The Ship: Remasted Review
Cocktails, black-tie and murder – The Ship: Remasted.
One of my favourite things in life is puns. So this game sailed to the top of my list to review when I saw it’s name: The Ship: Remasted. The Ship: Remasted is a remastered version of The Ship: Murder Party, released in 2006. As you could probably guess, The Ship: Remasted is set on a ship. There are 6 game modes available: only Hunt, Elimination and Deathmatch are available in the alpha. The objective of Hunt – the main game mode – is to find and kill your assigned target before the timer runs out. While you hunt your target, another hunter targets you.
$19.99/£14.99 – 25% loyalty discount if you own The Ship: Murder Party on Steam.
Windows (later to be released for Linux and Mac-OS)
If you’re being followed, don’t take matters into your own hands:
So say the iconic posters plastered around the Huronian. The Huronian is one of 6 maps available in the Alpha version of The Ship: Remasted with a promised total of 12 in the fully released version. All of the ships in the game are named after real ships that disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The first thing I do is find a weapon. This isn’t any normal ship – weapons are hidden everywhere. It almost as if they want you to kill each other. I find an old fashioned musket in my wardrobe – 2 shots. The round begins and its time to hunt my quarry. It’s not long before I come across my first character. You have to go and “examine” them to find out who they are. To my surprise, he whips out a knife and starts to attack me. Panicking, I fire my musket at him. One shot kill. 1 minute left to kill my quarry. I run off until I get a warning “must… go… to… sleep”. There’s no bed nearby and the sleep timer has counted down to 0. My character just goes to sleep. I’m very vulnerable but happy I killed my hunter. Your character has ‘needs’ – to sleep, read, poop, eat, drink, shower, pee and socialize. This immerses you satirically into the 1920s Cruise Liner Scene – all the while attempting to murder fellow passengers.
I finally run into my target and kill her. All is sorted. The next round begins. But alas, I have no bullets left. Not to worry: if you can’t shoot them, just right click and throw your musket at them. The Ship: Remasted is designed in a cartoon-like way – just like the original. We must bear in mind that the game is still in alpha mode – there are a few things that will need a little bit of fixing before the game comes out. The needs system is a good idea but the amount of sleep your character needs is a bit excessive. Your need for sleep increases as you run around very, very quickly. I’d like to see the gaps between when you need to sleep widened. Sometimes you’ll find yourself on the deck and nowhere near a bed when your character decides he/she needs to sleep. Secondly, I’m not really sure what the point of money in the game is. You can buy clothing from shops and energy drinks but otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be a huge point. It’s possible that they will implement better use of money when they come out with special weapons though – they are in development at the moment. Don’t let anything scare you away from the early access though. Blazing Griffin have a forum set up where you can communicate your problems to them.
I feel like I’ve learned some important lessons about cruise ships in the 1920s. First of all, it’s common to find claymores (not the CoD claymore – the Braveheart claymore) in your bedside table. Energy drink vending machines are all the rage. And if you don’t watch out, a cut-throat razor bearing maniac will try kill you. I can’t help but feel like Blazing Griffin has deliberately gone for a satirical feel. The simple audio, say, of the knife going through the air doesn’t make the game feel cheap, but enhances the amusing nature and fun involve in running around with your knife out. The posters around the ship ironically state the laws of the ship: 1. No Killing 2. No Stealing 3. No Arson 4. No Destruction of Ship Property 5. No Fighting 6. No Trespassing 7. No Public Nudity 8. No Littering 9. If In Doubt, Don’t Do It. Well, I’ve certainly broken 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and probably 9.
The Ship: Remasted is a fun, satirical game which will give you endless hours of gameplay with it’s great re-playability. It’s still in alpha, so unsurprisingly, not everything is 100% perfect. There are a few glitches here and there and not all the maps and gamemodes are ready to play. The Ship: Remasted is on course to becoming an excellent game. It’s different to a lot of games you’ll play. It’s hard to compare but if I had to label it, it would be something like “Sims meets Call of Duty”. It’s a competitive multiplayer game but without the stress of games like CoD. I’ve spent hours getting angry at other players in CoD – but in The Ship: Remasted, you can only laugh when you die and you enjoy the game. Soon to come out, there will also be secret areas around each map which you can explore. If you are willing to give the game developers a chance to improve their early access edition as you play, then this is a good game for you. Blazing Griffin have a development roadmap where you can check out what’s live and what is in development. The Ship: Remasted Early Access is available on Steam for $19.99/£14.99 if this interests you.
Blazing Griffin – the brains behind the game:
Blazing Griffin is a games developer based in Edinburgh, U.K. They recently won a Scottish BAFTA for Distant Star: Revenant Fleet, a game also launched via early access in 2014. They were founded in 2011 and have rapidly grown, now involved in games, film and post production. They are currently working on various projects including enabling multi-platform compatibility for all their IP.