Home Computing Weekly24th January 1984
Published in Home Computing Weekly #46
The multi-versioned Star Trek has been around for light years, but will be new to thousands of new Spectrum owners. You patrol, in the USS Enterprise, an 8 x 8 grid of space quadrants on a Klingon search and destroy mission.
You may jump up to six quadrants, in any direction, by inputing course and warp speed and travel quadrants by impulse power in the same way.
A short and long range scanner reveal frients and enemies in the current and surrounding quadrants; phasers, photon torpedoes and one anti-matter bomb provide armament and shields give defence.
This version offers a good "operating manual", very detailed damage and status reports; and a choice of star systems, increasingly difficult in terms of Klingons and time allowed. Failure rates "intergalactic cook" - success could lead to my rank of Adjutant First Class.
The help command produces an abort situation, forcing you to wait for mission time to elapse. I disliked unreadable red on dark blue reports and incomprehensible "Status 0.0.0.4" messages and no LOAD instructions but graphics and sound effects are first class.