October 26, 2012
Boldly going where no Star Trek fan has gone before
Let me introduce you to Artemis, the starship bridge simulator where you get the chance to captain your own starship along with your very own crew. There are 6 possible roles: captain, helmsman, weapons officer, engineer, science officer and communications officer – everyone but the captain (who is issuing the orders) gets their own screen and you all need to work together in your respective roles to complete the mission. Artemis is not an official Star Trek game, but it’s every Trek fans dream, just choose your role and get started.
How it works?
Whoever hosts the game is the captain, everyone else then connects to the captains computer via the IP address, and although the game creator designed the game with all members of the crew being in the same room (like a real starship bridge), version 1.1 added a server option that lets you adjust the network update speed, so Artemis plays across the internet as well and you can link up with your crew over voice chat. The game can be downloaded from the Artemis website here: https://sites.fastspring.com/artemis/instant/artemisspaceshipbridgesimulator and costs £26 – but one copy of the game is enough for a 6-person crew, this copy is onto each of the crew PCs.
There is a demo version of the game, but this only gives you the helmsman and weapons officer stations. Also, to play the full version you can just have a helmsman, weapons officer and captain, so a 3-man crew is possible.
What do you need to play?
A Windows PC (although you can get it to work on a Mac using various methods of course) running DirectX 9 and a crew.
Check out the You Tube video below for a great example of the gameplay:
For more information about Artemis visit the website: http://www.artemis.eochu.com/