If you are looking for a totally immersive game experience, you have to look no further than Titanic: Adventure Out of Time by Cyberflix. The game takes place totally in the first person, with your character being that of a secret agent trying to undo the mistakes he made in the past, aboard the ill-fated Titanic.
On board, many of the characters are available for conversation. A digitized image of a person replaces the somewhat more crude distance view and a button menu appears below his or her head and shoulders, giving you a list of topics with which you can engage the character. As you ask questions, new questions appear, replacing the old. These characters actually remember what you have spoken about before and may either volunteer new information or say, "I've said all I'm going to say on that subject" and clam up.
The main mystery on board appears to be the theft of a valuable old book, the Rubiyat of Omar-Khyyam. A Russian appears to be involved in its disappearance and perhaps has possession of it now. It is from here that you begin your mission.
A number of people and things exist on board to help you. The Steward, Smethells, gives you information on how to play and the Lift Operator can tell you where places are on board. The Purser, on the other hand, can tell you where certain passengers are to be found. There is also a Psychometrist named Leland Trask, an American, who can tell you more about certain objects. In your room, there is a decoder that can help you decode transmissions from enemy spies.
You get around the ship by using the arrow keys and the mouse. Use the mouse to click on a door to get it to open, then use the arrow keys to move through it. Using the mouse again only causes it to click shut. There is also a map Smethells gives to you. You can use it to move around the ship by clicking on any red shaded area. That moves you directly to that area (usually stairs or other important areas). You can also use the map to move between decks.
But this game has another interesting twist. You can choose, instead of playing the game, to explore the ship in tour mode. Several characters in the game appear as tour guides, relating facts on the Titanic itself or areas of the ship. This second program ensures you will never grow tired of the CD-ROM. Even after you solve the game, you can explore the old ship to your heart's content from the bridge to the bowels. The graphics of the game are superb, evoking the richness of the original Titanic so much that you feel you are actually on the ship.
Graphics: The graphics are superb, from the attention to detail in the furnishings and backgrounds of the ship to the realistic nature of the character animations. The next best thing to being there. The game is a little dark at first, but you can brighten the screen.
Sound: The sounds are equally as good as the graphics, with distinct voices for each of the characters, however minor they may be. They even make the wind on the outside decks sound realistic, though the sound may be a little choppy when you move up or down deck.
Enjoyment: Totally immersive. You'll have a hard time ripping yourself away from the game.
Replay Value: The Titanic tour and the complexity of the game make replay almost as interesting as the first game.
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