What Genre is Artemis? Or Empty Epsilon? Spaceship Bridge Simulators are generally clumped together under the genre of “Bridge Simulator”.
When I look at Bridge Simulators I see that they have two layers. They have the bridge (the outer game) which is how you control the ship. They also have the Inner Game, the game your ship is in. Imagine you took out the whole bridge structure and replaced it with simple, single-player ship controls (no separate captain, helmsman, weapons officer, etc just controls like any other game). What genre is this inner game?
In Artemis and Empty Epsilon you fly a ship that goes around killing enemy ships while collecting ordnance from friendly stations. I think Artemis and Empty Epsilon are in the same genre. I would call them slow-paced action, battle. They are a lot like Overwatch and similar games except they are not team based and are against an AI. Both Artemis and Empty Epsilon have mission scripting abilities that allow the genre to be stretched but in my experience the use of the mission scripting is quite limited.
Generally we have clumped all bridge simulators under the simple genre of “Bridge Simulator” but “Bridge Simulator” is not really a genre but a kind of genre modifier. We should also consider the genre of the inner game. Perhaps we should refer to the genre of Artemis and Empty Epsilon as “Action, Battle; Bridge Simulator”.
What would you say Artemis’ and Empty Epsilon’s or other Bridge Simulators’ genres are?