GermanTrekkie - RetroTrek #1 Star Trek Combat Arena - A Short Introduction

GermanTrekkie – RetroTrek – Star Trek: Combat Arena – A Timeless Classic

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Welcome to the first episode of RetroTrek a series in which I take a look at retro or classic Star Trek games. Each month or more or less than that will focus on one game. First I’ll give you a little introduction to the game followed by gameplay in form of live streams concluding with a final review of the game. Sometimes though we might take a look at ships or specific Lore aspects of these games. Before I get it into it though, I would like to ask you guys if you could subscribe. It’s totally free and you can always unsubscribe if you change your mind.

Star Trek: Combat Arena was released in 1989 on the platform DOS. For those of you who don’t know DOS stands for disc operating system also known as a disk-based system. Combat Arena is a one or two-player, keyboard controlled space combat simulator. Long time channel fans might see parallels to Star Trek: Bridge Commander which I like to view as a successor to this game. Although this has never been confirmed. In order to play against the AI, a player has to run a command in the form TREK x, x defining a number from 0 to 4. The AI is also always on the left when selecting a ship at the beginning of the game.

Elitist Software in 1989
(CBS/Elitist Software in 1989) Star Trek Combat Arena In-game Screen

Unlike Bridge Commander the number of ships and maps is limited. Adding in a planet is optional and will give the player cover, although hitting it causes damage to the ship. There are eight available ship types for the player to choose from. The Romulan Warbird, Klingon Battlecruiser, Federation Heavy Cruiser, Andromedan Intruder, Kzinti, Hydran, Tholian and Orion. All of the ships have different strengths and weaknesses. If playing with someone else both players theoretically can have the same ship. But I think using the random ship assign option probably would make the game interesting.

I’m looking forward to doing some gameplay on the stream and see how this game works. Make sure to set a notification for Fridays Livestream in order not to miss it. It would be my first time playing this game so it could be quite interesting. If any of you have the game but no DOS operating system check out DOSBOX. It’s a free emulator and there are some good tutorials out there.

Anyways that’s it for this short introduction. I hope you like the concept of this new series let me know which games I should play in future and let me know if you like to see more.

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