Ah, but Star Trek was a computer game a full 5 years before the first Star Wars film came out!
This is true.
"As for those pre-Metacritic titles, take a look at the release year for the very first Star Trek game: 1971. Written in BASIC shortly after the series originally aired, the first Star Trek game inspired a number of knockoffs, and became better known later in the 1970s when it was included (as Super Star Trek) in a book of BASIC programs."
Super Star Trek has been ported by many aspiring programmers to just about every computer system that has a basic. I remember there were quite a number of versions on my Atari computer user group disks (Dal-ACE).
There was a version of it with the Sol Terminal (1977) that I really like. It was the basis of Stellar Track for the 2600, as well as games like Star Raiders (2600/800/ ST) that came later, Star Master (2600), Phaser Patrol (2600), which would lead to later games like Battlesphere (Jaguar).
Super Star Trek and spiritual successors aside, there has been the arcade based Star Trek SOS game (loved that game) which thanks to SEGA has been ported to many game systems and computers. I used to really love a version of Star Trek by Scott Adams called "Star Trek 3.5" (Someone made a Star Trek II game? Nice!)
I think the most titles I remember seeing were on the Atari ST computer. By then you not only had a ship fighting klingons but full missions and stories. (Rebel Universe, The Next Generation, the Klingon War, etc.)
Not Atari related but I used to enjoy Rescue!! on the earlier Macs. In these notes on the Rescue!! Fan page they mention that the game was based on Space War. Ironically, Space War predated Star Trek by five years!
Edited by doctorclu, Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:26 PM.