There is a huge learning curve for space station 13 and you will not pick the game up automatically on your first try. Though there has been a recent open source development which has created a new mode, properly named sandbox, which is a great place for beginners.
The controls are quite simple, the arrow keys are the basic movement while left mouse click controls almost everything else in the game such as attacking or picking up an item.
This game has goes moderately deep in depth as you can literally pickup or destroy approximately any item on the space station. But doing so comes with a price as it could potentially have an effect on the future conclusion of the current role playing experience. There are several different modes ranging from Extended/role-playing to Traitor. Though the games mode varies, the basic gist of the game is to keep the space station up and running and also survive.
The games setting is on a space station, which is divided into several quarters in which numerous occupations can be spawned to. Users can explore outside the boundaries of the station into the not known areas of space.
Each occupation contributes a modest portion to the game. The medics heal the injured and fatally wounded while the engineers keep the place intact. Before each round starts, if there is more than one player online, a captain will be randomly chosen to help guide the space stations crew.
The game seriously lacks a highly detailed guide for first time players; because of this the learning curve is increased. At the time you login you will be greeted with what one could say a character creation window. You can choose youre characters appearance, occupation, and even what diseases and disabilities they have.
The graphics consists of a non animated mob in which you can change its clothing according to your profession. Every graphic in the game is very basic but some how fits perfectly for the style of the game.
I have still yet to find a game which resembles space station 13, which saddens me. Role playing on a space station while trying to keep your crew together is a nice idea that most space related games should take into account.
Though Space Station 13 does have its downsides, it has a potentially great role playing environment. If you join the right server, you could have a role playing session which can last for hours. I highly recommend this game to users who are looking for an open source role playing community which is built on space enthusiasts. The game only gets better and better as the users contribute more.