The Game: Welcome to the bridge. Your mission is to travel from sector to sector, eliminating Klingon incursions into Federation space without getting your ship and crew destroyed. Friendly starbases offer aid and allow you to make resupply stops so you can keep up the good fight – and you do have to keep a careful eye on your phaser, shield and warp power… (Sega, 1983)
Memories: Sega‘s own adaptation of its arcade game wasn’t bad. Though the Atari VCS, by its very nature, tends to force programmers to make trade-offs for game play that rob arcade adaptations of some of their luster, this one actually came out okay. If anything, this version of Star Trek was simpler than its arcade forebear – and since “bear” is the operative word for the coin-op, for once this isn’t a bad thing.
Surprisingly few of the arcade game’s bells and whistles were left out – and the ones that were (i.e. digitized speech samples from the original cast) weren’t something you’d expect to make the leap to the 2600 anyway. If there’s a learning curve with this game, it’s with the control scheme, which Sega felt was unusual enough to merit a joystick overlay included with the game.