The Away Team is a text-based game where you play an AI in charge of the last surviving humans to leave Earth. You will select crew, deploy them on missions, and make choices that will determine their fate. The game is largely text-based with terminals, but there are also many graphical elements. Each game is played with a selection of ten possible crew members each with their own attributes, traits and flaws, influencing the outcome. The game's sector maps are randomized for each session and there are 700 choices to make and 30 planets to visit.