Video games never fail to amaze me. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something comes out of the woodwork to really impress me.

I remember playing Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator as a kid on my Atari 2600. It was a fairly accurate rendition, but what game ever really did bring the complete arcade experience home?

I was at the Pinball Hall of Fame this weekend, when I happened to stumble across this gem of a game:

And it was amazing with the vector graphics, sound effects of Spock and Scotty, and the layout of the cabinet was great. The sit-down version was fairly respectable facsimile of sitting in Kirk’s chair, and with both arms reaching for Warp, Phasers and Photons, and lining up Klingons in your sides, it’s a greatly satisfying experience.

I found a fairly cool YouTube video. Ignore the Jerry Goldsmith score (or not) as it’s not in the game, but it does add for a compelling looking video.

I will definitely be returning to play this. If you ever find a sit-down unit, make it a point to check it out.

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