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Star Fleet I: The War Begins! (DOS)

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Written by  :  ex_navynuke! (48)
Written on  :  Apr 13, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A highly addictive PC version of the old mainframe Star Trek game

The Good

The tactics of this game were what made it so enjoyable. Perhaps the most fun you could have was firing a spread of 5 photon torpedoes that you had manually input the firing angles for, and then hitting all five enemy ships!

Another enjoyable part of this game was the Zaldrons (like the Romulans) had the ability to 'cloak' their ships. So you might be getting pummeled by someone invisible, or inadvertently ram them while trying to flee.

It was also a lot of fun merely crippling ships, then towing them (and prisoners) to the nearest star-base for a reward. The downside of this would be that prisoners would escape and sabotage your ship!

Another enjoyable part in the mid-stages of the game, was saving star-bases whenever they came under attack (plus it got you tons of points toward medals). Often there would be one invisible Zaldron that would take you several turns to locate and destroy to save the star-base.

The Bad

As stated in a previous review, configuring shields manually could be confusing. Also as stated in a previous review, at the highest levels it's mostly a race for time finding your only star-base before the numerous enemy ship encounters as you search for it break down your ship.

Also, at the higher levels, you are constantly distracted by saboteurs, star-base attacks that the star-base resolved before you could arrive. Other non-tactical and distracting annoyances.

The Bottom Line

Highly fun and addictive tactical space warfare game.