Warning: One of the best games ever made.
Woohoo!! I looked all day for this game, and finally found it. I went and asked my cousin, and thankfully he remembered the name. EGA Trek – a completely cool clone of a very early Star Trek game, but better than any of the Star Trek games I’ve ever tried (which is near to about 0 or 2, so that might not say much). But yes, this was and continues to be a great game, I played it for years when it came out. Admittedly when you look at it and have a go you might get put off, but once you get the hang of it and start to really get into it, you’ll find you get hooked.
Basically there are evil Mongols in the galaxy, and your job is to travel around the sectors and exterminate the lot. The Mongols pose a threat to the Union (yeah a take off of that wonderful phenomenon that we call Star Trek). Yeah it sounds rather fun and easy, but it’s not that easy. There are many complications that come with exterminating Mongols ;).
You are a pretty little yellow ship, and you can see yourself on the lovely blue grid. The Mongol ships are blue, green or red or a variety of colours really, the different colours sybmolise different ships that would therefore have different strengths. There are Mongol bases you can find, and it’s a good idea to kill these, as it will prevent more Mongols threatening your existence. Also in addition to Mongols, there are Vandals. They fly around in very cool looking ships, but you also want to kill them, because they are evil too 😉
There are also really cool things in the galaxy of sectors though, like planets and friendly ships and space bases, where you can repair and restock your supplies and your fuel – you do not want to run out of fuel while saving the galaxy! (I’m getting Tradewars déj� vu). There are stars, but beware the novas and black holes. The friendly bases or ships might send out distress calls, which you can go and save them and be the hero.
I managed to save the galaxy on the first three difficulty settings, but there are five. And they get VERY hard – trust me.
You’ll need something to slow down your computer when playing this game, see our Utilities page in the menu for a variety of slow down utilities that can be used. Marrsy would recommend Turbo ;). But other than that, because this is a text-based interface, it runs in CGA and VGA and runs fine on old and new computers.
There is a deluxe version of this game, but I heard that it is no different to the shareware version besides some annoying screen (I don’t remember finding anything annoying so this could be the deluxe?). I give this game a 10/10 for addiction, I honestly played it for years and years until my computer got the Junkie virus and died *sniff* so its great to have it again! Download and have a play, it kicks some serious arse.
- MobyGames: EGA Trek: The Mongol Invasion
Read all about it on MobyGames.
- Wikipedia: EGA Trek: The Mongol Invasion
Read all about it on Wikipedia.
- Official EGA Trek
This is the official page of EGA Trek, explains a bit about the game. There are some screenshots, and a link back to the home page to see the other games that Nels Anderson has made. Some of you might remember Shooting Gallery, I was rather suprised to find that was made by the same designer. Nels Anderson has made a few very cool games, definately support him and check them out. You can purchase the full version.
- Classic Gaming - Game
of the Week
I just wanted to prove how cool this game is, so when I just did a search for it, it showed it was 'Game of the Week' over on classicgaming.com. How cool is that? :D
EGA Trek: The Mongol Invasion
- Designed by: Nels Anderson
Size: 128kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)