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Titanic: Challenge of Discovery (Windows)

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Description

A strategy/simulation game that includes a little bit of education, Titanic: Challenge of Discovery puts you in the lead of an underwater archaeological team charged with finding three diverse famous wrecks: the Roman galley Isis, the German battleship Bismark, and then the starring ship, the RMS Titanic.

With both a limited budget and window of opportunity, you must assemble a crew and equipment, then research the legends and tales of the wrecks to find a general area to search. Once you're out at sea, you'll use the common tools of the trade, from towed sonar to remote controlled submersibles to look for signs of debris. With a probable location, you can then excavate valuable historical pieces. Doing all this while maintaining a happy, healthy crew and not losing any equipment will give you the points you need to tackle the next target.

Crew members have hidden stats, which affect how long it takes for jobs and how well they're done. Weather and sea conditions can affect your choices for the day, as poor situations could make searching not only difficult, but also dangerous.

The game is played primarily through a bunch of control panels similar to ship systems. In addition, the Jason remote controlled vehicle and Discovery sub are controlled in a first-person sim like situation, with the dark ocean bottom displayed before you in 3-D Graphics.

The game is primarily for those interested in the deep sea searching, as much of the time is spent listening to sonar traces and examining the ocean floor, determining what is a piece of a Roman galley and what's a WWII fighter.

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Titanic: Challenge of Discovery Windows So that's where my plane landed! You'll find red herrings in your search, such as WW2 planes, which give off quite a sonar signal.
Titanic: Challenge of Discovery Windows Sigh...more sea shrubs. Prepare to sit through periods of staring at sonar traces and images from Argo looking for wrecks...just like real life.
Titanic: Challenge of Discovery Windows The tiny ship was tossed...While researching your potential finds, you'll be treated to a video showing how the particular ship met its end.
Titanic: Challenge of Discovery Windows Any calls for me, Amy? The technique of putting video segments within a Quicktime VR situation is interesting, but produces cardboard-looking people.

Alternate Titles

  • "Expedition zur Titanic" -- German title

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The Press Says

GameBlitz 1999 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Mar, 1999 7.8 out of 10 78
Power Play Nov, 1998 69 out of 100 69
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1998 53 out of 100 53
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1998 29 out of 100 29
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 15, 2001 1 out of 10 10

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Trivia

The Isis, Bismark, and Titanic are all ships Dr. Robert Ballard personally discovered.

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Ray Soderlund (3500) added Titanic: Challenge of Discovery (Windows) on Feb 07, 2001