Released in the glory days of graphic adventures and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary was an MS-DOS based game that brought the world of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and co. into the then modern age of computer gaming with 256-color VGA graphics and digitized sound for the first time in a Star Trek game. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary was a combination of a point-and-click adventure game and a starship simulator. At release the game proved to be a moderate success both financially and critically. A sequel, Star Trek: Judgment Rites, was released a few years later. The game was developed and published by Interplay.
Removed from known Star Trek canon, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary used the then new chapter format of game play, deviating from the widely used single story arc. In doing so it made the game more manageable to play. By utilizing several characters throughout each mission/story you were awarded a score based on your performance on that mission. There are seven missions/stories in the game:
- Demon World;
- Love's Labor Jeopardized;
- Another Fine Mess...;
- Feathered Serpent;
- That Old Devil Moon; and
As was customary in the early days of the CD-ROM/multimedia craze, Star Trek: 25th Anniversary would later be re-released with a CD-ROM version that included voice acting by the original cast. This version of the game was released on GOG.com on May 7th 2015, and the following day on Steam.