List of Star Trek games

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The enduring popularity of the Star Trek science fiction franchise has led to numerous games in many different formats, beginning in 1967 with a board game based on The Original Series and continuing through the present with online and DVD games.

Board games[edit]

  • Space Checkers, a variant of Tri-dimensional chess, produced by Pacific Game Co (1965)
  • Star Trek Game, the only game based on the original series to be released during the show's run, produced by Ideal Toys (1967)
  • Star Trek game, produced by Hasbro (1974)
  • Star Trek game, produced in UK by Palitoy (1975)
  • Star Trek game, produced by Milton Bradley, based on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek: Starfleet Game, a promotional game released by McDonald's to coincide with the first movie (1979)
  • Struggle for the Throne, produced by FASA (1984). Players control factions fighting in a succession crisis in the Klingon Empire.
  • Star Trek: The Adventure Game, produced by West End Games (1985)
  • Star Trek: The Enterprise 4 Encounter, produced by West End Games (1985)
  • Golden Trivia Game: Star Trek Edition (1985), Golden Books
  • Golden Trivia Cards: Star Trek Edition (1985)
  • Star Trek: The Game, produced by Classic Games (1992)[1]
  • Star Trek: The Final Frontier, produced by Toys & Games Limited (1992)
  • The Star Trek Trivia Game, Board game based on the original series, created by Terry W. Hill of Ogden, Utah, limited edition custom made and privately produced. 1992–Present)
  • How to Host a Mystery - Star Trek: The Next Generation, produced by Decipher in the U.S. and Canada Games in Canada (1992)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive VCR Board Game – A Klingon Challenge, the only Star Trek: The Next Generation video board game, although a second game involving Q and The Borg was planned. This game was produced by Decipher (1993)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Romulan Challenge, produced by MMG LTD (1994)
  • Trivial Pursuit: Star Trek Edition VCR Game, a "Sci-Fi Master Game" supplement for the main game, made by TelStar Video Entertainment (1995)
  • Monopoly, produced by Hasbro licensee USAopoly in three versions; one representing the original Star Trek series (2000), another featuring Star Trek: The Next Generation (1998), and Star Trek: Continuum Edition Monopoly, covering all five series (2009)
  • All About Trivia: Star Trek, released by Fundex Games. A trivia game with material specifically based on The Original Series and the first six feature films (2009)
  • Scene It? Star Trek, developed by Screenlife and Mattel. Contains Star Trek TV and movie clips from all 5 live action series and the first 10 movies (2009)
  • Star Trek: Expeditions, developed by Reiner Knizia and WizKids, taking place in the new continuity established by the latest movie (2011)
  • Star Trek: Fleet Captains, developed by WizKids, a tactical game where players create fleets out of a selection of Federation and Klingon ships and battle to control hex based sectors (2011)
  • Star Trek Catan, created by Mayfair Games, is a TOS themed version of the board game The Settlers of Catan (2012)
  • Star Trek: Ascendancy, published by GaleForce 9, is a 4X strategy game, (2016)
  • Star Trek Panic, published by USAopoly (with Fireside Games) in 2016. A cooperative game based on Castle Panic that uses Star Trek themed enemies and player characters to complete missions before the U.S.S. Enterprise is destroyed.

Tabletop wargames[edit]

Card games[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]

Official game titles include the following:

Starship simulator games[edit]

Starship simulator games create the experience of commanding and operating a starship, and usually allow the player to handle a variety of functions, and to allocate resources such as ship power and systems. Some early Star Trek games in this category have had a huge effect on subsequent games in their genre, often leading to new level of depth and complexity in programming and/or gameplay.

