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Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (Atari 2600)

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Written by  :  Jeff Cossey (55)
Written on  :  Dec 23, 2008
Platform  :  Atari 2600
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Summary

Surprisingly faithful port of the Arcade Version.

The Good

Given what system hardware it was written for it was a above average game.

The screen is divided into 3 critical areas. -Status Screen - Colored blocked indicate power, photons, and shields

-Short Range Scanner - This provides a tactical overview of the Enterprise, enemy targets and Starbases.

-Main view screen - This is where all the real action happens!

The game is divided into ten Sectors (different skill levels). Each Sector has six different rounds.

1. Klingon Encounter 4. Klingon Encounter 2. Klingon Encounter 5. Klingon Encounter 3. Asteroid Field or Meteor Shower 6. NOMAD During the Klingon rounds, Klingon's will attempt to destroy both the Enterprise (you) and the Starbase. You should first destroy the Klingon's attacking the Starbase and if needed Dock with it to replenish your critical systems!

This really makes for some fan shmup action!

-Gameplay: Except for the voices found in the arcade version everything is here. -The graphics, the look of each level was superior to the Arcade Version

-What sound you heard was great and faithful to Star Trek

-Gameplay was rock solid and for it's time had a great immersive quality

The Bad

-Lack of music, this is very understandable given the limitations of the Atari 2600. I often wondered what the game would have looked like if it had been written for the Starpath Supercharger.

The Bottom Line

Arcade shoot em up. Multiple stages of arcade fun and your at the helm of the Mighty Starship Enterprise.