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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]] Creator/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 [[{{WesternAnimation/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]]) Also available at [[http://www.gog.com/game/starship_titanic gog.com]] if you don't like the hassle.

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!!This game provides examples of:

* AchillesHeel: The Maître d'Bot has an "Achilles' Buttock," which must be prodded repeatedly before he will let you look at [[spoiler: Scraliontis' corpse.]]
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Once you bring the ingredients for the [=BarBot's=] cocktail to him, the mixing process fries his circuits and forces his personality to default to that of a happy drunk.
* AllThereInTheManual: The website for Starlight Travel, the company that supposedly built the Starship Titanic (now defunct but [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070711102210/http://www.starlightlines.com/cgi-bin/front.cgi available on the Internet Archive]]), contains some concept art, design plans, maintenance reports, Brobostigon's diary, and even a calculator for various currencies in the Starship Titanic universe.
** The maintenance reports range from routine inspections and inter-company bickering all the way through to {{Crowning Moment of Funny}}.
---> '''Opportunity''': Navoplex test run parametrically satisfactory but whining noise heard after system shutdown.\\
'''Action''': Yossa gan Hoorg[[note]]Navigation Systems engineer[[/note]] removed from Bridge area. Whining noise ceased.
* AllUpToYou: 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.
* ArcWords: "Nobody likes a smart-ass."
* BlatantLies: Any and all of the approving comments made by the [=DeskBot=] in regards to your [=SGT=] stateroom.
--> '''Marsinta''': Well, you certainly won't like the room you've got, then!
** The only occupants of the First Class Restaurant are the Maître d'Bot and [[spoiler:Scraliontis]], but the bot will ''insist'' that every single table is busy.
* 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.]]
** Also, the [[spoiler:Third Class chicken delivery system and the Maître d'Bot's arms.]]
* ControlRoomPuzzle: With a pretty star field.
* CoolStarship: It's a hotel In Space.
* CreatorCameo: Turn on your television at the beginning, and Creator/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.]]
* CuttingTheKnot: One of the four main elevators isn't working, and one of the puzzles is figuring out how to access it. The [[GuideDangit official strategy guide]] advises you to [[spoiler:use other lifts to hoist the broken one to the top.]] It's far easier just to [[spoiler:work out which floor the elevator's on and take another one there.]]
* 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.
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: The nature of the warnings on the [[RuleofThree three]] inspection hatches to a fuse box:
--> [[SchmuckBait Danger unbelievably high voltage!!!]] No user servicable parts inside.\\
You really shouldn't have opened the first inspection plate!!! This is not only fantastically dangerous, but you are [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking voiding your warranty]].\\
[[IWarnedYou Don't say you weren't warned!!!]]
* FakeArmDisarm: Leovinus and Scraliontis used two of the Maître D-bot's limbs to fight each other, and eventually smashed the whole thing apart when landing on it. This didn't affect the robot much, though, as he can still wiggle his components even when separated. Played straighter in the game when you have to actually steal his arms, and get him to relax to let go of the things they're holding.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Which allows a ship from the other side of the galaxy to crash into your house.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: We only have the Robots' assurance that we're even human. Nobby addressing you as 'Sir' may imply that you're male; then again, he just as often refers to you as "Sir, Madam or Thing".
* {{Feelies}}: The game originally came packaged with a pair of 3D red/blue glasses and a physical copy of the ''Super-Galactic Traveler Magazine''.
* 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.
* 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...
* GratuitousFrench: The Maitre'd-bot does this almost every time he talks to you.
* GuideDangIt: One review dubbed the game's difficulty "Impossible unless you're the author or telepathic".
** In particular, one feature of the PET is very easily overlooked - the ability to manually enter room codes in the 'Designer Room Numbers' menu. [[spoiler: It's necessary to use this feature to find which one First Class stateroom out of a couple hundred is of interest to you.]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: The PET inventory, natch.
** This extends to the Succ-U-Bus item delivery system; no matter the size of the item, it will always compress into a cylinder the size of a drinks can that the Succ-U-Bus can swallow. This includes everything in size from napkins through to [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror Antar Brobostigon]], the project manager.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: Occasionally, while you're in the bar, the parrot will interject with a Hey, Barman joke - from the ''other side of the ship''. YMMV on the success of said jokes.
* 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.]]
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: 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.
** [[spoiler: 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.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in some places, though. There are doors on the First Class decks that don't go anywhere, there are ''thousands'' of cabins on the ship, but only three are of interest to you in any one playthrough, [[RealityEnsues and nothing ever plays on]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking TV channel 1]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: The game originally came on three [=CDs.=] CD 3 is generally only used for the opening and the ending of the game, but once you reach First Class, this starts happening a lot, as all of the First Class areas - including the Bar, which is a Second Class area - require a change over to CD 1.