This game category includes both computer games and non-computer board games, since the Star Fleet Battles game series provides a starship simulation, and is wholly a tabletop board wargame. As well as the Star Trek RPG by FASA which allowed players to take charge of specific areas of a ship's functions (such as the engineer allocating power) during combat.[citation needed]

Star Fleet Battles is different from most other wargames, which usually indicate unit strengths with simple numerical ratings. SFB players are able to deploy and manage power for a variety of ship weapons and resources. This is done via an elaborate Energy Allocation mechanism where even partial points of energy can be allocated to a number of different systems. Federation Commander is the continued development of this system in a more fast-paced version. Instead of the Energy Allocation system, it uses an innovative tick sheet system, which manages power use for each ship, and also tracks which weapons and systems are in use. The Star Trek: Starfleet Command computer game is based upon Star Fleet Battles.

In Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, produced by FASA, players actually had individual bridge functions during combat. This at one point became a separate game known as Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. The Captain determined the strategy, the Engineer was responsible for power management and allocation to different systems such as weapons and shields, the Helmsman for firing weapons, the Navigator for managing deflector shields, the Communications Officer for damage control and so on.

Starship simulator computer games which are set in the Star Trek universe occupy a large role in the history of computer games. Some of the earliest and more influential space simulator video games were Star Trek simulations designed to run on mainframes.

David H. Ahl played such games in the late 1960s at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley. He stated that they were much less sophisticated than Mike Mayfield's Star Trek text game,[3] which originated as a BASIC program on an SDS Sigma 7 mainframe system in 1971 and ported to many different systems. Ahl published source code for this game in his best selling BASIC Computer Games, and variants of the game spread widely to personal computer systems.

Decwar in 1978 was also a groundbreaking game. Another is Super Star Trek, an early text-based, DOS-based game. This game created an impressive starship experience using only text-based commands and graphics. The game Begin is considered notable for having a convincing model of game dynamics, as it has very few random elements, and is highly mathematical. In 1986, the game Multi-Trek (MTrek) was brought online at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Written in C for a PDP mainframe, and also available via dialup and later TELNET, MTrek was arguably the first ever game to combine a persistent world, online multiplayer environment with a real-time, true 3-dimensional game engine and versions of the game still have an active player base.

Netrek was released in 1988, and was probably the first game to use both the TCP and UDP protocols, the first Internet-aware team game, the first Internet game to use metaservers to locate open game servers, and the first to have persistent user information. Netrek should not be confused with NET TREK, a 1984 Macintosh game unofficially based on Star Trek.

In later years, fewer games were produced within this genre, and more games were produced in the adventure games genre. The first new recent game was Starfleet Academy, which incorporated many Star Trek elements, but was criticized for depicting starship operation as more akin to fighter planes than capital ships. A sequel, Klingon Academy, was actually quite different, and was one of the first games to depict starship operation with an appropriate amount of complexity.

The Starfleet Command game series released by Interplay was based largely on the tabletop game Star Fleet Battles, and comprised Starfleet Command, Starfleet Command II: Empires at War, and Starfleet Command III. It constitutes one of the most definitive current games, depicting a wide array of ship systems and Star Trek storylines. This series had a more naval flavor, and depicted a number of ship systems. This series spawned a very large multiplayer ladder competition first with the "Starlance" system, and later on the "GamerZone" ladder. The main multiplayer setting is the "Dynaverse," which began as an official server hosted by Taldren, and has continued as a private effort (an earlier, unauthorized adaptation of Star Fleet Battles as a computer game was SSI's The Warp Factor in 1982).

Star Trek: Bridge Commander was another addition to this genre, reflecting the more deliberative, command aspects of this experience.

In late 2006, Bethesda Softworks released several console games which carry on the tradition of classic Star Trek ship simulator/combat games, Star Trek: Legacy for the PC and Xbox 360, Star Trek: Encounters for the PlayStation 2, Star Trek: Tactical Assault for the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable and Star Trek: Conquest for the Wii and PlayStation 2.

