artemis.pngThe fantasy of commanding the Enterprise in glorious space battle is pretty common, but I have frankly never really shared it. I'd rather, you see, helm a Firefly-class transport, Battlestar Galactica or a Babylon 5 White Star for not everyone's sci-fi tastes are similar. Happily though and to the satisfaction of all parties concerned the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator does let you (and me) run free with our fantasies by not imposing a specific game world and by providing an authentic-feeling space ship bridge to play with.

Artemis is after all the only multiplayer-only game that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together; preferably in the same room. One computer runs the core of the sim and handles its main screen, whereas the others serve as terminals for the normal (yet quite fictional) jobs a bridge officer might do: Helm, Communication, Engineering, Science and Weapon Control. There is also room for one player that will not actually have a terminal: the captain, who will stand and give orders.

Intrigued? Good. You can buy Artemis for you and five of your friends for $40 or try a two-player demo. Mind you, the thing only runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Oh, and it does come with some apparently powerful modding tools too.