- Original Release: 2015
- Developer: Justin De Witt
- Publisher: Fireside Games
- Platform: Board Game
Star Trek Panic is a Star Trek version of a popular co-op tower defence board game called Castle Panic. In Castle Panic, you defend a castle while enemies stream from all around you, you have to use your cards to repair your castle walls and defeat the advancing enemies.
Star Trek Panic isn’t simply a retheme of Castle Panic, but brings about new mechanics that suit the theme perfectly. For starters, the Enterprise is not stationary, so you can spin the ship to face your powered shields towards the enemies. You can also move forward, which is simulated not by moving the Enterprise model, but by moving the enemy ships in front of the Enterprise closet (although ships behind the Enterprise don’t move further away). This is important for another main element: the missions.
Your objective isn’t just to withstand an attack, but to complete missions along the way. Each mission is only active for a number of turns and require spending cards to fix problems or moving the Enterprise into unknown ships to investigate. This creates the choice of using cards to defend the Enterprise or to finish the mission to get closer to winning the game. As enemies attack, they’ll first damage shields, then hurt the section of Enterprise relevant to that location: you have cardboard overlays to stick on top of the cardboard Enterprise to show off the damage, and it looks really nice.
Star Trek Panic is a really nice version of an already great board game, with the new additions fitting the Star Trek theme really well. Unfortunately, the physical game never got released in the UK.
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