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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Windows)

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Description

Getting into Starfleet involves passing a knowledge exam, and also demonstrating your space combat and command skills. It is this side of the Academy which features in this game. You play aspiring captain David Forester, backed by a wealthy and friendly crew: Sturek, M'Giia, Robin Brady and Corin.

The action is similar in style to TIE Fighter, with the action viewed form your cockpit and full flight dynamics in action. Missions include taking on Klingons and Romulans, and dealing with a Vanguard rebellion from within. Before every mission, the briefing is given to you in a lecture style where you can find out what to expect, and reduce the number or surprises. William Shatner and Walter Koenig reprise their Star Trek characters for these.

Screenshots

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows Title Screen
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows The USS Enterprise
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows A close look at the enemy
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows Starbase ahead

Alternate Titles

  • "Star Trek: Raumflottenakademie" -- German in-game title
  • "SFA" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Tried to capture the magic of Star Trek, but the starship combat is a joke Kasey Chang (3652) unrated
Beam me up Scotty.... No Intelligible Life in this Program.... Chris Martin (1097) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 1997 91 out of 100 91
PC Joker Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 1997 79 out of 100 79
PC Jeux Oct, 1997 72 out of 100 72
Just Games Retro Sep 10, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Games Magazine 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

CDs

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy was originally scheduled for 4 CDs. When the game went gold with 5 CDs, the original CD jackets (for 4) would not fit, so the fifth CD was released in a Tyvek envelope. Later releases of the game have a 5 CD jacket and a "5-CD" logo on the box. There is also a DVD version.

Novel

The story of the game has been adapted into a novel written by Star Trek writer Diane Carey and published by Pocket Books.

Other versions

There's a budget version of the game called Starfleet Academy: Strategic Operations, which contains only the first 3 missions of the full game. Two other demo versions were released: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Cadet Briefing, which features the 4 first levels of the main game, and Starfleet Academy: Strategic Command with the 8 first levels.

Awards

In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/1998) the game received a special award for the "Noblest Cutscenes in 1997".

Information also contributed by chirinea, Kasey Chang, and Patrick Bregger.

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MAT (93445) added Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Windows) on Apr 18, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (19788)