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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Starship Bridge Simulator

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Star Trek's take on Wing Commander. SNES RussS (781)

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SNES 4 4.0
Combined User Score 5 3.6

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Dieses Spiel bietet dem Star Trek-Fan wirklich ALLES, was er braucht! Sympathische Charaktere, eine schöne Story, einen leichten Einstieg und die geliebten Werte, welche die Reihe ausmachen. Man merkt, dass hier wirklich Star Trek-Liebhaber am Werk waren. Es ist kaum zu beschreiben, wie viel Liebe zum Detail in diesem Spiel steckt. Besonders schön ist es, dass am Ende der Kobayashi Maru-Test auf einen wartet, womit ein perfekter Übergang zum Anfang des zweiten Star Trek-Filmes geschlagen wird. Hierbei handelt es sich für mich eindeutig um das beste Konsolenspiel zum Thema Star Trek. Dieses Spiel sollte in keiner Sammlung einfach nur versauern, es sollte gespielt werden. Besonders am 40. Geburtstag der besten Science-Fiction-Serie, natürlich nach Babylon 5 *fg*. In diesem Sinne: Live long and prosper…
SNESVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
Starfleet Academy is as good as having the bridge of the Enterprise right in your living room. All in all, this is one adventure game Star Trek fans won't want to miss.
SNESGamePro (US)
Trekkers may argue vehemently over who's the better captain - Kirk or Picard - but they'd all like to do one thing; command the Enterprise. Here's the chance.
SNESGame Players
You become a cadet at the famed Starfleet Academy, which unfortunately isn't as cool as you thought it might be. The graphics aren't all that hot and the classic missions don't really affect the game outcome at all.
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
A nice variation on the theme (and departure from the previous Star Trek game), this one is more comprehensive in that it is more than just a shooter - you must master all aspects of a starship's functions. The combat training is a little aggravating at first, with enemies that hit you several times before you even see them.
SEGA 32XGamePro (US)
The graphics and sound fluctuate. The pix are sharp overall, but the first-person view-screen visuals lack pizzazz. The soundtrack's repetitive Star Trek movie theme will drive you crazy. Trekkers will enjoy this Academy, but only for a semester or two.
SEGA 32XVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
Alas, even though the programmers sneakily confined the action to a "viewscreen" that's less than half the size of a TV screen, the gameplay still slows down too much for my liking. Sloppy programming or the wimpy "32-bit" hardware? Ya gotta wonder. The verdict: a shooter for Star Trek weenies only.
SEGA 32XElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
As in the Super NES version, Starfleet Academy has many options, scenarios and a simulator to practice your battling techniques and miniscenarios. This game does not exploit the capabilities pf the 32X - I was expecting more out of the graphics and sound. The game would be better off if there was music and cleaner graphics. Overall, Trekkies might find it enjoyable because of the familiar sights and sounds from the popular series, but once again, I was expecting more.
SNESVideo Games
Star Trek Starfleet Academy ist ein Adventurespiel, in dem Ihr die Rolle eines Raumschiffkapitäns der Föderation proben könnt. Einmal am Trainingssimulator eingetroffen, müßt ihr Entscheidungen über militärische, diplomatische oder humanitäre Operationen treffen und ein Raumschiff durch den Polygon-Weltraum lenken. Letzteres läuft meistens darauf hinaus, ein Objekt im All zu orten und Shoot‘em Up damit zu spielen. Die Gegner sind altbekannt Klingonen und Romulaner, die sich gewohnt aggressiv verhalten. Im Simulator, wo zusätzliche Missionen angewählt werden können und im 2P-Modus dürft Ihr diese auch selbst steuern. Ein Muß für Trekkies.
SNESJust Games Retro
The shoddy, lumbering battle system is almost certainly why Starfleet Academy got tagged as a bad game. If that’s what you’ve shown up for, then you’re right to criticize. My real disappointment is that they didn’t fuse a decent combat/flight engine (like the PC version of Academy) with the adventure-like mysteries and diplomacy seen here. Overall, it’s a series of generally well-written missions that nails the tone of the show, hampered by a choppy engine running on (arguably) the wrong platform altogether.
SEGA 32XUltimate Gamer Magazine
Can you believe it? Two 32X games in the same issue? You'd think someone bought the thing. 32X's graphics and sound capabilities are used effectively here, unfortunately this game is boring. Trek geeks can test themselves in a number of areas to see if they have what it takes to dawn the uniform of a Starfleet officer. Yawn. They should make fewer Star Trek and more Star Wars games.
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Somit können wir dieses Modul nur echten Trekkies (und Trekkern) empfehlen, die zufrieden sind, wenn irgendwo ein Star-Trek-Logo prangt. Weltraumschlachten könnt Ihr mit dem alten ‚Wing Commander‘ besser austragen.
SEGA 32XSega-16.com
Overall this is a pretty poor game. The ambition was there, but they just didn't seem to know how to put it all together and make a game out of it. It's still good as a waste of time if you're a serious Trekkie, though if you are you've probably played the PC version which is actually a good game that I'll recommend well before telling you to spend your money on this. Starfleet Academy: Starship Bridge Simulator was an overall disappointment and could've been much more than just a simple port had they put any effort into it. Even with its moments of nostalgia it's still one of the reasons why a black cloud hangs over the Star Trek video game franchise.
SEGA 32XThe Video Game Critic
At heart, this is a glorified Star Raiders clone with better graphics but far worse gameplay. You have access to layers of menus with all sorts of data and instrumentation, but only a geek versed in Star Trek techno-babble could digest any of this garbage. The first person shooting "action" is painfully dull. The enemy ships are fully 3D, but their movements are sluggish and the AI is idiotic. Being an academic environment, there's also opportunity to meet and socialize with your fellow space cadets. Here I stumbled upon the single redeeming feature of the game: a pool table! That right, you can challenge classmates to a game a pool, which is by far the highlight of this cartridge. The pool balls are huge but they rotate nicely and the game is easy to play. As you can deduce, Starfleet Academy really isn't much of a game. It's probably the worst 32X title I've come across.