery, which allows players to share images and unlock collectible scenes. Along with some bug fixes and doors that now go "Swoosh!," it looks like YesGnome has been working hard to give fans more of what they want.

You can pick up Star Trek Trexels for free on the App Store.

Star Trek: Trexels Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Mike Deneen on December 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: PHASERS MISFIRED
Star Trek games haven't had the best track record, and even in the futuristic mobile universe, they can't seem to catch a break.
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Star Trek Rivals Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 17th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SET PHASERS TO TRASH-TALK
Star Trek Rivals is a card game many have seen before, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun regardless.
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Spaceteam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DEACTIVATE THE INFRACUBE!
Spaceteam is both a nerd fantasy made reality and utter chaos in digital form. It's also a ridiculous amount of wacky fun.
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Now You Are The Captain - Star Trek Captain's Log Now Live In The App Store

Posted by Chris Hall on July 27th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

There are some people who just like to casually watch the Star Trek movies, and then there are those who film their own fan movies and travel far and wide to go to conventions. These costumed crusaders can now use the iPhone 4 as their very own Starfleet communicator.

"Using the Captain's Log communicator, users can capture voice recordings, text entries, take photos and map GPS locations of their voyages as they travel planet Earth. Officers can select their preferred Enterprise class level, whether taking the role of Captain, Engineering, Science/Medical, Enterprise, or assuming the identity an enemy Romulan or Klingon officer."

Now you can track your perilous mission to the vast reaches of the galaxy shopping mall with GPS precision, and leave behind voice memo's for your fellow captains to aid their own journeys. Share your findings on the vast networks of Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, or just send the data along to other users of the app.

Pick the app up today for $1.99... and don't hurt yourself.

Warpgate HD In-Depth Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on May 6th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ENGAGE!
Warpgate has made the jump to the iPad with Warpgate HD, but is it worth your time and money? It's the closest thing you'll get to Star Trek on the iPad without the official license.
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Star Radio Communicator

By Jason Philo on June 15th, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: NOT RECOMMENDED
If you're a Trekkie and have to have something that's a little similar to their communicators, go for it and have a blast. If you want something useful to add to your iPhone apps, something worthy of the $200+ dollars you paid for your device, avoid it.
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Star Trek

Posted by Glenn Head on May 20th, 2009
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Developer: Electronic Arts Inc.
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound [rating:4/5]
Game Controls [rating:4/5]
Gameplay [rating:3.5/5]
iPhone Integration [rating:3.5/5]
Re-use / Replay Value [rating:2.5/5]

[rating:overall]

The original Star Trek (for those of you who have been living on Venus for the past 40+ years) is one of TV's best loved franchises. Its recent film reinvention by J.J. Abrams (better known as the creator of Lost) has given EA an excellent excuse to release this new mobile game tie-in.

Star Trek is a top down shoot 'em up in the style of Galaga or R-Type, and is full of bright, spangly graphics, executed with the usual flair and slickness customary to EA titles.

You command the iconic ship the USS Enterprise, and are attacked by wave after wave of ever deadlier enemies. In campaign mode there are a total of 12 missions, consisting of 4 sectors against 3 well known adversaries of the Federation: Klingons, Cardassians, and Romulans.

You get to play with many of the Star Trek universe's weapons and gadgets. Phasers and photon torpedoes are your main weapons of choice, although occasionally you can pick up other useful weaponry (EMP, Phase Cannon, Disruptor), which will help you complete the more difficult missions.

As enemy ships are destroyed you can manoeuvre the Enterprise to pick up dropped goodies, such as shield replenishment and temporary weapon upgrades. You will definitely want to grab those shield enhancements because your shields can soon become depleted, and cause the Enterprise to be destroyed. All is not lost, though - you can restart the mission close to where you left off.

As the Enterprise warps onward through the missions, you are rewarded with stars which you use to upgrade the ship. Choose carefully when upgrading, between either Torpedoes, Phasers, Tractor Beams or Shields.

A nice addition to the game are the Achievements you can complete. These range from Honorable Survivor, where you need to complete the Klingon missions in order, without failing, to Starfleet Admiral where you need to achieve a 100x chain kill in any mission. These Achievements add to the game's limited replay value.

Star Trek is full of eye candy. Even on the relatively small iPhone screen the Enterprise looks cool. The spot effects combine nicely with audio, and, at times, the play area can be filled with enemy ships, phaser blasts, torpedoes, tractor beams, mines, upgrade icons, and shield enhancers. The action gets very frantic, which adds to the game's immediacy and fun factor.

With this game you get to choose between three control systems. You can tilt the iPhone to control the Enterprise; use a finger to take direct control of the ship or; use an on screen joystick. I tried all three and found the first two control methods to be excellent, but the joystick method was too imprecise and fiddly, and I wouldn't recommend its use unless you want to make the game harder!

You can turn on auto fire too, or, if you think that's too simple, you can tap the screen to fire your weapons manually.

All in all, I did get a great sense of occasion from this game - it definitely did its job in making me want to go out and see the new movie! I felt immersed within the Star Trek universe, but I think more could have been done to enhance this feeling. Instead of just the pictures of Spock, Uhura or Chekov popping up with some cursory text, how about a cut scene, or some footage from the new film? This would have added to the immersion factor and rewarded your purchase with a teaser for the film.

Despite the polish EA have administered to Star Trek, the game is somewhat shallow. It was a blast to begin with, but it did get a little repetitive by the end of the twelfth mission. I enjoyed it while it lasted, but Star Trek's replay value is limited.

If you are a Trekkie completist, it's a game you'll want on your iPhone. If you aren't a Star Trek fan you will still enjoy this game, but the atmosphere and the sense of being a part of the Star Trek universe may be lost on you.

That said, I would recommend this game as a fun, frantic, short and sweet journey through the Star Trek universe. Just don't expect the game to boldly go any further than that.