Choice of Games teams up with Jonathan Valuckas to take you to infinity and beyond in their sci-fi text adventure The Fleet for iOS and Android as well as the Chrome Web Store. As the noble captain Your Name Here, you're forever on guard against a race of aliens that seems to only want to shoot first and ask questions later where your home planet is concerned. As tensions mount and your home ultimately falls under alien rule, your High Council has started talks about forging an alliance with other planets to help combat the alien threat, which you think is totally for suckers. You know... unless you don't. Your choices and actions will determine your future, and maybe even the future of your entire species. Man... that sounds like a lot of pressure. Where's the option to just let Sisko handle everything and cry in a holosuite until it's all over?
To play, just select the choice that best suits your personal feelings about any given situation. Feel like sassing your beloved mentor? Go right ahead. Want to outsmart your foes rather than outgun them? Adjust your tactics accordingly. Your choices influence your stats, everything from skills to the support you've got from various factions, and will have an impact on the way events play out. Unlike most Choice of Games titles, the emphasis here is less on your own character development and more on the sort of sci-fi political thriller plot. It's not about who you are, so much as it is who you trust, and how you present yourself and handle everything from your available resources to your stance on a potential allegiance.
Though The Fleet is well written, its lack of Choice of Games's so-far signature levels of enormous character customisation and more linear structure means it will appeal more to players looking for a space-faring adventure that has as much to do with intergalactic politics than anything else. Though fans of more free, character-driven gameplay will lament its loss, The Fleet's focus on trying to convey everything from political drama to pitched space battles is actually sort of refreshing, though trying to remember all the consequences your decisions might have had on the latter, as well as keep all the fancy space names straight in your head, can be sort of tricky. If you don't mind the spotlight not being on you for a change and enjoy stories heavy with social and military maneuvering, The Fleet is a sturdy little sci-fi text adventure that will keep you busy for a while. It's smart, well constructed, and an intriguing bit of space-faring drama. And remember, if the you-know-what really starts to hit the fan, you can always blame Worf.