Several online games have appeared on the Internet. Vega Trek is a game mod which is planned to eventually become active as a multiplayer game.[4] Flashtrek: Broken Mirror, first created by Vex Xiang, is one of the online Star Trek games, and is entirely browser-based. It has spawned several sequels. One sequel was created by Vex Xiang, and multiple others were created by fans. A newer game titled Star Trek: Broken Mirror was being developed by a man named Darkwing for several years, but was apparently abandoned in 2014.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is one of the newest additions to this genre, and continues the historical pattern of Star Trek-themed simulator breaking new ground. This cross platform game is in a virtual reality environment in which four players actually occupy the bridge of the USS Aegis, Enterprise-D (Through Downloadable Content) or the Original Enterprise. Players get to see each other in real-time, and interact during the game to operate the ship and work together to handle various game scenarios.[5][6]

Pinball games[edit]

Four pinball games have been based on the Star Trek series:

Video games[edit]


Year Title
1983 Star Trek - Strategic Operations Simulator
2000 Star Trek: Borg Contact
2002 Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game


The history of the Star Trek personal computer game franchise began as early as 1971, with a Star Trek text-only computer game written in BASIC. Many PC titles have since been published, and the franchise was one of the first based on a TV program to break into the young PC gamer market in the 1990s. Activision and Viacom signed an agreement to develop games based on the Star Trek property in September 1998[7]

Interplay, Simon & Schuster, MicroProse and Activision released most of the best-known Star Trek games between 2000 and 2003. Titles like Star Trek: Armada, Star Trek: Elite Force and Star Trek: Bridge Commander were all published during this period, as were over half of all the other major Star Trek PC games. The absence of new titles after 2003 was due in large measure to a split and subsequent lawsuit between Activision and Viacom which ended in 2004.

With the departure of Activision in 2003, the franchise under the tenure of Paramount effectively came to a close. Since the end of 2005, CBS has assumed most franchise management, including games and other products. Even with no new licensed titles released during 2003-2006, the older games like Armada and Elite Force still have an avid fan base which keeps the small community going. Development of the new Star Trek: Online title is complete and the game was made available for sale on February 2, 2010.[8]

Star Trek: Alien Domain is a 2015 flash-based Star Trek multiplayer strategy game developed by GameSamba in conjunction with CBS Interactive.[9]

Commercial games[edit]

