Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova Review

Game: Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova
Gender: Adventure, Puzzle, Action
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Steam (Windows), Xbox One/X/S and PS4/5)
Developer | Editor: Tessera Studios | Pure and simple games
Classification according to age: United States E 10+ | EU 7+
Price: $49.99 | UK £44.99 | EU € 49.99
Release date: October 14, 2022

Review code used, with big thanks to Swipe Right PR.

Captain’s Diary. Stardate 28722.4. Our sensors have chosen a new puzzle adventure game based on the popular Paramount+ and Nickelodeon star trek prodigy series. Starfleet asked me to investigate Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova and report.

Forced landing

They stole the ship! What?

I haven’t watched any of the star trek prodigy series, so I was curious if a game based on it would be relevant for a wider audience. At first, the graphic novel-style introduction poses more questions than it answers (Tars Larmora? Stolen ship? Janeway?). However, the plot of Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova quickly becomes apparent.

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A forced landing is imminent!

A Dyson Sphere, circling the sun of a planetary system, drains energy so quickly that the star dies and becomes a supernova. The USS Protostar, caught in the gravitational pull of the collapsing star, is about to crash into one of the nearby planets. As captain, Dal R’EI orders Janeway to teleport the crew to safety, while he and Gwyndala remain aboard in an attempt to land the ship manually. Just before impact, our two protagonists come to the surface.

Did the ship survive the crash? Is the crew alive? Your mission is to find the Protostar and reunite the crew. Oh, and if possible, stop the supernova from happening.

Missions

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Orisi, Mirios and Taress.

There are 12 missions, spread across three planets. You start in Orisi looking for the USS Protostar, this first mission doubles as a tutorial. You learn how to move Dal and Gwyn and how their individual weapons work. As well as learning more about collectibles and enemies and getting clues about puzzles. While progressing through the first level.

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Browse it and find out!

There’s little room to get lost in alien worlds, as you’re guided through them, but your tricorder will give indications if necessary. Discover something new and a quick tutorial appears on the screen. If you need to interact with an object, you must wait for the prompt to appear.

Traveling through the planets reveals more of the story. The crew discovers that Drednok, their adversary, is also on the planet. Additionally, it is responsible for the star’s extreme power loss through the Dyson Sphere. Why does it need so much power? The ancient civilization, which first saved Drednok, was meimprisoned and then forced to share the secrets of the Dyson Sphere. Did any of them survive? Dal and Gwyn must turn off the Dyson Sphere to slow the star’s decay.

You are being watched

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Are they friendly? Probably not!

The main enemies are Watchers, insect-like metal things created to be Drednok’s army and workers. The fights are unavoidable and take place in a determined arena. At first, Observers are easy to defeat. However, as you progress, they get stronger, more explosive, self-healing, and throwing bombs! Thus, it becomes more difficult to fight without losing all your health. Luckily, some enemies drop first aid canisters to partially revive you.

Throughout missions more weapons become available and once you save Jankom Pog he can upgrade them for you using crystals as currency. Additionally, a rescued crew member will join you on a mission, and they have their own special auto-attack ability. To learn more about these new abilities and weapons, there are training sessions in the Protostar’s holodeck.

There are a few mini-boss battles as well as a final showdown, and they all require a little more skill and thought than the Observer encounters.

follow the energy

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Use switches and cubes to redirect energy.

I found the puzzles really fun. It involves diverting or stopping energy to disable force fields, open doors, and operate elevators. In addition to routing/power cubes, there are switches, blocks, transporters and light sources to use and sometimes a power tower to destroy. Most of the puzzles are relatively simple, but their complexity increases as you progress through the story.

What can I collect?

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Yes, there were others behind that door that I couldn’t open yet!

You are introduced to secrets/collectibles from the start of the game, chests, plants, and relics are all waiting to be found. Collecting them will automatically customize the captain’s quarters aboard the USS Protostar.

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Well done, I broke all those crystals. Just gotta do it faster!

At the end of the mission, Janeway comments on your performance. Badges are awarded based on mission length, surviving battles, and collecting crystals. While getting these badges isn’t crucial to completing the mission, collecting them all will unlock cheats.

Many games of this genre require replaying levels to collect all the collectibles, and Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova is no different. Many secrets remain as they are until you save your crew who can access different areas of the planets. Sopipe tricks might make replays a little less strenuous.

Gameplay

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Building a bridge requires teamwork.

In single-player mode, you control both Dal and Gwyn, switching between characters to interact with objects as needed. Unlike some games, the other character doesn’t guess what should happen, you have to control the action.

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Split screen for 2 players.

You can also play in local 2-player mode, where each player controls one of the protagonists. Together you complete the missions by staying close to each other on a single screen. Cleverly though, when characters need to be in different areas to solve puzzles, the screen splits to allow separate movement.

Playing with a friend was a lot of fun, although making sure you both followed each other proved tricky at times, especially during battles. Several times I found myself trapped behind a defensive wall, unable to move until my companion came to free me. A little frustrating, but nothing more. We also experienced a few jolts, but again nothing to spoil the overall enjoyment.

In general, the controls were intuitive, although I ended up dashing, rather than climbing or crouching. It’s all on the same button, so I just needed a little more patience and waiting for the interaction prompt to appear. The camera position is fixed by the game, but at no point did I feel like it was pointing in the wrong direction.

The loading time between missions and returning to the Protostar was really fast, sometimes too fast to read the helpful hint on the screen.

Each mission is meant to be completed in around 30 minutes, so you have a minimum of 6 hours of gameplay, plus extra time for training, narration, and cut scenes. That said, I haven’t done any replays yet to pick up all the bonuses and I’ve been playing for about 10 hours.

Voice Actors

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The crew of the USS Protostar.

Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova has both on-screen text and audio narration. It’s a great feature to have the actors of the TV show voice the characters in the game. It gives the cast a lot more personality, as the actors know how the character would react in certain situations.

I do wish the characters didn’t growl when they rush though, it gets boring to listen to. Also, some of the narration is a bit tedious, and while you can click on it, it slightly disrupts the flow of the game.

conclusion

For some, the game might be a bit prescriptive. But it’s based on an animated children’s television program, so it should be playable and enjoyable for that audience. It would be a great introduction to the puzzle adventure genre for young gamers. That said, I had a lot of fun playing it. I didn’t need to know anything about the TV series to fully engage with it. Star Trek Prodigy: Supernova.

Final verdict: I like it a lotI love her so much

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