Star Trek fans, set your phasers to stun! Family-friendly publisher Outright Games have brought Star Trek Prodigy Supernova, an original game based on the animated series, to your favourite console.
This all-new game marks the first ever family-friendly Star Trek game that is aimed at younger players. And, is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova Details
Platform(s): Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC
Reviewed on: Xbox Series X
Developers: Tessera Studios
Publishers: Outright Games
Genre: Action Adventure
Modes: Single player, multiplayer (up to 2 players locally)
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Original game based on the Star Trek Prodigy animated series
Based on the Star Trek Prodigy animated series, Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova begins after the USS Protostar stumbles upon a Dyson Sphere and picks up strange readings. After deciding to investigate, the ship and crew unexpectedly crash land. With their ship seemingly doomed, the crew tries to beam off to safety, but the transporters malfunction, splitting the crew among the three planets orbiting the Dyson Sphere.
It becomes a race against time for Dal R’El and Gwyndala to gather their friends and escape before the local star explodes in a supernova. Overall, the plot of the game feels on par and easily fits well within the Star Trek universe. While you don’t have to have any prior knowledge of Prodigy to enjoy the story.
The game’s story does make references to important events from the animated series. So, if you want to fully understand all the references, you might want to watch or rewatch previous episodes to ensure you’re up to speed.
Use your unique skills to overcome puzzles
Gameplay wise, you’ll explore various planets and switch between playing as Gywn and Dal solving puzzles. These puzzles often involve elements such as power lines, switches, blocks, and transporters. As you progress, you’ll rescue other crewmates who return to the Protostar and occasionally beam down to help unblock your path.
Levels and missions are fairly straightforward, but you can revisit completed stages at any time to collect items you missed or that required help from a rescued crewmember. A feature useful for younger players in the game is the Tricorder. With a simple button press, a pulse is emitted and important objects are highlighted, showing you the way to your next objective.
Dal and Gywn have different abilities, which compliment each other that you use to solve various puzzles. For example, Gywn can crawl and has the ability to turn invisible to avoid security cameras. On the other hand, Dal can lift heavy objects that Gywn can crawl under.
While the game is aimed towards younger players and doesn’t have any extremely difficult challenges. The level of depth and creativity in the second half of the game is pretty impressive. Even if you have no prior knowledge of the story or characters , you can still enjoy the game.
The look and feel of the Prodigy animated series
If you’re a fan of the Prodigy series, you’ll instantly notice that Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova looks, feels and sounds like the animated series. The visuals, while not as flashy as the animated series, are on point and do the job to immserse you in the game’s world.
The individual levels have distinct looks and the underlying art is well-matched with the style of Star Trek Prodigy. The game features all the voice over actors from the animated series and for the most part is very well done. Additionally, the game’s musical score compliments the visuals and animation. The sweeping orchestral score adds mood and emotion to the game. And, the Prodigy theme song is played at the beginning of the game and during important moments throughout the game.
Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova final thoughts
Star Trek Prodigy Supernova is a great introduction for kids into the world of Star Trek gaming. While the game’s story does make references to the animated series it is based off of, you don’t have to have prior knowledge to fully enjoy the story.
Tessera Studios and Outright Games have done a great job conveying the spirit of the show not only through the look and feel but also the game’s story. It’s a top-down, level-based, adventure game with a strong focus on combat and puzzle solving. Its straightforward gameplay, the ability to replay levels and discover new items and the option to play with a friend in local co-op mode makes it ideal for younger players.
+ Captures the look, feel and sound of the animated series
+ Co-operative local multiplayer is fun
+ Surprising level of depth and creativity
+ Well-paced campaign
– Combat can get a bit repetitive
– Minor performance issues
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF STAR TREK PRODIGY SUPERNOVA
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 3.5/5