Year Title Platform Developer, publisher
1971 Star Trek (text game) Multiple Mike Mayfield
1972 Star Trek (script game) PDP-10 Don Daglow
1973 Super Star Trek Multiple (BASIC) Bob Leedom, David H. Ahl
1976 Galaxy 8008, 8080, SCELBI Bob Findley, SCELBI Computer Consulting
1977 Star Trek Apple 1 Bob Bishop, Interface Age
1979 Apple Trek Apple II Wendell Sander, Apple Computer
1980 3-D Star Trek Atari 800 Color Software
1980 Battle Trek TRS-80 Gilman Louie, Voyager Software
1980 Star Trek 3.5 TRS-80, Apple II, Atari 800 Adventure International
1981 Star Trek DOS
1981 Tari Trek Atari 800 Quality Software
1982 Video Trek 88 DOS Windmill Software
1982 NewTrek DOS
1982 SpaceTrek 2 Commodore 64
1982 Super Star Trek DOS
1982 Dragon Trek Dragon 32/64 Salamander Software
1982 Star Trek Dragon 32/64 Personal Software Services
1982 The Warp Factor Apple II, DOS Strategic Simulations, Inc.
1983 Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (ports) Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Colecovision, C64, VIC-20 Sega Enterprises, Inc.
1983 Galaxy Trek DOS Larry E. Jordan
1983 Star Trek Commodore 64 Interceptor Micro's Software
1983 Star Trek 6.8 Commodore 64 Anik Microsystems
1983 3D Time Trek Commodore 64 Anirog Software Ltd.
1983 Trek Adventure Commodore 64 Aardvark-80
1984 Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation DOS Clockwork Software
1984 NET TREK Macintosh
1984 StarShip: Invasion DOS Thinking Machine Associates
1985 Star Trek Evolution (diskette included 3 games) Commodore 64 Load'n'Go / One Step / Green Valley Publishing
1985 Star Trek: The Kobayashi Alternative Apple II, C64, DOS Simon & Schuster
1986 Trek73 DOS David A. Soussan
1986 Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy Apple II, C64, DOS Simon & Schuster
1986 Trivial Trek DOS Rugsoft, Inc.
1986 Star Trek: Trivia Game, Volume 1 DOS Apogee Software, Ltd.
1986 Tommy's Trek DOS Tommy's Toys
1987 Three Dimensional Star Trek DOS Carl Schelin
1987 TREK DOS Carl McLawhorn
1987 Star Trek: The Rebel Universe Atari ST, C64, DOS Simon & Schuster
1988 Star Trek: The Last Generation DOS Xordanbhorgh, Inc.
1988 Star Trek: First Contact DOS Micromosaics, Simon & Schuster Interactive
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Transinium Challenge DOS
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier DOS Level Systems, Mindscape
1990 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Trivia Game DOS Sci-Fi / Futuristic
1990 Visual Star Trek (VTrek) DOS
1991 Begin 2 DOS Clockwork Software
1992 NCC-1701 Windows 3.x Robert W. Feakins
1992 3D Trek DOS Scott Douglas
1992 The Alcor Trivia Pro Classic Star Trek (Star Log - I) DOS The Alcor Group, Inc.
1992 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary DOS, Macintosh, Amiga Interplay Entertainment
1992 EGA Trek: The Mongol Invasion DOS Arcanum Computing, Sofsource, Inc.
1993 Star Trek: Judgment Rites DOS, Macintosh Interplay Entertainment
1995 Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity DOS, Macintosh Spectrum HoloByte, MicroProse
1996 Star Trek: Klingon Windows, Macintosh Simon & Schuster
1996 Star Trek: Borg Windows, Macintosh Simon & Schuster
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger DOS, Macintosh Stormfront Studios, Viacom NewMedia
1997 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows, Macintosh High Voltage Software, Interplay Entertainment
1997 Star Trek Generations Windows MicroProse
1998 Star Trek Pinball DOS Interplay Entertainment
1998 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Klingon Honor Guard Windows, Macintosh MicroProse
1998 Star Trek: The Game Show Windows, Macintosh
1998 Star Trek: Starship Creator Windows, Macintosh Imergy, Simon & Schuster
1999 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Birth of the Federation Windows MicroProse, Hasbro
1999 Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury Cancelled Interplay Entertainment
1999 Star Trek: Starfleet Command Windows Quicksilver Software, Interplay Entertainment
1999 Star Trek: Hidden Evil Windows Presto Studios, Activision
2000 Star Trek: Starfleet Command - Captain's Edition Windows Quicksilver Software, Inc., Interplay Entertainment Corp.
2000 Star Trek: Armada Windows Mad Doc Software, Activision
2000 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen Windows, Macintosh The Collective, Simon & Schuster
2000 Star Trek: ConQuest Online Windows Genetic Anomalies, Activision
2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy Windows 14 Degrees East, Interplay Entertainment
2000 Star Trek: New Worlds Windows 14 Degrees East, Interplay Entertainment
2000 Star Trek: Starfleet Command II: Empires at War Windows Taldren, Interplay Entertainment
2000 Star Trek: Starship Creator Warp II Windows Imergy, Simon & Schuster Interactive
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Windows, Macintosh Raven Software, Activision
2001 Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force expansion pack Windows Raven Software Corporation, Activision Publishing, Inc.
2001 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars Windows Gizmo Games, Simon & Schuster
2001 Star Trek: Armada II Windows Mad Doc Software, Activision
2001 Star Trek: Away Team Windows Reflexive Entertainment, Activision
2001 Star Trek: Borg Assimilator Cancelled Activision
2001 Star Trek: Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates Windows Taldren, Interplay Entertainment
2002 Star Trek: Starfleet Command III Windows Taldren, Activision
2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Windows Totally Games, Activision
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Windows, Macintosh Ritual Entertainment, Activision
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Windows, Xbox 360 Mad Doc Software, Bethesda Softworks
2009 Star Trek: DAC Windows, Xbox 360, Macintosh, PlayStation 3 Naked Sky Entertainment, Paramount Digital Entertainment
2010 Star Trek Online Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Atari, Cryptic Studios, Perfect World Entertainment
2011 Star Trek Infinite Space Cancelled as of 2012, Windows, Macintosh GameForge
2013 Star Trek Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Digital Extremes
2015 Star Trek: Alien Domain Browser GameSamba
2016 Star Trek Timelines Browser, iOS, Android Disruptor Beam
2017 Star Trek: Bridge Crew Windows, PlayStation 4 Ubisoft
2018 Star Trek Adversaries Discontinued as of 2019, Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android Puppet Master Games


