Welcome to 'Star Trek: Borg - Remastered', cadet. Pay attention to this training - it might ensure your survival.
What is 'Star Trek: Borg'?
'Star Trek: Borg' was a single-player 1996 FMV game developed and published by Simon & Schuster (published by Virgin Interactive in some regions) for PC and Macintosh.
'Star Trek: Borg - Remastered' is a fan project attempting to recreate the game in-browser, using AI to remaster the original game footage to HD quality using a rare Japanese DVD release of the game.
How to play
You can control the game from this LCARS interface. On desktop and tablet, you'll see the 'Holonovel commands' on a panel to the left. On mobile, you'll see the control buttons above.
- START/RESTART PROGRAM: Launches a new game.
- HELP/CONTINUE: Hides current game and shows this help screen (and vice-versa).
- FREEZE/RESUME PROGRAM: Pauses and unpauses gameplay.
- SCAN: Pauses gameplay and allows you to use Q's tricorder to scan in-game items.
- CHAPTERS: Allows you to jump between chapters.
- SETTINGS: Brings up the settings screen, allowing you to select options such as video quality.
- CHOICES: When you see the spinning cube in the corner of the video window, it's time to make a choice. Click or tap objects within the video to make your choice. REMEMBER: sometimes, not acting is also a choice.
- TRICORDER: When using the tricorder, sometimes there will be related entries to read which will give you more information that may be vital to your mission. You can access these by clicking or tapping the buttons to the left of the currently-displayed entry.
PLEASE NOTE: The game will run with the highest video quality by default. If you're playing on mobile data, this will use roughly a megabyte of your data allowance per second. It will also cause choppy playback on slower connections. If you face either of these issues, it is highly recommended you visit SETTINGS first and lower the video quality.
UPDATE: This project has gained far more attention than I was expecting! As such, the load on my server is higher than expected. My apologies if you encounter frequent pauses to video playback or lag when switching scenes, even if you've lowered the video quality. This is usually caused by many users playing the game simultaneously. I've patched in a "buffering" message which triggers when this occurs.
- IS THIS OFFICIAL? No, not it any way. This is a fan project. Please see the legal disclaimer below for more details.
- HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU? Please feel free to comment on the trailer video on YouTube.
- IS THIS LEGAL? That's a grey area. It isn't possible to play the original Borg game on any modern PC or Mac, and it isn't possible to purchase it anywhere any more. Technically, the game is "abandonware". That said, the legal rights holders of Star Trek would be well within their rights to issue me with a C&D order - and should that happen I will, of course, comply and take this site offline. My advice would be to enjoy this while you can, because it might go away.
- I FOUND A BUG - CAN YOU FIX IT? Yes, please let me know by commenting on the trailer. I did this in my spare time and, although I did my best to bugtest, I probably haven't caught everything.
- I'M EXPERIENCING A LOT OF LAG/BUFFERING. CAN YOU UPGRADE YOUR SERVER? I'm sorry about that, but I'm afraid not. This is a purely not-for-profit fan project, so I don't have a budget for such things. I'm a freelance web developer, so I have my own dedicated server and that's what I used. But that leads us nicely onto...
- DO YOU HAVE A PATREON, GOFUNDME, INDIEGOGO ETC.? It's very kind of you to ask, but no. I have no intention or desire to profit from this project in any way. It's just a personal passion project that I put together for my own entertainment, experimentation and experience.
Select your video quality
1440p - Highest quality. Recommended for 4K+ desktop devices. Uses ~1MB of data per second. Not recommended for mobile data or use on phones.
1080p - Good quality. Recommended for desktops, laptops and high-end tablet devices. Uses ~0.5MB of data per second. Not recommended for mobile.
720p - Medium quality. Recommended for mid-low-range laptops and tablet devices. Uses ~0.2MB of data per second.
480p - Low quality. Recommended for devices using mobile data on limited contracts. Uses ~0.05MB of data per second.
CD-ROM - Nostalgia quality. Recreates the appearance of the original CD-ROM release. Uses ~0.02MB of data per second.
Toggle cheat mode
Turn on cheat mode to display clickable hotspots on screen. Hotspots appear as semi-transparent red rectangles. Be warned, this is ugly as hell and was originally used during development - but some users may find it helpful when stuck.
Bonus hint - if you find yourself constantly running out of time with puzzles like the turbolift panel, Borg panel and hypospray, note that you can still click buttons if you freeze the program...