* LongList: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20090211175400/http://starlightlines.com/eng_succubus.html The list of items pulled out of the Succ-U-Bus system]] on the [[AllThereInTheManual Starlight Lines engineering log]]. [[NoodleIncident These include:]]
-->1,271 items of wearing apparel\\
1 small ambassador\\
1 copy "Bluffers' Guide to Control Engineering" (battered)\\
1 death threat from Save The Nauga Association (unsigned)\\
1 bundle love letters (Authenticated sender: [[SickeninglySweethearts Your tinky-winky Frou-Frou sugar-wugar kissy-poo]], presumed to be an alias)\\
1 showgirl from the Hotel Gat Girls Girls Girls Tropicana Lounge 'n' Bar Girls Girls Girls (bewildered but stoical)
* LostForever: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] where it comes to the item system. It is possible to lose items in the Succ-U-Bus system, but a system exists in-game to help you recover them.
** However, if you don't replace the parrot's perch after obtaining the [[spoiler:central core]], the parrot will leave and you'll never see him again.
** Pulling the lever in the Creators' Chamber once you give it power disables the energy beams keeping the creators' busts in the air, destroying them for good.
* MadLibsDialogue: Played straight with Marsinta giving you your room number, which is generally randomized per play. You're presented with an extensive check-in conversation in which you carefully pick your room, what kind of breakfast and newspaper you get, what type of bed you've got, where the room is situated... and then you get slapped with a Super Galactic Traveller Class room, of which there are hundreds and they all look exactly the same. Averted with Nobby in the elevator, however.
* 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. [[spoiler:Even if you arm it and walk away, it won't actually blow up until you complete the game.]]
* MoonLogicPuzzle: Of course you need to cover the chicken in mustard sauce before you send it...
** This is {{Lampshaded}} by [[WordOfGod one of the programmers]] in the strategy guide:
---> '''Adam Shaikh''' (programmer): "'Well, obviously, the parrot will only eat chicken without tomato sauce - it would be stupid otherwise.' These were not the thoughts of a normal person."
* MultipleEndings: Depending on whether or not you [[spoiler:disarmed the bomb or not.]]
** There is a [[DummiedOut third ending in the game files]] with fireworks, implied to be the 'good' end (where the available endings are the 'neutral' and 'bad' endings).
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: According to the credits no starlings were harmed in the creation of the game.
* NobodyPoops: At least, nobody of the upper classes, anyway. There are toilets in the Super Galactic Traveller Class rooms ([[{{Squick}} which double as clothes washers]]) but conspicuously absent throughout the rest of the ship, including in the Second and First Class rooms.
* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: PlayedForLaughs in the pellerator, where just about the only thing that ''is'' allowed is standing or sitting with a perfectly passive expression.
--> '''Marsinta:''' Don't get drunk in the bar, don't annoy the musicians, don't fiddle with the pellerator, don't touch the artwork, and if you go up to the promenade deck, don't scuff the woodwork. There you are, and it's better than you deserve. Lousy freeloaders.
** Naturally, you end up doing all of this anyway.
* ObviousBeta: InUniverse, this is the state of some parts of the ship. In particular, the ballroom is full of scaffolding, and the accessible area of the Promenade Deck is tiny, the rest of it being undecked and otherwide unfinished.
* OldSoldier: Nobby, 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.
* PlayerNudge: All over the place.
--> ''(fiddling with a bowl of liquorice)'' Not a bowl of pistachio nuts.
--> '''[=BarBot=]''': ''(while standing in front of [[spoiler:Titania's vision centre]])'' "Have you found [[spoiler:Titania's vision centre]] yet?"
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: There is a talking parrot on board, located in the unfinished ballroom. It belonged to one of the people building the ship. He also apparently has an (invisible) microphone, as he can on occasion be heard cracking jokes whilst you're on the other side of the ship.
* RealityEnsues: In order to get the parrot to move, you have to [[spoiler:bribe him with [[ImAHumanitarian chicken]]. It's fairly easy to grab a chicken from the lower decks and carry it all the way to the parrot, but by the time you get there it's cold, and [[SarcasmMode obviously]] the parrot doesn't like cold chicken...]]
** Really, the whole game has Douglas Adams' own take on this trope in spades.
* RecursiveReality: After inserting a disc into your computer to start the game, one of the things you must then do is insert a Starship Titanic disc into your computer to start the game.
* 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.]]
* SpoilerCover: It had a strange twist on this: one particular puzzle, in the Music Room, can be easily solved by looking at the back of the game box, where the screenshot of that room shows the puzzle completed. However, this isn't a spoiler... it's the correct way to complete the puzzle, apart from the easy-to-miss fabric pattern of two chairs in the same room.
* StarshipLuxurious: Of course, since it's a cruise ship in space. [[WordOfGod Developer quotes in the strategy guide]] say they were intentionally trying to make the interior look like a hotel rather than a spaceship.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. You have to work your way up to First Class Passenger in order to solve the mystery, and your surroundings become increasingly luxurious as you advance through the game.
* 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.'' Both Fentible and Marsinta comment on the irony, the former with embarrassment, the latter with derision.
* 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.]]
** It's also perfectly possible - and required - to put the Parrot into your inventory and send him through the Succ-U-Bus item delivery system.
* 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 of 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, Leovinus 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 Brobostigon 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: 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 ''Film/TheGreatEscape''". A footnote regarding this statement tells that he refers to similarly named and plotted Yassaccan film. Which also stars Creator/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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