It looks like the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is playing fast and loose with the Prime Directive again. There have been reports that Star Trek arcade games are being inserted into the terrestrial experience leading diners to ask, are you out of your Vulcan mind?
It will be fifty years on Sept. 8 that the show Gene Roddenberry as a “Wagon Wheel in space” debuted on CBS Television and SciFi writers dropped from the ceiling like tribbles in a cargo hold to write for it. Cancelled after three years, Star Trek was relaunched several times, The latest feature film in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, will explore strange, new worlds, seek out new life and civilizations in theaters starting today.
Dave & Busters is set to explore the final frontier with an all-new, proprietary Star Trek arcade game. The game was developed by Dave & Buster’s and technology company Elaut NV and will be available exclusively at the chain beginning this week.
“Dave & Buster’s is known for bringing its guests the best in arcade entertainment, and we are so proud to add to the Star Trek legacy with such an exciting new game,” said Sean Gleason, chief marketing officer at Dave & Buster’s. “Fans of the legendary franchise will now have another way to celebrate their inner ‘Trekkie’ with a game that is as fun and eye-catching as the series and movies.”
The game is built on a similar model to Elaut’s massively successful Wizard of Oz game. Star Trek’s gameplay revolves around chips and collectable cards featuring images of the iconic crew. Players control a mechanical arm to launch metal tokens at a pile of tokens, chips and collectable Star Trek cards. Chips and cards knocked off the ledge can be picked up and redeemed for prizes.
The first set of eight character cards, available now through October 2016, feature Star Trek legends from the 1960s TV series including Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Sulu, and a rare card featuring the Tribbles.