About a year or so ago I downloaded a nifty little PC game called Artemis — Starship Simulator.
Actually, that name’s a bit misleading — it’s more of a Star Trek bridge crew simulator. There are other reviews that cover it better, but suffice it to say it’s a cool game to bring to a LAN party or a friends place where you have easy access to the network and a fist-full of laptops. Great if you have access to all that gear, but not that great for a quick and spontaneous game with friends.
Today I discovered the iOS version, and my above comment is nullified.
The iOS version of Artemis works and plays with the PC version, yet does it all on an iPad — even my original iPad 1 running iOS 5.
Each bridge position is controlled from one iPad, though with a quick settings change you can control multiple positions with on a single iPad.
The really cool thing is that an iPad can even act as the game server.
Now, Artemis is not a game for everyone. It’s really a collaborative starship combat simulator, but if you’ve got a few friends and a few iPads, it’s now much easier to host a pickup game on gamenight.
Shields up! Red Alert! Arm photon torpedoes, we’re going in!