Star Trek™: Starfleet Academy (1997)

About This Game

There is a Place in the Galaxy where legends are born. WELCOME TO STARFLEET ACADEMY.
Captain Kirk, Commander Chekov, Captain Sulu. Before they were legends, they were cadets at the most celebrated training facility in the universe – Starfleet Academy.

A vast array of missions will test your ingenuity, leadership and courage – and determine if you’ve got what it takes to graduate first in your class. Going where no simulator has gone before, you’ll get a chance to command 4 classic Federation Starships (including the USS Enterprise) in combat against 30 of the finest alien spacecraft – from a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey to a Romulan Heavy Cruiser. All the while, Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Commander Chekov (Walter Koenig), and George Takei in a special appearance as Captain Sulu, are there to provide instruction as well as inspiration.


The player takes the role of human Cadet David Forester, leader of a cadet group at Starfleet’s San Francisco–based Command College. The player has to pass all the simulated missions, optionally including the infamous Kobayashi Maru scenario. The scenarios, in addition to simple combat situations, include a recreation of Kirk’s near-disastrous starship confrontation with Khan Noonien Singh which Kirk ruefully admits is used to teach cadets to avoid his serious mistake that nearly doomed his ship. In addition, between simulator scenarios, Forester must keep his crew in check and prevent personality clashes from lowering team performance by choosing the right dialogue options during cutscenes.

The cadet crew consists of a Vulcan science officer called Sturek, a female Andorian communications officer named Vanda M’Giia, and a detached and shy human engineer Robin Brady, with Trill Jana Akton at the helm and human Geoff Corin at navigation.

During the course of the game it is possible to foil the machinations of the Vanguard — a fanatical terrorist group dedicated to overthrowing the Federation government and installing Kirk as a despot — and to investigate the cause of increasing tensions around the Klingon Neutral Zone. On the other hand, it is possible to be dismissed from the Academy in disgrace if the wrong choice is made during certain full motion video sequences directed by Martin Denning at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The game has a multiplayer starship combat mode that allows up to 32 players to play together.


  • Experience the Kobayashi Maru, from STAR TREK II: The Wrath of Khan, The Balance of Terror and some of Captain Kirk’s other famous encounters.
  • Featuring filmed footage of the original Star Trek actors for the first time in any Star Trek computer game.
  • An original music score by Ron Jones, the composer of dozens of Star Trek TV Episodes.

Game Details

Genre Simulation – FPP – Sci-fi
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10)
Languages Audio and text: English
Released September 12, 1997
Size 2.3 GB
Company Interplay / Interplay


Minimum system requirements – Windows:

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.