As the title indicates, this title consists of three original pinball tables associated with Star Trek: The Original Series, accompanied by sounds and images from the show:
- "To Boldly Go": The player is James T. Kirk, who must prove his worth as a Starfleet Captain while an assortment of love interests watch on.
- "Qapla'": Named after the Klingon word for "success", the player is a Klingon warrior being tested at pinball.
- "Nemesis": In an echo of the Federation-Klingon conflict, this game mirrors the playfield lengthwise and pits two players against each other.
It is rumored that the game was a rushed cash grab by Interplay, an attempt to raise money due to problems during development of Star Trek: The Secret of Vulcan's Fury. Unfortunately, every aspect of Star Trek Pinball reinforces this point, making this a classic example of The Problem with Licensed Games. The Trek license fails to cover the game's numerous shortcomings — unbalanced gameplay, inconsistent and unrealistic ball behavior, and poorly-designed tables that are overly complicated and frustrating. Like the Pro Pinball series, the game uses pre-rendered playfield graphics, but there is only one camera angle, and the graphics are pixelated and grainy. Then there are the Video Game-only features, such as smashing a slow-moving ball for extra points, and an assortment of game-crashing bugs.
Aside from the novelty of head-to-head competition in "Nemesis", this is an entirely forgettable title.
Star Trek Pinball demonstrates the following tropes:
- Beard of Evil: The Klingons in "Qapla'" each have one.
- Bold Explorer: "To Boldly Go" is supposedly about this.
- Boldly Coming: Heavily suggested by "To Boldly Go", with the playfield dominated by a leering James Kirk and a half-dozen wary women.
- Competitive Multiplayer/Player Versus Player: In "Nemesis".
- Fixed Camera
- Foreign Language Title: "Qapla'".
- Guide Dang It!: Good luck understanding the rules without one.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: "Qapla'" is filled with Klingon voice clips.
- Licensed Game: Unfortunately.
- Mirror Match: Done literally in "Nemesis", which mirrors the two halves of the playfield left-to-right.
- Obvious Beta: Not only does the game crash frequently, but a note in the package mentions that the advertised network multiplayer option was removed from the final release.