Star Trek: Star Fleet Academy
Reviewed by Lord Nazerous
Ok, all you Star Trek fans out there. If you're a fan of the original series and ships,
you'll LOVE this game. Even if you're not a fan of Star Trek, this is an excellent
simulator, shooter, and scenario game.
Graphics 8 out of 10
All of the ships are a 3-D polygonal interpretation of their original design. Stars
and ships appear in the middle of the screen (the ship's view screen) while the
surrounding graphics are just ordimental. The people and computers bordering
the view screen aren't the greatest graphics...but they could be worst. (And besides,
they add to the feel of a star ship bridge.)
Music and Sound 7 out of 10
There isn't much variety in the way of music. I'd be surprised if there were five
tracks in the entire game. Don't get me wrong, though, they're not annoying, I just
think that Interplay (designer) could have done a bit more. Sound effects are great.
Everything from the phaser fire, to the beep of the computer buttons, is a good
depiction of the original Star Trek. The only thing that isn't "up to par" is the sound
of the warp drive, where it's neat sounding, it's not the sound of the original Star
Trek warp engines. (For all you non-trekers out there: The Warp Drive is the Engine
of a Star Ship that can reach above light speeds).
Game Challenge Var out of 10
Var= Variable. You can change difficulty from Average to Very Hard. The opening
scenario is pathetically easy. Navigate between each bouy. The last, mostly impossible.
It all depends son what you do any what you want. Desisions that are made effect
your Grade (YES this is a simulator.). Should you run or fight. Destroy or diplomize?
Every decision has an effect.
Game Play-Fun 9 out of 10
The scenarios in the regular rarely ever get boring or un-imaginative. Each mission
is different, from the previous. Control is simple, yet intricate enough to make it a
fun ride. There's even a simulator, apart from the regular game. You can choose what
ships you fight as, and against. (There's even some codes that let you get new and
different ships on this site*) Two player mode lets you shoot it out with another
player in split screen action. Also in the simulator there are some famous encounters
(wrath of khan, undiscovered country..ect.)
*Codes on this site are NOT done by me, but I do recommend them for any one who has
this game. I commend Michael Brown for writing and sending in these wonderful codes.
My only frustration with this game is the lack of a save feature. Yes there are passwords
but they're not very fun write down every scenario, or input for that matter.
Replayability 10 out of 10
You'll always be coming back to this game for more battles. Change the difficulties,
opponents, you'll always find a challenge (or lack of challenge if you wish.) Go against
a Klingon Bird of Prey,, in a tiny Romulan Scout Ship, or better yet, throw in two or
three birds of prey. You'll get your money's worth out of this masterpiece.
Game Value 10 out of 10
I bought mine used (box manual) , mainly because it's no longer sold new. I paid $9
bucks! Yep, that's right, an excellent price. But would have paid up to $45, and maybe
even $55, for this jewel. So no matter how much you find it for, it'll probably be
worth the money.
Overall 9 out of 10
Excellent game. One of the best SNES games out there. The graphics are good along
with the sound, but best of all the game play. Fun as a single player or two player,
snatch this one up before it's gone.