The Many Incarnations of Star Trek

This article is part of a series I call “The Many Incarnations of… ”, a column which will chronicle the different game titles that have been released over the years featuring a central character or theme. Pac-Man is here to provide “color commentary,” and Professor Pac-Man is on hand with interesting tidbits of trivia about each game!

1979
Star Trek

 


He's dead Jim... ...I'll get his tricorder, you get his wallet. Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: The prototype backglass for this pinball machine featured the original series-style uniforms, but due to the coinciding release of Star Trek The Motion Picture, the final backglass was updated to reflect the uniform styles featured in the movie.


1982
Star Trek - Strategic Operations Simulator


It's our life Jim, but not as we know it. Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This game features a screen that is broken into three parts to separate system information. It also features pseudo-three-dimensional vector graphics, and incorporates synthesized versions of Scotty's and Spock's voices.

1991
Star Trek - 25th Anniversary


"This game is supposed to be just like the real thing." -- Pac-Man, "Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon." --Scotty Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This pinball machine features a patented “transporter effect” built in to the backglass which uses a moving double-layered semi-transparent picture, allowing the Enterprise crew to materialize before your eyes. This game also features custom-digitized speech from Scotty and Bones, along with the Star Trek theme.

1993
Star Trek – The Next Generation


Pinball. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise... Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This game features seven missions that must be completed before entering The Final Frontier, and includes voice clips recorded by cast members Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, and John de Lancie. The voices utilize the DCS Sound System which renders high quality voices.

2003
Star Trek Voyager – The Arcade Game


Resisting the chance to play this game is... well...futile. Wocka! Wocka!

From the desk of Professor Pac-Man: This game was named "Video Game Of the Year" in 2002 by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Developed by the Star Trek fans at Game Refuge, this pulse-pounding shoot-em-up can be found in fine arcades, movie theaters and entertainment centers everywhere!

Well... this time I can honestly say I have chomped where no pac has chomped before! Wocka! Wocka!

* This article is only a listing of known unique game titles. It does not cover clones of released titles, nor will it list the various platforms the titles have appeared on. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive reference listing, and should be viewed only as the recreational offering it was intended to be. Game descriptions, game titles and registered trademarks mentioned herein are properties of their respective owners.

First Published July 2008