Star Trek - Starfleet Academy
by Sega of America
While I watch Star Trek, I just couldn't get into this cart. Hard-core players may enjoy its depth and sheer amount of Trekkie lore, but to me it just got tedious. The space combat sequences were boring (no wonder there are so few on the shows) with little real strategy that I was able to find. I did like the music, which sounded good, but tinny. The graphics are a little too dark for the subject matter. Overall, great for fans, but too complex for regular players.
I was disappointed that the game looks and plays like the 16-Bit version of Starfleet Academy. There are some cool aspects to the game, but after playing it a short while, I lost interest. One would think that the 32X's capabilities would be used to enhance the visuals. The ships should look realistic or there should be other improvements. However, SFA doesn't look 32-Bit. If you're a true Trekkie, you may enjoy the game--but it didn't have enough to keep my attention.
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 of 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.
Let me start out by saying that the 32X version really hasn't changed much from the original Super NES version. Besides the improved 3-D ship polygons, not much else has changed to tap the 32X graphic capabilities. The simulations have good content, but are severely restricted during combat. Manually targeting enemy ships is a chore to accomplish, being hard to precisely aim and fire accurately. This version has improved, but still wasn't what I expected.
Making Rank In Star Fleet
Do you ever wonder how Captain Kirk and Captain Picard got their start in Star Fleet? Star Trek Star Fleet Academy: Starship Bridge Simulator for the Genesis 32X answers that burning question. Consider this a Star Trek captain's training coursethe whole enchilada-crammed into a single 32X cart. Starship Bridge Simulator offers a wealth of play options, from classroom training and starship battle simulators to actual command scenarios based on such Star Trek movies as The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscoverg&Country or various episodes from the long-running Star Trek TV series.
While training sequences cast you as a cadet your choice of name and gender you play as Captain Kirk in the scenarios. Training allows you to build your skills at command and combat; earning the respect of your peers. Then it's on to the missions,where your success translates into rank increases within Star Fleet.
2016-06-08 Star Trek game added.