Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova

Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova

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Star Trek Prodigy Supernova

It’s fair to say that Star Trek is going through a bit of a good time just now, from shows like Lower Decks and Picard leading the way.  And there’s even rumours of Chris Pine returning for a fourth movie, it’s a good time to be a Trekkie.  Another surprise hit has been Star Trek: Prodigy – a Nickelodeon animated series that aims to attract younger fans, to all things Star Trek.  Set in 2383, five years after the USS Voyager returned to Earth at the end of Star Trek: Voyager.  A motley crew of young aliens find an abandoned Starfleet ship – the USS Protostar – in a Tars Lamora prison colony.  After taking control of the ship, the group of youngsters must learn to work together, as they make their way from the Delta Quadrant to the Alpha Quadrant.  While learning the values of Starfleet and also escaping their former captors.

As shows go it’s actually a fun watch, even for a… check notes… 36 year old, as the show captures the core ideas, sense of adventure and the unknown the franchise is best known for.  So it’s a bit of a no brainer that there is also a tied-in game to the series called Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova, by Madrid based developers Tessera Studios.  Its tale is set during the first season of the show and sees favourites Dal R’El and Gwyndala, having to race against time to save their friends, their ship, and an entire planetary system before a supernova destroys them all.  While battling a deadly new enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy the Protostar and ultimately change the very course of history itself.  It’s a tale that feels like an episode in both tone and weight, and fans will enjoy its twists and turns.  Though it isn’t that important to have seen the show before playing, but a base knowledge of things will hold you in good stead.

Gameplay in Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova is based on you switching between the heroes or teaming up with a mate and running things in co-op on the couch.  Levels are set across three different planets and cut into a number of different stages, which are linear, though there are lots of unlocks and collectables to find if you search each area well.  As you search you’ll find crystals, which can be used to upgrade your kit by talking to members of the crew.  Although in an interesting move, you must rescue them first before gaining access to their upgrades, plus they can then help you in a fight.  Combat is simple but clunky, with the controls never feeling as precise or as tight as you would hope given its melee focus.  Things get better though when you come across the games numerous puzzles, which often see you having to change the flow of energy.  However, it does feel like each new puzzle throws in an extra layer to things and by the end there are a lot of parts you have to remember.

Visually Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova looks good with a nice art style that mirrors that of the show, as for sound a lot of voice talent from the show returns; including Kate Mulgrew as Janeway, Brett Gray as Dal R’El and Ella Purnell as Gwyndala… to name but a few.  Although there are issues around audio mixing with the overall music being washed out by the sound effects and voice more often than not and oddly subtitles matching up with the actual spoken lines at times.  Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova is a light hearted outing that delivers a deeper dive into a world that fans will enjoy, serving up a solid experience and fun co-op along the way too.

An Xbox review copy of Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova was provided by Outright Games PR team, and it’s available now on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch for around £35.

The Verdict

7Good

The Good: Looks like the show | Uses the right voice talent | Fun in co-op

The Bad: Few samey levels | Combat is too loose | Audio balancing

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