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* GainaxEnding: It's never made clear if Claire Moon was rescued or not, as all we get is [[spoiler: a cutscene of the Neurographicon disappearing bit by bit, followed by the entire ship morphing into a bunch of icebergs in a similar vein to the people who caught up with death in their pods, cutting to a helicopter arriving.]] The fact that Matthew's Arctic exposure at the beginning left him mentally addled doesn't help.

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* GainaxEnding: It's never made clear if Claire Moon was rescued or not, or even if the game's events were real, as all we get is [[spoiler: a cutscene of the Neurographicon disappearing bit by bit, followed by the entire ship morphing into a bunch of icebergs in a similar vein to the people who caught up with death in their pods, cutting to a helicopter arriving.]] The fact that Matthew's Arctic exposure at the beginning left him mentally addled doesn't help.

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* DistressCall: ''Herculania'' has a distress canister intended for rescuers to find, which strangely wasn't launched before it ran aground. Matthew can retrieve this canister for clues on how to get into the ship.


* BigScrewedUpFamily: Jan's family is this. His mother Belle, and supposed father Leo cared only for their own selfish interests, leaving Jan to be bullied by his caretaker and roommate at the Goodman Home for Boys. Even Claire Moon, one of the few nicest members, had to cope with both polio and Belle's overbearing personality. [[spoiler: Because of all this, Jan decided to [[AssholeVictim use them as fuel for his machine]], to heal Claire's disease in turn.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: Jan's family is this. His mother Belle, and supposed father Leo cared only for their own selfish interests, leaving Jan to be bullied by his caretaker and roommate at the Goodman Home for Boys. Even Claire Moon, one of the few nicest members, had to cope with both polio and Belle's overbearing personality. [[spoiler: Because of all this, Jan decided to [[AssholeVictim [[HumanResources use them as fuel for his machine]], to heal Claire's disease in turn.]]


This game, released in 1998, is a first-person adventure game similar to Myst with a point and click interface. However, the player may also pan around a location by clicking and dragging the mouse. Clicking the mouse to go in a certain direction results in a transition video showing the player's movement.

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This game, released in 1998, 1998 for [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PC]], is a first-person adventure game similar to Myst ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', with a point and click interface. However, the player may also pan around a location by clicking and dragging the mouse. Clicking the mouse to go in a certain direction results in a transition video showing the player's movement.



* VomitDiscretionShot: In one scene, Billy gets seasick and pukes into a toilet - and keeps dragging on his cigar while he's at it, but the camera angle and bluescreen overlay show no actual puke taking place.

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* VomitDiscretionShot: In one scene, Billy gets seasick and pukes into a toilet - and keeps dragging on his cigar while he's at it, but the camera angle and bluescreen overlay show no actual puke taking place.place.
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Implied by the ending, where ''Herculania'' morphs into the Arctic glaciers surrounding it, followed by a helicopter arriving. Doesn't help that Matthew's severe exposure left him hallucinating from the beginning.]]


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* GainaxEnding: It's never made clear if Claire Moon was rescued or not, as all we get is [[spoiler: a cutscene of the Neurographicon disappearing bit by bit, followed by the entire ship morphing into a bunch of icebergs in a similar vein to the people who caught up with death in their pods, cutting to a helicopter arriving.]] The fact that Matthew's Arctic exposure at the beginning left him mentally addled doesn't help.


Initially released as a 3-CD game, the remnants of the development team have since rereleased it as a [[https://soapbubble.itch.io/morpheus free web-based port]].



* AllJustADream: Matthew goes back and forth thinking that's what his adventure really is, not helped by prolonged exposure to arctic weather.

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* AllJustADream: Matthew goes back and forth thinking that's what his adventure really is, not helped [[spoiler: Implied by prolonged the ending, where ''Herculania'' morphs into the Arctic glaciers surrounding it, followed by a helicopter arriving. Doesn't help that Matthew's severe exposure to arctic weather.left him hallucinating from the beginning.]]


* BravingTheBlizzard: Matthew Holmes ends up doing this in the introduction while trying to find his father, knowing he might die from hypothermia soon. Then the storm lets up, ''Herculania'' finally appears.

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* BravingTheBlizzard: Matthew Holmes ends up doing this in the introduction while trying to find his father, knowing he might die from hypothermia soon. Then the storm lets up, and ''Herculania'' finally appears.

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* BravingTheBlizzard: Matthew Holmes ends up doing this in the introduction while trying to find his father, knowing he might die from hypothermia soon. Then the storm lets up, ''Herculania'' finally appears.


* BigScrewedUpFamily: Jan's family is this. His mother Belle, and supposed father Leo cared only for their own selfish interests, leaving Jan to be bullied by his caretaker and roommate at the Goodman Home for Boys. Even Claire Moon, one of the few nicest members, had to cope with both polio and Belle's overbearing personality. [[Spoiler: Because of all this, Jan decided to [[AssholeVictim use them as fuel for his machine]], to heal Claire's disease in turn.]]

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: Jan's family is this. His mother Belle, and supposed father Leo cared only for their own selfish interests, leaving Jan to be bullied by his caretaker and roommate at the Goodman Home for Boys. Even Claire Moon, one of the few nicest members, had to cope with both polio and Belle's overbearing personality. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Because of all this, Jan decided to [[AssholeVictim use them as fuel for his machine]], to heal Claire's disease in turn.]]


* AbusiveParents: Jan's family is ''chock full'' of abusive members. Even his caretaker and roommate weren't any better.


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* BigScrewedUpFamily: Jan's family is this. His mother Belle, and supposed father Leo cared only for their own selfish interests, leaving Jan to be bullied by his caretaker and roommate at the Goodman Home for Boys. Even Claire Moon, one of the few nicest members, had to cope with both polio and Belle's overbearing personality. [[Spoiler: Because of all this, Jan decided to [[AssholeVictim use them as fuel for his machine]], to heal Claire's disease in turn.]]

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* TheReveal: Entering [[spoiler: your own dream world at the end of the game reveals your father's body frozen in an ice cave. His journal explains that after finding J.C. Pharris and embarking to find ''Herculania'', a blizzard forced him into the cave, which collapsed and trapped him inside, where he eventually [[DyingAlone died of frostbite]].]]


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: John Mahlerbe]] hung himself from the deck, in despair from the ramifications behind helping Jan.

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: John Mahlerbe]] hung himself from one of the deck, ship's cranes, in despair from the ramifications behind helping Jan.

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* SmokingIsNotCool: In the ship's lounge, Grace Thermon criticizes Billy for smoking and orders him to put his cigar out. He [[SecondFaceSmoke blows smoke in her face]] in response.


* GoodiesInTheToilet: The key to Billy Mexler's locker in the ship's mud room turns up in a toilet...''after'' you see him throwing up into it.

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* GoodiesInTheToilet: GoodiesInTheToilets: The key to Billy Mexler's locker in the ship's mud room turns up in a toilet...''after'' you see him throwing up into it.

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