Introduced in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Kobayashi Maru simulation is Starfleet Academy’s notorious no-win scenario used to test the character of potential officers. Starting today there is a web game to see how you fare with the unwinnable scenario.
Scopely challenges you to win the (nearly) unwinnable
Today games company Scopely – the makers of the popular mobile game Star Trek Fleet Command – launched Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru, a free decision-driven retro-style web-based game that brings the iconic Kobayashi Maru test to life. Scopely promises the game is fun to play, but “nearly impossible to beat.”
Star Trek II came out in 1982 and the Kobayashi Maru game pays homage to the 1980s with 8-bit retro-inspired artwork and animation.
Of course in Wrath of Khan, it was revealed that James T. Kirk did best the Kobayashi Maru. Scopely challenges players saying: “With thousands of spectacular ways to fail, only a few will best the no-win simulation to earn prized memorabilia and more at KobayashiMaru.com.
As part of this choice-based interactive experience, the player assumes the role of a Starfleet cadet facing the Kobayashi Maru for the first time. Only by choosing precisely the right path through endless perilous options will the player succeed where so many others have failed.
With the odds of beating the Kobayashi Maru at around 1:10,000, the three fastest players to find the hack and defeat the simulation will win big prizes — including a CBS All-Access Lifetime Subscription and limited-edition Star Trek collectibles.
Takei taunts you to try
Scopely has brought in Star Trek’s George Takei to voice an introductory trailer that challenges fans to try to beat the unbeatable.
Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru is free to play and now available to the global community of Star Trek fans at KobayashiMaru.com.