DescriptionHidden Evil is a third-person action-adventure in the same style as Resident Evil, which means you move your character using the keyboard, environments consists of 3D polygon characters transposed onto 2D pre-rendered scenes, and gameplay consists of both puzzles and combat. Rather than focusing on intense, hardcore action or puzzles, the game was designed with more casual gamers in mind with fairly straightforward gameplay.
The game's story takes place shortly after the movie Star Trek: Insurrection. After the defeat of S'ona captain Ru'afo and the destruction of the Metaphasic Collector, the remaining S'ona agreed to peacefully co-exist with their Ba'ku breathren and establish a colony on the Immortality Planet. During the construction of the colony, S'ona and Ba'ku workers uncovered underground ruins belonging to a previously undiscovered ancient civilization. Captain Picard, known for his love of archeology, arrives along with android Commander Data to research the ruins.
You take the role of Ensign Sovok, a human raised by Vulcans. You are assigned to assist Captain Picard in his exploration of the ruins, which is a big break for you since you're aiming for a transfer to the prestigious Enterprise rather than your current assignment near the Ba'ku planet in the middle of nowhere.
However, the excavation of the ruins takes a turn for the worse when S'ona rebels seize control of the colony. Fired upon by the S'ona, Picard is teleported by an alien device to an ancient installation deep within the planet's core. While Data remains behind to deal with the S'ona, you are sent into the planet's core to retrieve Picard.
The "Hidden Evil" of the game comes into play when you encounter Xa'atal, last surviving member of the alien race. Xa'tal is an ancient scientist whose life has been sustained for all these years by the same Metaphasic Radiation which keeps the Ba'ku people eternally young. Although Xa'tal herself quickly befriends you, her tainted DNA contains the code for creating a deadly biological organism known as the Xenophore Seed.
The S'ona's Romulan benefactors led by Admiral Ratok teleport into the ancient city and kill Xa'tal to create the Xenophore Seed. It then becomes your task to rescue Picard and defeat the S'ona so you can pursue Ratok and stop him before he uses the Xenophore Seed and the horrific creatures it spawns to endanger the galaxy.
- "Star Trek: Insurrection" -- Working title
- "Star Trek: Der Aufstand" -- German title
Part of the Following Groups
|A Half-Hearted Attempt by Presto Studios.||Scott Monster (919)|
|Many Small Mistakes = One Big Mistake||J. McCullagh (6)|
|A good game worthy of the Star Trek name||James1 (240)||unrated|
The Press Says
|Game Over Online||Nov 23, 1999||82 out of 100||82|
|games xtreme||Dec 12, 1999||7.6 out of 10||76|
|Game.EXE||Jan, 2000||3.5 out of 5||70|
|Just Adventure||Jul 24, 2002||B-||67|
|PC Gameplay (Benelux)||Feb, 2000||66 out of 100||66|
|PC Player (Germany)||Dec, 1999||65 out of 100||65|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Dec 31, 1999||40|
|IGN||Dec 02, 1999||4 out of 10||40|
|incite PC Gaming||Feb, 2000||40|
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TriviaOriginally titled Star Trek: Insurrection, the game's name was changed to Hidden Evil to distinguish the fact it had a plotline which was different from that of the movie's.
The white robe clad Xa'tal actually appeared in the Next Generation TV series in the episode "The Chase", although as a holographic projection. Xa'tal is played by Salome Jens, who also appeared as the Ruler of the Dominion in the Deep Space Nine series.
Besides Picard and Data, the S'ona second-in-command Gallatin also makes a brief appearance, and is voiced by the original actor from the movie (Gregg Henry). Anij, Picard's love interest from Insurrection, also makes an appearance, but she's voiced by a different actor than the one who appeared in the movie (understandable, since she only gets about two lines).
Related Web Sites
- IMDb (Information about Star Trek: Hidden Evil at the Internet Movie Database)
- Star Trek: Hidden Evil on Wikipedia (information about the game in the open encyclopedia)