First look: Star Trek D-A-C, Top Gun

Paramount Digital Entertainment is looking to prove there’s plenty of gaming life in old franchises with the release of Star Trek: D-A-C and Top Gun.

The Trek game builds off the excitement for the upcoming movie. The game, developed by Naked Sky Entertainment in partnership with Bad Robot Interactive and CBS, offers an action take on the Star Trek universe, pitting Federation starships against the Romulans in various game play modes and game types.

Players can choose their side and then jump into a single-player game, an online multiplayer game with up to six players per side, or an online co-op game with up to six players working in tandem against an AI enemy.

There are three game types: Team Deathmatch, in which teams go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all fight to the first 50 kills; Conquest, in which teams must protect, conquer and hold various ‘control points’ in space; and Assault, in which teams try to dominate or defend sectors of space.

The game serves up an engaging and beautifully designed arcade experience (no movie-related plot points or spoilers are involved) that should please wannabe starfleet captains.

The game, which is rated E, will be available in May on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360, costing $10 or 800 Microsoft Points, and is coming shortly thereafter to the PlayStation Network and Windows PC platforms.

Available May 7 is Top Gun, a new game for the iPhone and iPod Touch based on the 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise.

The game makes use of the devices’ touch screens as the players learn how to avoid ‘danger zones’ from Top Gun instructors Maverick and Iceman. The game is easy to pick up and looks terrific, with realistic lighting and modeling of planes as they race through their missions.

Of course, the game uses Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone from the movie’s original soundtrack, as well as five songs by Paper and Sand to mix things up.

The game, developed by Freeverse, is rated E 10+.