Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
"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 (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Starship Titanic is a 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 here. There is also a novelization of the game by PythoniteTerry Jones, 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 other starshipsnamed Titanic.See 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 here for a and here for b)
This game provides examples of:
AchillesButtock: The Maître d'Bot has one, and it must be prodded repeatedly before he will let you look at Scraliontis' corpse.
All Up To You: True, you occasionally persuade the bots to help, but it's an uphill struggle. Fentible tries to justify this in the intro, saying that because Titania was dismantled, the side effect made all of the robots unable to figure out the problems on board the ship.
AFGNCAAP: We only have the Robots' assurance that we're even human. Nobby addressing you as 'Sir' may imply that you're male.
Blood Sport: Nib. The BarBot is an especially big fan - he'll go on about it at length if you ask him, and the In-Flight Magazine also has an article on the subject written by him.
Brain Uploading: 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.
Creator Cameo: Turn on your television at the beginning, and Douglas Adams 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. And plays Leovinus, the Titanic's designer, in a recording near the end of the game.
Game-Breaking Bug: 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 Personal Electronic Thing which is necessary to do anything with your inventory or even save/quit the game!
Also Spontaneous Massive Existance Failure. The ship sailed from its space dock with great fanfare and promptly vanished.
The Key Is Behind the Lock: 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. Fortunately, there's a parrot perch that you can use in place of the long stick.
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.
Law of Conservation of Detail: Played with throughout the game. Whenever an item can be taken that turns out to be one of Titania's body parts, a new one instantly grows back.
Brobostigon handwaves this in one of his emails: Each body part has a security chip called the "Metamor" that causes the item to change shape when removed from Titania's core.
Magic Countdown: Parodied. The bomb, once armed, would begin to audibly count down, get distracted and lose its place and have to start over. A lot.
Moon Logic Puzzle: Of course you need to cover the chicken in mustard sauce before you send it...
Old Soldier: The LiftBot. Shout-Out 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.
Polly Wants a Microphone: There is a talking parrot on board, located in the unfinished ballroom. It belonged to one of the people building the ship.
Stop Poking Me: Repeatedly clicking on the bomb after arming it will cause it to become increasingly annoyed, eventually screaming at the player that "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.
Alternate Continuity: Rather obvious for the story itself, but one of the glaring points different from the game is how Scraliontis died: Where here he falls down the Central Well, in the game he died in a bowl of food in the 1st class restaraunt during the fight with Leovinus.
Disney Villain Death: 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.
Heel Realization: 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.
Hero of Another Story: 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.
His Name Really Is Barkeep: 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.
In My Language That Sounds Like: 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.
Insurance Fraud: 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.
Mistaken for Murderer: When Lucy meets The Journalist for the first time, she finds him covered (in his own) blood and investigating 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.
Planet of Hats: 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.
Pre-Climax Climax: Thinking that the ship is about to blow up, Lucy jumps The Journalist's bones.
Reverse Mole: In the end, the parrot is revealed to be an undercover agent working for the Yansaccans.
Similarly Named Works: Used In-universe. 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 The Great Escape". A footnote regarding this statement tells that he refers to similarly named and plotted Yassaccan film. Which also stars Steve McQueen.
Smarter Than You Look: Early in the book, Nettie is held as a blonde bimbo. Then it turns out she is really smart, and gets even smarter when she is sucked into the black hole in the starship's engine room.