Star Trek (Atari 400/800)

Star Trek: Tactical Operations Simulator (Atari 400/800)

Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator was an arcade game produced by Sega in 1983. Most, if not all of the home ports followed pretty quickly and were also released in 1983. This game was ported to the Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Atari 5200, Atari 2600, VIC-20, ColecoVision and Apple II in addition to the Atari 8-bit line. The Atari 400/800 port falls somewhere in the middle in terms of quality. It is, of course better than the Atari 2600, the same as the Atari 5200 version (it’s basically the same hardware after all) and not quite as good (at least in my opinion) as the Commodore 64 version.

The game was somewhat unique in that you had two simultaneous viewpoints of the action. The bottom part of the screen shows a first person point of view and when you get close enough you can see and target an enemy ship using this viewpoint. On the top part of the screen, you have a broader overhead view of the action so you can see all enemies and any starbase in the sector you are in.

No matter what version you play, they are all pretty much the same in terms of game play. Some versions have better graphics than others and many lose the voice synthesis of the arcade version but they are all pretty fun to play.