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[[caption-width-right:256:Fancy a free cruise?]]
->"''Bing-Bong! We regret to announce that the ship is hurtling out of control through hyperspace. All passengers with insurance queries, please contact your ticket vendors.''"
-->-- '''The ever-helpful announcer'''

->"''Well, the ship has lost its mind, and so has most of its crew, including me...''"
-->-- '''Edmund Lucy Fentible, [=DoorBot=]'''

The brain child of Douglas Adams (''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''), ''Starship Titanic'' is a [[PointAndClickGame point and click]] adventure game set aboard an intergalactic cruise ship. The game opens with the ship crashing into your house, and before you know it, it turns out someone has lobotomised the main computer, the ship is adrift in space and it's up to you to fix things.

There is still a functional website that can be found [[http://www.starshiptitanic.com/ here]]. There is also a novelization of the game by [[Creator/MontyPython Pythonite]] TerryJones, who claims to only having agreed to Adams' proposal to write said book if he could write it in the nude. Which he supposedly did.

Not to be confused with two [[{{Futurama}} other starships]] [[Series/DoctorWho named Titanic.]]

See [[http://forums.techguy.org/games/877759-running-starship-titanic-windows-7-a.html this post]] if you're trying to run the game on windows 7. (Though be aware that the patches for versions 1.00.42a and 1.00.42b will no longer be available on Starship Titanic's main site. They can still be accessed through their archived versions [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070102072635/http://www.starshiptitanic.com/game/extras/st142atoc.zip here for a]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20061230212710/http://www.starshiptitanic.com/game/extras/st142btoc.zip here for b]])

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!!This game provides examples of:

* [[AchillesHeel Achilles]] [[spoiler: [[AchillesHeel Buttock]]]]: The Maître d'Bot has one, and it must be prodded repeatedly before he will let you look at [[spoiler: Scraliontis' corpse.]]
* AllUpToYou: True, you occasionally persuade the bots to help, but it's an uphill struggle.
* ArcWords: "Nobody likes a smart-ass."
* {{AFGNCAAP}}: We only have the Robots' assurance that we're even human. Nobby addressing you as 'Sir' may imply that you're male.
* BloodSport: Nib. The [=BarBot=] is an especially big fan - he'll go on about it at length if you ask him, and the [[{{Feelies}} In-Flight Magazine]] also has an article on the subject written by him.
* BrainUploading: People who have donated their personality, like giving blood in America you get paid for it, with better personalities getting more money. The robots onboard all have these, thankfully they can be adjusted.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: After the titular ship reduces your house to rubble, what choice do you have but to to answer Fentible's CallToAdventure?
** ButThouMust: In fact, if you type "no" (or indeed anything besides "yes"), the only acknowledgment your refusal gets is "An odd way to spell it, but I suppose it will have to do."
* ChekhovsGun: Both [[spoiler: the picture of the night sky above your house]], and [[spoiler: [[{{Feelies}} the 3D glasses that came packaged with the game itself.]]]] These two items are completely useless [[spoiler: until you gain access to the Titanic's navigation systems at the very end of the game.]]
* ControlRoomPuzzle: With a pretty star field.
* CoolStarship: It's a hotel In Space.
* CreatorCameo: Turn on your television at the beginning, and DouglasAdams himself will appear on the screen and tell you to get on with the game. He also voices the Succ-U-Bus, the ship's artificially intelligent pneumatic-tube system. [[spoiler: And plays Leovinus, the Titanic's designer, in a recording near the end of the game.]]
* DilatingDoor: The ship has two, the one visible in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mdVVcLIgKw the intro]] and the door to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oQDpxn31aho#t=1058s the arboretum]], which 'grows' open and closed.
* GameBreakingBug: The game spanned multiple [=CD-ROMs=]. Some batches went out with the final disc in the set missing. Okay, not technically a bug, par se, but certainly game-breaking.
** This is due to there being an ACTUAL game breaking bug on the final disk in the first printing that was missing a file that had the game's interface with their [[FunWithAcronyms Personal Electronic Thing]] which is necessary to do anything with your inventory or even save/quit the game!
* GargleBlaster: The [=BarBot=] asks for your help in making a fairly nasty one. Interestingly, if you ask him for an ''actual'' [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Gargle Blaster]], he replies [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything "Nobody likes a smart-ass".]]
** This is, in fact, a hint.
* GhostShip: You are the only living thing on-board, however there are two dead things...
** and one very living (and vocal) parrot.
** The flock of starlings are alive - at least, to start with...
* GuideDangIt: One review dubbed the game's difficulty "Impossible unless you're the author or telepathic".
* FasterThanLightTravel: Which allows a ship from the other side of the galaxy to crash into your house.
* FunWithAcronyms: '''P'''ersonal '''E'''lectronic '''T'''hing, a combination of keyring, BagOfHolding, remote control, staff pager and conversation log.
** Also '''S'''pontaneous '''M'''assive '''E'''xistance '''F'''ailure. The ship sailed from its space dock with great fanfare and promptly vanished.
* TheKeyIsBehindTheLock: In order to obtain a hammer, you need to press a button with a long stick. However, in order to obtain a long stick behind glass, you must break the glass with a hammer. [[spoiler:Fortunately, there's a parrot perch that you can use in place of the long stick.]]
** [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the perch isn't quite long ''enough'' to get the lemon. You ''can'', however, use it to get the hammer you'll need to break the glass and get the long stick.]]
* MagicCountdown: Parodied. The bomb, once armed, would begin to audibly count down, get distracted and lose its place and have to start over. A lot.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Of course you need to cover the chicken in mustard sauce before you send it...
* OldSoldier: The [=LiftBot=]. ShoutOut to real life - ex-servicemen lift operators used to be a common sight in the UK.
-->'''Nobby:''' Between ourselves I'd rather be trotting up the ha'aqa bin-j'Jabbli in my p'narma hat, heading for the rebel headquarters with a grenade under my q'jinjan.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: There is a talking parrot on board, located in the unfinished ballroom. It belonged to one of the people building the ship.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Starship Titanic'': [[CaptainObvious Titanic]] [-IN SPACE-]!
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Mostly averted, many of the robots look like furniture or art work.
* RobotGirl / SpaceshipGirl: Well, woman, whom her creator is in love with; also the main computer.
* RubeGoldbergMachine: Though there aren't any actual machines on board, the puzzles often follow the logic of Rube Goldberg's contraptions.
* SanitySlippage: The Barbot after a particularly powerful cocktail and the Doorbot at random times during conversation.
* SceneryPorn: The Art Deco inspired locations are mostly static, but ''wonderful'' to look at.
* SchizoTech: In a giant spaceship that can travel faster than light there is a pneumatic tube delivery system and phonograph cylinders for music.
** In the novel, [[spoiler: Leovinus]] made the Succ-U-Bus system that way for safety reasons, although because corners were cut, they're not as smart as they were supposed to be.
* SidenoteFullStory: The whole story began as a [[FootnoteFever footnote]] in ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', the third book in the ''Hitchhiker's'' series.
* SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb: There is a bomb on board, in Titania's chambers. The button labeled "[[ShmuckBait Press to disarm bomb]]" actually ''arms'' the thing. [[spoiler:If you don't disable it before beating the game, the ship blows up in the ending.]]
* StarshipLuxurious: Of course, since it's a cruise ship in space.
* StopPokingMe: Repeatedly clicking on the bomb after arming it will cause it to become increasingly annoyed, eventually screaming at the player that '''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis NO! MEANS! NO!]]"''' before breaking down sobbing. You can annoy it even further by hitting the glass-shielded button with a hammer you pick up later. Also, prodding the Maitre d'Bot's "Achilles' buttock" results in this.
* SurferDude: The personality of Krage the bellbot.
* TemptingFate: ''Starship [[MeaningfulName Titanic]], The ship that cannot possibly go wrong.''
* TookALevelInKindness: Marsinta, the [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]], [[{{Jerkass}} deliberately unhelpful]] [=DeskBot=] becomes extremely kind and gentle once you [[spoiler: recalibrate her off-kilter personality settings]].
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: One of the ingredients for the Titanic Titillator is Puree of Starling. [[spoiler: You get it by sucking a flock of starlings into a giant ventilation fan.]]
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: [[spoiler:It arms the bomb.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
* VariableMix

