Friday, April 24, 2009

"Welcome aboard, Captain."

The first time in 1982 that I saw the Star Trek arcade game wasn't at Showbiz Pizza or one of the other little arcades like in the mall but at the Farmington One Stop convenience store. It was also one of the first times I impressed people older than me, college age, while playing the game.

The thing I remember most about this game was the digitized voices of the actors, it truly was awesome to hear Scotty reporting the damage situation as well as Spock at the end of the game. The vector like grahics helped with the game, the bottom portion representing the view screen of the bridge and the info you need, warp drive power, shields, photon torpedoes on the upper left with a mini-map on the top right. Another thing about Star was pretty freaking hard. You got one ship per quarter and the only way to make sure you kept your shields was to dock at a space port or save it from attacking Klingons. The play control was nice with one of those spinner knobs.

A little research shows that a set down version was made...and it sure looks neat. Thanks to K.L.O.V. for the pics.


Dax said...

I was only slightly better at this game than I was at Q*bert.

That sit-down version looks like it could've been part of the set in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Stewed Hamm said...

I've only ever seen the sit down version. I wanted to play it, but it was 50 cents to play and I only had 1 quarter.
Naturally, I didn't realize this until I had already put my quarter in the game. Bastards.