Ok here is something awesome. A former Bioware developer, Henry Smith of Sleeping Beast Games, has struck out on his own into the world of indie development, and his first iOS project has landed in the App Store. And it's an incredibly unique idea. It's called Spaceteam [Free], and it tasks you with grouping together with 2-4 players in real life and working together to save a spaceship that is quickly going into meltdown.

This is where the genius part comes in: the app itself displays various control panels of the spaceship that must be adjusted or maintained to keep the craft from falling to pieces. The twist is that the game only gives you instructions for other team members, which you must relay to them as quickly as possible as the actions to save the ship are all on short timers. The result is a group of people shouting instructions at one another in a heated fashion, a la a scene straight out of a dramatic episode of Star Trek or the like.

It's probably best demonstrated in this following video.

I've got to say I love this idea to pieces, but whenever games pop up that require me to interact with other humans in real life I often strike out. I just don't have that many real life friends who are big iOS gamers. However, the initial download of Spaceteam is free, so if you do have some people you know with iOS devices you can at the very least convince them to download and try it out with you. Who knows, you might have the next holiday party hit on your hands.

[Via Penny Arcade]

  • Tatiana

    Cool idea! Kind of reminds me of Power Rangers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaicherry Kai Cherry

    This seemed sort of familiar so I did some digging; it is a casual take on the game ARTEMIS - Spaceship Bridge Simulator:

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcoot Dave Marcoot

    what a great idea. the star trek geek in me wants to see and hear trek fx.

    • http://twitter.com/Neumannium Dave Neumann

      Yes! If they could release an LCARS art style that would be amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/dezign999 François

    cool idea, but the video makes me want to punch the girl (?) with the high pitched voice right in the throat.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Your comment makes us wish you would punch yourself in the throat.
      (Heck, I'm a pacifist & I typed this!)

  • Jere Krischel

    Tried with the wife and kids - absolutely *tremendous* fun 🙂

    This is a ridiculously unpolished app, and the IAP are all laughable, but I bought every single one of them out of appreciation for such an imaginative concept. Reminds me a bit of how much fun "You Don't Know Jack" was to play with three people on one computer.

  • haaaha

    tried with my friend, ohboy so much fun! starts easy than going harder and harder, need to polish glue, replace fallen parts and saying funny pronaunceless worlds, after a while german french like words come in wich are sooo similar, and the fact that there is no pause and you have to go until you can is great. generally we failed around round 8 not because failer but because we cant speak due to the endless laughing. Maybe we will try it sober, probably that way we can catch our laugh...:D

  • skps

    great idea. needs to be more fleshed out and i'm in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

    but you got to know a bunch of people that got the same game as you,

  • sonomakid

    Here's the great thing about this app, it's free. Doesn't matter how unpolished it is or if you have friends with the game. I got two people with an iPhone to download it and we went nuts! And hey, if they don't like it they delete it, no harm no foul. It's one of the best free apps I've ever played with friends! Get it, and if you don't like it delete it 😉