A STAR TREK EXPERIENCE UNLIKE ANY YOU'VE HAD BEFORE
You are hereby authorized to assume command of this official inspection tour, to move throughout the ship without restriction, as you investigate the 24th Century's crowning technological achievement, the Starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D.
You'll travel the corridors, command the bridge, handle the controls, and explore every facet of the holodeck nd engineering. Secrets the Cardassians would love to get their hands on are at your fingertips. Examine the ship's hull from space, seeing everything in exquisite detail, from the warp nacelles to the shuttle bay, the Captain's yacht to the main deflector shield.
Then take a break at Ten-Forward.
From detailed schematics of the ship's most vital systems to the personal effects of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his senior officers, you'll go where only crew members have gone before. Welcome aboard..
- Featuring the actual sets, props and models used in the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Fully explore 360-degree, photographic interiors and exteriors
- Travel 150 fly-throughs of corridors connecting the interior quarters
- Examine hundreds of objects, diagrams, text entries and episode clips
- Discover behind-the-scenes info, plus locations and objects never seen before
~ from the back of the box
The well that is the Star Trek lore is a deep one, so it's always a good time to dip your toe into, or even have a swim. In fact, casual and hard core fans alike may get trapped there if they peer into the waters for too long. Ever since 1994, Windows users could soak in the information thanks to the Star Trek: The Next Generation - Interactive Technical Manual.
Originally a somewhat successful book published in 1991, the CD-ROM contains the same plethora of information from the technicalities behind Warp drives, to the fanciful facilities in the Captain's Quarters. While it could be easy for this to be a glorified 'making of' of the television show, the contents it provides is presented as if it were fact.
Using Quicktime's new-fangled VR technology (basically 360° wraparounds), you can explore the ship at your leisure or as part of a tour hosted by Commander Riker himself. If you go your own way, you can travel the various rooms via nodes loke a first-person adventure or zip to them using the dots found on the map.
Other than this, you can get a static closeup view on some items for a more detailed look. The mouse icon will change when hovering over them but with a viewing window so small, it can be quite hard to tell what it is. Thankfully, the wraparound panoramas can be zoomed in and out using the + and - keys.
An updated version (which remains elusive to me) was released as a bonus for the DVD release of one of the seasons, though it was exclusive to American Best Buy stores. From what I can tell, it only updated the installer to work on Windows XP. As such, with this working version using PCEm, I'm in no real rush to find it.
Overall, it's a pretty nifty application that's perfect for any Trekkie out there.
To download the game, follow the link below. This exclusive installer uses PCem running Windows '95. Press Ctrl-Alt-PgDown to toggle fullscreen. Press Ctrl-End or middle mouse button to release the mouse. Manual and original book included. Tested on Windows 10.
IMPORTANT - Remember to shut down the emulated version of Windows before exiting PCem. This could potentially result in errors, lost saves and corrupt data. Close the program only when it is safe to do so.
File Size: 615 Mb. Install Size: 1.03 Gb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Interactive Technical Manual is © Simon & Schuster Interactive
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Technical Manual (the book) is © Simon & Schuster Pocket Books
Star Trek: The Next Generation (the show) is © Paramount Pictures
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me