!!The novelization has the further examples of:

* AlternateContinuity: Rather obvious for the story itself, but one of the glaring points different from the game is how Scraliontis died: Where here he [[spoiler: falls down the Central Well]], in the game he [[spoiler: died in a bowl of food in the 1st class restaraunt during the fight with Leovinus]].
* BareYourMidriff: Nettie wears a Gap shirt which exposes her midriff.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Scraliontis]] falls to his death when he makes the mistake on leaning on a railing when attacked by the parrot, as they were poorly made due to cutting corners in the starship's development to "finish" it.
* HeelRealization: As he is unable to communicate with Earthlings, Levonius can only pass time in his cell in Oxfordshire police station by pondering his life, and comes to realization about how much of a bad person he has become.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The Yassaccan who looks over the captured protagonists is revealed to be a leader of Yassaccan smuggling ring, who joined the others to board the starship in hopes of securing loot afterwards. As soon as this is revealed, the book notes that this is "an another story" and he isn't mentioned again.
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: By an ancient law, Blerontinian journalists are deemed to only go by as "The Journalists", in order to make sure that a "cult of personality" doesn't build around them.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: When Lucy tells her name to The Journalist, he tells her that in his language her name is really funny, but refuses to tell her what it means.
* InsuranceFraud: Starship's investors Scraliontis and Brobostignon arranged the ship's disappearance and upcoming detonation to collect its insurance money, as its massive scale proved to be a financial failure. This is also hinted at in the game's emails.
* MistakenForMurderer: When Lucy meets The Journalist for the first time, she finds him covered (in his own) blood and investigating [[spoiler:Scraliontis's]] corpse. She comes to conclusion that he is murderer. The fact that he ties her down after she tries to run away from him doesn't help matters.
* PlanetOfHats: Yassacca, which hat is building and repairing things. When a group of them attack the starship, they fire on it, and fix it immediately afterwards.
* PreClimaxClimax: Thinking that the ship is about to blow up, Lucy jumps The Journalist's bones.
* ReverseMole: In the end, [[spoiler:the parrot is revealed to be an undercover agent working for the Yansaccans]].
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: While being interrogated by Bolfass, The Journalist tells him that he can only give him his name, rank and number. Bolfass then tells him that "this isn't ''Film/TheGreatEscape''". A footnote regarding this statement tells that he refers to similarly named and plotted Yassaccan film. Which also stars SteveMcQueen.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Early in the book, Nettie is held as a [[DumbBlonde blonde bimbo]]. Then it turns out she is really smart, [[spoiler:and gets even smarter when she is sucked into the black hole in the starship's engine room]].

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