Netrek is a multi-player battle simulation with a Star Trek theme. As a player, you captain starships to engage enemy vessels, bomb armies and invade planets in order to expand your team's space empire. The ultimate goal is to genocide the enemy race, but the carnage of battles along the way is ruthlessly fast paced and a lot of fun!
The purpose of the game is to conquer the galaxy by taking over all of the enemy race's planets. To do this, your team must bomb most of the enemy armies off of the planet and beam down enough of your own armies to finish off the remaining enemies. Ships that have killed enemies can beam up their team's armies to carry to the enemy planets.
Normally, you play against other humans, but there are practice servers with a few robot players on them (bots) for training or just when no-one else is around.
System requirements are modest by today's standards. You'll want a monitor that can display 1024 x 768, though some clients will work with 800 x 600 if needed. A three button mouse or trackball is strongly recommended. Netrek will work over a dial-up modem, but you'll be a lot happier with broadband.