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Titanic: Adventure Out of Time (Windows)

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Description

Titanic: Adventure Out of Time is an open-ended first-person adventure game set on the doomed maiden voyage of the HMS Titanic. The player takes the role of Frank Carlson, a disgraced British secret service agent. His career having ended after he failed in a mission on board the HMS Titanic, he now lives in a small apartment, surrounded by mementos of his past. Somehow, however, Carlson is thrown backward into his past to April of 1912, giving the player an opportunity to change the events on board the doomed ship. While the player is not able to avert the sinking of the Titanic, they are able to influence not only Frank's timeline but that of the other passengers on board the ship and, indeed, the progression of subsequent human history. As a result, details of the game's plot are affected by the player's actions, which can result in one of any number of significant or minutely different endings.

The game is a puzzle-solving adventure game which utilizes a simple, point-and-click system in order for the player to interact with the world. While the game is played in the form of a traditional adventure game, it expands on this established system by constructing its game play around the idea of a continuous, transitory world. While the player still progresses through the game primarily through solving puzzles and interacting with other characters it presents these interactions as taking place within an active, malleable world. Characters, for instance, periodically move about the ship, and can be found in different portions of the ship during different times of day as they pursue their lives apart from the player.

Puzzles are similarly tied to this progression of time, and players may choose to pursue plot lines how ever they think is best, influencing both the plot and other puzzles within the game, allowing them to completely overlook or pass over entire puzzles and story points. Early in the game, for instance, the player is asked to locate an item hidden by another character. If they're able to discover its location early enough, they can take the item from its hiding spot before someone else does. If they're sidetracked by other characters within the world, or in some other way too slow in locating the object, the hiding spot will be empty and the plot will accommodate this development. It is important to note, however, that the game does not progress in real-time as other adventures, such as The Last Express, do. Rather, time progresses due to the player solving a puzzle or in some other way advancing the game.

In addition to the traditional puzzles within the game, there are also mini-games which the player can participate in either for fun or to influence the plot, such as poker and fencing.

The game is presented using 3D graphics, although the player still moves through the game by shifting from screen to screen, similar in style to the movement found in other adventure titles such as Riven. The bottom of the screen features a nautically-themed interface featuring a life preserver (the menu), a pocket watch (which represents the in-game time), a rolled piece of parchment (a map of the ship), and a leather case (the inventory).

Screenshots

Titanic: Adventure Out of Time Windows The Ships last hours
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time Windows Meeting Georgia Lambeth on the Poop Deck
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time Windows A bomb explodes ripping apart the side of the Titanic
Titanic: Adventure Out of Time Windows One of the Titanic's Luxury Staterooms

Alternate Titles

  • "Titanic: Une aventure hors du temps" -- French title
  • "Titanic: Odwróć Bieg Historii" -- Polish title
  • "Titanic: Eine interactive Reise" -- German title
  • "Titanic: Avontuur in de Tijd" -- Dutch title

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User Reviews

Although dated, it certainly is a neat little package Reborn_Demon (124) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Once upon a time Adventure games were still trying to be innovative CBMan (219) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
A brilliant adventure game Dean Cuthbert (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Excellent Game and Graphics Robert Paige (2) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla Dec 03, 2000 93 out of 100 93
Just Adventure Apr 16, 2003 B+ 83
Quandary Feb, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 76 out of 100 76
Adventure Gamers May 20, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Nov 15, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 64 out of 100 64
Reset May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Power Play Apr, 1997 52 out of 100 52

Forums

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A classic! 4 Zeppin (8339)
Sep 21, 2009
Installing on newer Macs? 2 BurningStickMan (17745)
Apr 19, 2009
Insall under Vista 2 DJP Mom (11120)
Jan 27, 2008

Trivia

Part of Cyberflix's "Adventure out of Time" series of educational adventure games. Also features a detailed reconstruction of the ships interior using original deisgners drawings from 1912.

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for Titanic (These hints will help you solve it without spoiling the whole game.)
  • Interview with Titanic's Producer (An interview with Andrew Nelson, the producer of and writer for Titanic, about the production of the game and the development of its characters and setting (Jan. 16th, 1998). )
  • RMS Titanic Sets Sail Again (A Business Wire article about the game's release. (November 12th, 1996))
  • Sail On the Titanic and Never Get Wet (An article in The Augusta Chronicle about Titanic: Adventure Out of Time's release and production. The company that created it, Cyberflix, is also discussed. (November 9th, 1996))
  • Titanic - A Dedicated Fanblog (A blog which intends to keep information about the title available to modern gamers. It provides additional details about the game, as well as puzzle solutions for the 1996 title (Spoilers).)
  • Titanic Interactive Tour Guides (All ten of the interactive tour guides, formerly available for download from the official website, at the information resource site Titanic-Titanic.)
  • Titanic: Review and Walkthrough (A short review of Adventure Out of Time at Balmoral Software, which is followed by a detailed walkthrough of the game, illustrated by screenshots and maps from within the game itself (Nov. 26th, 1996).)
  • Titanic-Titanic: A Walkthrough (A walkthrough of the game at the online Titanic resource, Titanic-Titanic, which is prefaced by a series of general tips intended to mitigate player confusion and frustration during the experience.)
  • Zarf's Review (A Macintosh review of Adventure Out of Time by Andrew Plotkin (June, 1999).)
Blackie (124) added Titanic: Adventure Out of Time (Windows) on Dec 31, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Dragom (4315) and Blackie (124)