Starship Titanic

Starship Titanic

by Douglas Adams




At the heart of a galaxy of which we know nothing, the greatest, most advanced starship ever known has been built -- the Starship Titanic. It is fabulous, beautiful and technologically miraculous. On its maiden voyage it crashes into hyperspace and vanishes.

The first you know of it is when you are sitting at home having a quiet evening in front of the TV and the most fabulous starship in the galaxy crashes into your home. You find your way on board (or not, if you just want to play the two minute version of the game) and are confronted with an interior which resembles a mixture of the Ritz, the Chrysler Building, Tutankhamen's tomb, and Venice.

The ship is inhabited by traumatized robots, a lobotomized cyberintelligence, a frankly unhinged parrot and, as the ship takes off, taking you deep into unknown interstellar space, you realize that life on board as a third class passenger is going to be tough going. You find yourself in the grip of one of the most powerful forces known to modern man -- the desire for a free upgrade.

Your task is to discover what has happened here, to reveal the deep conspiracy that lies behind this catastrophic failure, to repair the ship's intelligence and guide the ship back home. To do this you will have to gain the trust of the robots, which you do the same way you would with anybody else -- by talking to them. State-of-the-art language technology lets you do this.

Strange characters, stunning environments, wild satire, and a series of puzzles of escalating weirdness all add up to...

Starship Titanic -- The Ship That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong.


  • Windows 95
  • 100MHzPentium-class processor required, 133MHz or greater recommended
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 160 MB available hard disk space
  • Video card capable of displaying High Color (16 bit) at 640x480 pixels resolution
  • 4X speed CD-ROM drive or faster
  • Video and sound cards 100% compatible with DirectX 5.0

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671550257
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1997
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.28(h) x 2.31(d)

About the Author

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy—which yielded the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything¿42. Hitchhiker's Guide originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books. Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, in addition to three stories for the TV show Doctor Who.

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None of them could have told you how long the attack went on for, but it seemed like several lifetimes to the three figures huddled on the Captain's Bridge. The noise, the vibration, the crashing and bucking of the giant Starship went on and on. . . .

When it was all over, they waited and then stood up, trembling and shaking. The first wave was returning to the main fleet; meanwhile, a second wave was peeling off.

"Here they come again!" yelled Dan, and he and Lucy ducked down once more beneath the console. But The Journalist remained standing, with a curious expression on his face.

Lucy and Dan braced themselves for the gunfire . . . but it didn't come. Instead there was an odd "rather unmartial" banging on the hull of the ship.

"Yassaccans!" muttered The Journalist. Both Lucy and Dan assumed this was another alien expletive and remained under cover, but then The Journalist nudged Dan and said: "Look!"

Dan cautiously put his head above the console and peered out of the window: the second wave of spaceships had pulled up all around the Starship, and an army of short and stocky spacesuited figures were swarming over the hull, hammering and welding as they went.

"What the blazes?" asked Dan.

"They're repairing the damage," explained The Journalist. "Yassaccans are like that! They hate injuring hardware!"

Meanwhile the voice boomed out over the loudspeakers again: "We shall recommence our attack as soon as the first damage has been repaired! If you do not surrender, we shall board and dispose of everyone we find!"

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Starship Titanic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An entertaining computer puzzle-solving game in classic Adams 'mindbogglingly' amusing style, complete with wisecracking robots with odd personalities. Fans of the 'Hitchhiker's Guide' *ahem* 'Trilogy' will enjoy this game. Be cautious of the strategy guide - I used a bit too much of it and cheated myself out of the fun. 4 stars rather than 5 for lack of replayability - solve the puzzles, and that's about it. Beware the parrot!