Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 165 / JUNE 1994 / PAGE 112

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary CD-ROM Edition. (computer game) (Software Review) (Evaluation)
by Rick Broida

Interplay's reissue of Star Trek: 25th Anniversary on CD-ROM proves you can't have too much of a good thing. It's a terrific game made even better by the addition of some very familiar sound effects.

Indeed, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary has found its voice. Or voices, to be precise. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and the rest of the original crew lend their talents to this CD-ROM edition, voicing every bit of their on-screen counterparts' dialogue. They've turned the game equivalent of a silent movie into a talkie.

The results are tickling, especially to Star Trek fans. In much the same way that John Williams's music brings Rebel Assault to life, so do the actors' voices and original-series sound effects propel Star Trek: 25th Anniversary to warp speed. It's as though, for once, we actually get to play a part in the Star Trek universe that so enchants us.

Little else has changed in Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, save for a new ending. While owners of the original version may be reluctant to shell out more cash for more or less the same game, true fans should recognize the CD-ROM edition for what it is: a collector's item and a uniquely interactive Star Trek adventure.