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Star Trek: Klingon

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Klingon CD cover

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the bumper sticker
Star Trek: Klingon (referred to as "Klingon CD" and therefore abbreviated as KCD) is the name of a computer game of 1996 including a Klingon language lab. The subtitle of the game is "The ultimative interactive adventure".

The game

The player assumes the role of the Klingon boy poq (Pok), who is about to become a man, a warrior, a true tlhIngan SuvwI'.

"Star Trek: Klingon" is best described as interactive movie - if you don't stress the "interactive". Your actions throughout the game are severly limited, but somehow you don't mind - because watching the movie is far too interesting. Real(life) video, directed by Jonathan Frakes, whole 90 minutes of it. Klingons (almost) all the time - afterwards you're going to miss the bumpy foreheads. Though your actual decisions are few, and all of them have only one right way, you can pausethe game and click almost anytime, and "ask" for information about this and that, enriching your knowledge of Klingon culture.

The game is quite straight-forward, there is only right and wrong - but sometimes the wrong way is interesting nonetheless.

The story

The story is rather simple, though there are (more or less) two of them - story in a story, so to speak. The "outer" story is that you are a Human, playing a holodeck adventure, with Gowron as the narrator/guide. He'll usually talk to you when you take the wrong action - or none at all. The actual story, though, is the one mentioned above - about young poq, who is to become a man. On this very day, however, his father is murdered - so he, as well as the others, swears a blood-oath, to find the murderers of his father and take revenge.

During the journey you'll experience several "typically Klingon" situations - think like a Klingon, and you'll succeed. Think like a human, and, well - it's just a game.

Technical details

Appearance

The game is devilivered in a standard CD-box with three CDs and a booklet. Two of them contain the game, the third one includes the Language Lab, and parts of Power Klingon as audio CD.

Compatibility

The game was released in 1996, so it was made for Windows 95. It still kept running until Windows 98, but later versions not accepted it. The video is encoded in an unusual codec, so that one cannot simply open it from modern computers.

The contents of the language lab though can be accessed by any usual computer, so you can easily browse through images, videos and description sound files. See Klingon CD notes for details on these.

versions

There are at least 3 versions of this game available, probably 4. They're essentially the same with different publisher/packaging. One version for PC, one for MacIntosh.

published by Simon & Schuster Interactive

MacIntosh:
superior graphic, probably because the video has not been butchered, as for the PC version. The original video dimensions were 320x240 - for the PC version it was reduced to 320x200 - a one-side only resize. Making an oblong out of a square. Interestingly, it has the largest package, the words "STAR TREK" are in silver.

Additionally, this Mac-Version contains a bumper sticker with the writing qIm tera'ngan!, with the correct translation "Attention, Earther". The bumper sticker has a height of 96 mm and a width of 210 mm. This latter size is relevant in Millimeter because it's the same width of an A4 sheet, but that may be a coincidence.

PC:
worse graphic - it's not brilliant to begin with, but the resize-manhandling surely did it's best to worsen it. This PC version doesn't come with anything of interest. It is the version sold by the KLI. The package is slightly smaller, though still too large, considering that all that's inside is a 4 CD case with the manual as inlay. The words "STAR TREK" are written in white.

published by CIC, London

MacIntosh:
I can only guess, as I don't have it. Probably the same as the S&S version, except for packaging.

PC:
Obviously a 1:1 copy of the S&S CDs, though with different CD labels. This version features a rather large manual, not the inlay as with the others.

It may be a reprint, or a local version - I have no clue. Funny thing, the text on the backside of the box is written in English, German, and three other languages which I don't know, though I suppose it's French, Spanish and something else. Maybe it's a European version? The package is, again, smaller than the S&S PC-Version, though it too features the white "STAR TREK". Unlike the other two, it's made of stiff cardboard, two halves, instead of a folded paper-box with cardboard inlay. The most interesting fact is that THIS version comes with "Exclusive set of 4 Klingon colour stills enclosed" (sticker on box). These color stlls are taken from the game, featuring Gowron and three other klingons. They're nice, but nothing spectacular.

My conclusion:

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If you want to PLAY the game, get the MacIntosh version - the graphics are better. I can't guarantee that it'll work, though, I doubt the game's been optimized for MacIntosh, so you probably will need an older system. The PC version won't play on a computer with anything newer than Windows 98, I'm afraid. It simply doesn't run with Win 2000. You might get it running by using compatibility mode, but I wouldn't recommend doing so. The game seems to use rather low level programming, meaning it tries to access the hardware directly, which could result in serious problems under systems that are rather picky with direct hardware access.

A few videos from the game are available on the net, the most interesting probably being the Klingon Anthem.

The book

There is also a book version of the game available. It does not contain a simple retelling, but rather some story before and after what happens during the game.

The few words of Klingon are quite good, except that they're misspelled (probably a typeset problem). A definite must for those who liked the game. An audio version exists as well.

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