Year Title Platform
1979 Star Trek: Phaser Strike Microvision
1982 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Vectrex
1983 Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 400/800/1200XL, ColecoVision, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Nintendo Entertainment System (cancelled)
1991 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Nintendo Entertainment System
1992 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Game Boy
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future's Past Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Game Gear
Star Trek: The Next Generation Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echoes from the Past Game Gear, Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Star Trek Generations: Beyond the Nexus Game Boy, Game Gear
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator Sega 32X, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Crossroads of Time Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Advanced Holodeck Tutorial Game Gear
2000 Star Trek: Invasion PlayStation
Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Windows, Mac OS 9, PlayStation 2
2004 Star Trek: Shattered Universe PlayStation 2, Xbox
2006 Star Trek: Tactical Assault PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS
Star Trek: Legacy Xbox 360, Windows
Star Trek: Encounters PlayStation 2
2007 Star Trek: Conquest Wii, PlayStation 2
2009 Star Trek: DAC Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
2013 Star Trek Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
2016 Star Trek Online Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, Macintosh
2017 Star Trek: Bridge Crew PlayStation 4, Windows


Year Title Platform Developer, Publisher
2009 Star Trek: The Mobile Game iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch) Electronic Arts
2013 Star Trek: Rivals iOS Elephant Mouse
2013 Convoy Raider 2013 Windows Metro, Android, Apple iOS
2014 Romulan 2014 Windows Metro, Android, Apple iOS
2014 Starfleet 2014 Windows Metro, Android, Apple iOS
2014 Star Trek Trexels iOS, Android Xcube Games, YesGnome, LLC
2016 Star Trek Timelines iOS, Android Disruptor Beam
2018 Star Trek Trexels II Android Kongregate
2018 Star Trek Fleet Command iOS, Android Scopely

Electronic and casino games[edit]

  • Star Trek Super Phaser 2 Target Game is similar to Laser Tag (1976)
  • Star Trek Phaser Battle Game is similar a tabletop arcade game
  • Star Trek is a casino slot machine game designed and marketed by WMS Industries since 2008[10]
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Red Alert, video game gambling machine.[11][12]

Handheld electronic games[edit]

Numerous stand-alone electronic handheld and tabletop games have been produced by manufacturers like Bandai, Coleco, Konami, and others. Pair Match, manufactured by Bandai in 1984, appeared in several Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Star Trek: The Game". BoardGameGeek.
  2. ^ "Star Trek Database".
  3. ^ Ahl, David H., ed. (1976). "Super Star Trek". The Best of Creative Computing. pp. 275–281. ISBN 0-916688-01-1.
  4. ^ Posting on official website for Vega Trek. Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the right kind of Virtual Reality disaster, By GamesRadar Staff April 24, 2017News
  7. ^ "Activision and Viacom Consumer Products Sign Exclusive 10-Year Pact For Interactive Games Based on Star Trek Property". PR Newswire. Cision. September 28, 1998. Archived from the original on December 2, 1998. Retrieved June 15, 2019 – via
  8. ^ Star Trek Online website
  9. ^ Fahey, Mike (September 17, 2015). "Boldly Build Bases In Star Trek: Alien Domain". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Green, Marian "A matter of persistence…", Casino, June 1, 2012
  11. ^ "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:Red Alert Video Game Preview – TrekToday". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  12. ^ "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Red Alert Video Game Gambling Machine Revealed". Star Trek. Retrieved 2019-08-01.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Current online games, at
  • 20Q Star Trek - An online artificial intelligence game that covers all classic Star Trek TV shows and movies, plus characters, gadgets and locations