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Taking control of a robot ship captain, your task is to ensure that the ship travels successfully from port to port. Sadly the ship isn't particularly well-sealed, and soon starts letting water in. Every time one of these leaks appears, it is your job to get to the appropriate deck (there are 11 in total) and seal it.

Completing this task each time involves using the hatches to access the room, picking up a sealing patch, and then using it to plug the leak, before draining any water which did get in from the area. Robots and water don't mix, so you'll only be able to withstand any water for a short amount of time.


Worse Things Happen at Sea ZX Spectrum The ship is over half way in its journey. The water has filled some of the lower holds completely
Worse Things Happen at Sea ZX Spectrum The game has an unusual way of defining action keys. There are six preset combinations and the player can choose the one that best suits them
Worse Things Happen at Sea ZX Spectrum One of the leaks has been patched
Worse Things Happen at Sea ZX Spectrum This screen displays as the game loads

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1984 37 out of 40 92
Crash! Jul, 1984 91 out of 100 91
Micro 7 Oct, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Sinclair User Oct, 1984 7 out of 10 70


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The game's initial advertising claimed "FOR ADDED REALISM PLAY THIS STANDING IN THE BATH". The UK's Advertising Standards Agency received complaints that this may encourage children to potentially cause their electric computers to come into contact with water, a considerable safety hazard. Silversoft were thus ordered to withdraw the advert and never reuse it.
Martin Smith (78252) added Worse Things Happen at Sea (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 10, 2004
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