If you're a big Star Trek fan then this should interest you: YesGnome's simulation game based on the iconic series, Star Trek Trexels [Free], has added brand new content based on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and to celebrate they've dropped the price of the game to free for the first time since releasing last December. I have to admit that when Star Trek Trexels first came out, I became pretty obsessed with it. The game has a heavy Tiny Tower vibe as you slowly build out your own Starship Enterprise with various types of rooms and put together a crew to run it all. As you explore the galaxy, you'll embark on missions of diplomacy, scientific discovery, and of course combat. It's certainly not the deepest experience in the world, but it's oddly compelling and does great Star Trek fan service.

The problem is, Star Trek Trexels was a paid game with a very freemium feel. Even if the game had been free from the start, it never quite felt like the balance was right as it was infuriatingly difficult to get the proper amount of resources to build out your ship and amass a crew that was worth a damn. For months, I gave it the old college try and definitely made headway, but eventually I got to a point where missions were too difficult for the crew and ship that I had and I found myself not able to progress any further through the galaxy. There were several updates that came along that were supposed to tweak the balance, and perhaps they did, but it was too late for me.

Anyway, today's update looks to be the biggest for the game yet, with brand new characters and missions all pulled straight from The Next Generation part of the Star Trek series. You can even choose the Next Generation version of the Enterprise for your ship hull. The combat missions have also been overhauled, there's a bunch of different social features that allow you to share your ship setup and enlist friends for more rewards, and last but not least you'll now hear the all-important "swish" noise when characters are moving from room to room within the ship. It's the little things that count.

For free, I'd definitely recommend downloading Star Trek Trexels if you're a Star Trek fan or a fan of those building simulation games like Tiny Tower. At its heart, it really is a good game. I'll (reluctantly) be trying the game out again myself in hopes that the balance of the progression has been smoothed over in the months that I've been away.

  • TimTim92

    Coolio, yo

  • ImJPaul

    I thought this game got pulled?

  • JJE McManus

    Timers attached to timers that lead to timers for timers.
    Minimum gameplay. Maximum pay to play speed up pressure
    Don't be fooled unless you want to be some devs sugar daddy

    • nini

      Then don't pay in, drop it once you hit a wall, guess who's no longer the sugar daddy.

      • JJE McManus

        Too late
        I bought it when they first started this scam
        Once bitten...etc

  • nini

    "brand new characters and missions all pulled straight from The Next Generation part of the Star Trek series."Part of? Series of shows maybe, you're clearly not a trekker I see.

    • NOEN

      Aren't they called "Trekkies"? I dunno. I'm a Star Wars fan.

  • VirtualBoyFreak

    Before the update, TNG clothing was available as a >$10 IAP. Have they set the IAP on sale too?

    • KiwiRed

      I don't know if it's on sale or if the price has just been changed, but now it's $2.99 each for Wrath and TNG uniforms unlocks. The Enterprise-D hull is 22 dilithium. And there's a TNG pack that unlocks the TNG uniform, Ent-D hull and gives you Lt. Commander Data for $1.99.

      • VirtualBoyFreak

        Thanks, those are much better prices than what I remembered. Might have to reinstall and transfer my old savegame.

      • VirtualBoyFreak

        Reinstalled and bought TNG pack IAP for $1.99. I only have the Wrath of Khan uniform IAP left. I'll leave that one for when they release a special pack with that uniform set and another ship ;-)

  • hellscaretaker

    The timers in the game was one of the biggest downers it got a slating by Anger Joe on his youtube channel and i would agree with him on that one too. May have another look see if they changed it with this content

  • dibdib

    This game manages to be worse than Star Command--a lofty goal to beat. The minigame is dumb-as-nails and irrelevant to anything resembling gameplay or what's going on.

    It conceivably wants to be Tiny Tower, but without the charm. It can't even apply the licensed property well and the 'plot' reeks of bad engrish and disjointed scenes.

    Playing it for all of ten minutes mostly makes one depressed for the game that _could_ have been: a Star Trek licensed game using FTL as a model. There's nothing to love in Trexels. Even the voiced cameo by Takei suggests he grabbed a paycheck and split.

  • anabolicMike

    I got bored fast. I payed money for it and it was just some freemium bull. Got rooked and now they slapping my downed piece

  • KatharineHolmes

    I downloaded it for the first time a couple of days ago and can't get past the introduction blurb. Crashes my iPhone 4. Was looking forward to this one.