Star Trek PADD

App review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Database gives fans access to more than 45 years of history.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app was meant to look like the operating system used on the television series. While a little cluttered, it's easy to tap around for information, images, and links.

Violence

The app outlines various weapons used in the Star Trek universe, including laser and biological weapons and weapons ships. There is also some discussion about various wars between planets and/or species.

 

Sex

There are a few mentions of slave girls, lovers, and ex-lovers, "eliminating gender-specific sexuality" (on J'naii planet), "uninhibited sexuality" (the resort planet of Risa), and "sweet and sexy" characters from Deep Space Nine.

Language

There are mentions of "Planet Hell," "Year of Hell," "Klingon Hell" -- but nothing worse than that.

Consumerism

This app discusses all of the Star Trek television franchises and most of the movies -- including cast members, episodes, and so on.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are many references in the Star Trek glossary to alcoholic beverages.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that STAR TREK PADD is an entertainment app chock-full of details for fans of the iconic franchise. It includes several references to sexuality and consuming alcohol. The app serves as a thorough database of all things Star Trek, from the original series (1966 to 1969) to Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 to 2005) and everything in between, including an exhaustive list of characters, aliens, ships, planets, and technologies, plus an episode guide packed with info and images.

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Is it any good?

STAR TREK PADD (Personal Access Display Device) allows fans to flick, tap, and pinch through more than 45 years of Star Trek history. A treat for fans, the entire app was designed after LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System), the fictional computer interface used in Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets during the 24th century. It can be a little busy, but fans should enjoy tapping around the see what they can find, be it a top-down look at various ship layouts, futuristic food and drink consumed in the series, and mini-bios on cast members and staff. Plus, for added authenticity, the app features a familiar computer voice and sound effects.

There are a few small annoyances, such as the app changing screens while you're reading something, plus there are some things missing, including many photos ("Image Not Available," it says), and there are no video clips, trailers, or other goodies. And where is a Klingon dictionary? Shortcomings notwithstanding, Star Trek PADD is a stellar pick for fans.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: July 11, 2011
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 190.00 MB
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later

For kids who love Star Trek and sci-fi

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