Star Trek has just turned 50 years old, and to celebrate, we’re listing our top 10 video games of the franchise.
The list below is in chronological order, with oldest first.
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (PC)
Developed by Interplay and released in 1992, it’s a safe bet that any Star Trek fan has booted up 25th Anniversary at one time of another.
Gameplay was split into two modes: a third-person view when controlling an away team on a planet, or a view from the bridge when taking part in space battles.
Combined with Star Trek: Judgment Rights, these two Interplay games essentially detailed the fourth and fifth years of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s five-year mission, after the original Star Trek was cancelled after its third year.
You can grab this game on Steam, right here.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity (PC)
This is, hands-down, my personal favourite Star Trek title.
Developed by Spectrum Holobyte and published in 1995, this point-and-click adventure remains the game that’s most like an actual episode of the series. That’s Next Generation or otherwise.
Away team missions were full of intrigue. Space battles were hard-fought. Exploration was also possible; head to the Conn station and set whatever course you felt like; the Enterprise could go there.
Sadly, it’s a bit difficult to find the game and play it today… but those of us who really want to can find a way. Or two.
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (PC)
Developed by Interplay and available in 1997, Starfleet Academy is the first game in the franchise to let you try the infamous Kobyashi Maru scenario.
You don’t fare much better than anyone other than Kirk did, by the way.
Set in the original series timeline, the space battle simulator was one of the first to receive an expansion. “Chekov’s Lost Missions” provided seven new scenarios to play through, alongside new multiplayer modes.
You can grab Starfleet Academy on Steam here.
Star Trek: Armada (PC)
A real-time strategy title involving ship-to-ship combat, Star Trek: Armada was developed by Activision and released in 2000.
Set in the Next Generation timeline, and after the events of the Insurrection feature film, Armada let you choose to play as one of four races: The United Federation of Planets, the Romulan Star Empire, the Klingon Empire and the Borg.
I fondly recall Armada and its sequel as the first PC games I ever modded, adding in new ships and weaponry thanks to the efforts of a robust community.
Like A Final Unity, Armada‘s also a bit difficult to find and play today. Still, there are ways.
Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force (PC, PS2)
If nothing else, Elite Force was amazing because it let you walk around the U.S.S. Voyager for as long as you wished, checking out every single little detail you wanted to.
The 2000-based first-person shooter was originally developed by Raven Software, the studio who’s now working on Call of Duty and Destiny, and released on PC.
Elite Force tied into Voyager perfectly and also beat Enterprise to the punch with its own version of a MACO; the titular Elite Force was a dedicated commando unit designed to tackle tough Delta Quadrant threats. It also spawned a sequel that took place on the Enterprise-E.
Sorry about the above video — you might want to turn down the narration. Elite Force is currently on GOG’s wishlist.