It's true! They do send out an SOS.
"This is to be the largest passenger shipwreck to date.
There are a reported 2300 passengers aboard. The voyage will turn from ecstasy to catastrophy
The ship is in total chaos. Passengers and crew alike begin to panic, as they near the grip of death.
Now, the real tragedy begins...”
An adventure game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
developed by Human Entertainment. Known as Septentrion
in Japan, the U.S. version was released by Vic Tokai
. Basically take The Poseidon Adventure
and turn it into a side-scrolling platformer and this is what you'll end up with. The Lady Crithania capsizes during a storm and it's up to you to escape with your life. Along the way you will encounter other passengers and crew who you must try to rescue... or not
. You have to escape within one real life hour
or it's game over.
You play as one of four adult males
trying to escape. Each character starts in a different part of the ship, and must rescue a certain person to get their good ending. Depending on your character's personality, passengers may come with you right away or refuse to come along at all; you must balance time spent rescuing people with time spent escaping. In general, the more people rescued
, the better the ending
. With the exception of drowning, the only penalty for getting hurt is to Lose 5 Minutes, which is also the only time you get to see how much time you have left.
The game was hardly advertised at the time and not very popular.
Tropes associated with SOS:
- Artificial Stupidity: People in your group, once called, will all take the same path in the same way, even if that involves jumping to their death after seeing someone else do it or just getting stuck in the floor for five seconds before continuing normally.
- Blackout Basement: After 30 minutes the ship's sinking speeds up and the power goes out on the upper (now lower) decks.
- Backtracking: If you are dedicated to saving certain people, you must sometimes go away from the exit to get to them.
- Cool Old Guy: Jeffrey Howell is a doctor in his 60's, yet can still jump, swim, and save survivors as well as anyone else.
- Crouch and Prone: You're required to crouch to get through small areas.
- Cut-and-Paste Environments: The staterooms.
- Death Cry Echo: The scream your character lets out when you Lose 5 Minutes.
- Downer Ending / Bittersweet Ending: Depending on who your character is and who else you rescue, you don't always end up surviving even after you “get out.”
- Earn Your Happy Ending: If you want to get the best ending for each respective character, you'll have to escort many people to the engine room, as well as save one (or more) critical characters per individual.
- Escort Mission: The whole point of the game.
- Gameplay Ally Immortality: Played straight and averted. Straight in that people in your group are immune to some things that would cause you to Lose 5 Minutes, like fire and falling chairs, but averted in that they are not immune to falling or drowning.
- Guide Dangit: Some of the survivors are very well hidden, and won't come with you if you don't do certain acts in a very specific way. There's also a dialog scene before the boiler room where you will lose all the survivors if you don't answer it correctly.
- Hide Your Children: Averted. You can rescue children, and they can die if you are not careful.
- In-Universe Game Clock: You have one hour to escape the ship. After the 30 minute mark, some people can't be rescued, and others can only be rescued after it.
- It's Up to You: The rest of the people on the ship are perfectly happy to sit in one place as the ship fills up with water around them. Only you can convince them to actually try to get out.
- Large Ham: Redwin at times.
- Multiple Endings: Depending on who your character is and who you rescue.
- Never Say "Die": The word “perish” pops up entirely too often. Only averted twice – in the opening scrawl, and in one throwaway line where the character says “die” only because “parish” wouldn't fit on the screen.
- Optional Character Scene: Marie/Mary and her mother. Jack and his cousins. Luke and the captain. Capris and his sister. There are a lot of them.
- Palette Swap: You'll encounter many dead passengers on the ceiling (now the floor) who look the same except for the color of their hair and clothes. Sometimes even passengers in your group will exhibit this.
- Point of No Return: The boiler room.
- Run Don't Walk: Averted. You can't run, you just move at a brisk walk
- Sinking Ship Scenario
- Visible Silence: All the time in your conversations with passengers.