New Game: "Star Trek: Timelines"

Ship combat in
Ship combat in "Star Trek: Timelines". Disruptor Beam/Paramount

There's a new Star Trek game out exclusively for mobile devices (and soon the web), and it's causing some waves in the community. It has a unique premise and an exciting mechanic, and is growing quickly among fans. Let's find out more.

Produced by game developer Disruptor Beam, Star Trek Timelines is based on a premise of a temporal disruption that brings all of Star Trek history, including alternate realities, into a single timeline.

Aliens and starships, factions and empires, old enemies and new friends are brought into play. Here's the official description:

"In STAR TREK TIMELINES you play as a Starfleet Captain on your first command. You'll explore the story behind a temporal anomaly that's far more than it seems, earn new starships, and recruit famous (and infamous) characters to equip and level-up as you play."

Timelines combines elements of role-playing games and card collection games. The premise allows players to use classic heroes like Kirk and Picard, and face villains such as the Mirror Universe Spock and the Borg, all in one game.

Timelines is currently available to download on iOS and Android with a promise of becoming available on the Web in the future. Star Trek Timelines combines the characters, stories and settings from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise.

It also incorporates aspects of the movies as well. You can gather your favorite heroes and villains to build a starship, fill it with your ultimate crew, explore the galaxy, and be the Trek captain of your dreams.

You can collect schematics to build an array of iconic starships from the series, and work to upgrade their weapons and systems.

Along the way, you'll engage in 3D ship-to-ship battles with a cinematic feel. By carrying out missions, you work to gain influence among the dozen factions populating the universe. Factions in the Timelines galaxy includes the Federation, the Maquis, the Dominion, and the Terran Empire (from the Mirror Universe). Different factions will provide different rewards to the game, so it's important to choose wisely.

The game is what's known as a freemium game. That's a term used for a game that's free to download and play, and you can get pretty far without spending real cash. However, there's the chance to use real money to make purchases in the game. In Timelines, an in-game currency called Federation credits is used to unlock different characters. The currency can be earned by playing missions or purchased using cash in the game's in-app store. Opening packs to unlock new crew members feels a lot like opening packs of old card games like Magic: The Gathering, intentionally so.

In the game, the legendary Guardian of Forever (from the Classic episode of the same name) serves as a portal to gather resources from throughout time and space. In the game, it means the Guardian is your way to get new crew members, equipment, and even schematics to build starships.

You can also spin the Dabo Wheel for a chance at special equipment. You can also find daily and weekly offers plus deals on ships, items, characters.

The characters are more than just fun to look at, though. It's amazing to go through the artwork and see the detail on favorites like Kirk and Data. Characters also have strengths and weaknesses that can be a benefit on missions, and the right mix of characters can mean winning or losing the game. And the fun of sending Worf, Kirk, and Q off on a mission together seems like it would be a big draw.

The game also has a multiplayer element as players can join together to form fleets. Right now, fleets are mainly places to talk about the game, but Disruptor Beam promises to add other multiplayer features in the future.

We'll have a review of the game soon, so keep checking About.com for updates!