(This is part of my journey going checking out Star Trek 25th Anniversary. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.)
We’re getting close to the end of this game — just two missions left! With the wonderfully named “That Old Devil Moon,” the Enterprise is off to the Alpha Proxima system where a pre-warp civilization where two races used a missile defense system to nuke their planet back into the industrial age. With the Starfleet observation post offline, it’s time to investigate.
Naturally, the second the party beams down Scotty calls to say that the transporters are offline and will continue to be so for an hour. Shuttles? Who ever heard of shuttles? Apparently not this game. Kirk does his usual thing by disregarding advanced technology in his pockets and grabbing a rock instead. What is up with this game and rocks? Should just make them Starfleet standard issue, really.
As the away team investigates the door concealing a mysterious power source, Scotty calls again to say that a virus has now disabled the phasers and tractor beams. But what about the beer dispenser, Scotty? Priorities, man!
So in a previous mission we had a race all hot for base 6 numbering, now we have a base 3 race. STOP TRYING TO TEACH ME MATH STAR TREK.
The long and the short of it is that the moon’s missile defense system is now back online and trying to re-nuke the planet, not realizing the war is long over. But the Enterprise can’t destroy the moon since it’s a god to the people. A god who is about to rain radiation and fire upon them, even so.
Uhura reports that the virus is disabled and the ship has phasers back online… sort of. More than 10 missiles launched at a time and the Enterprise won’t be able to intercept.
The ending to this mission is a big disappointment — to tell the truth, the whole episode is pretty lackluster in puzzles and narrative. I mean, this is supposed to be about racing to prevent a nuclear holocaust, and yet the most exciting thing Kirk does is connect a wire from one computer to another. We never even see a missile launch!