The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games - hunt and be hunted! Package includes multiplayer, single player and tutorial.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,103 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2006

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"A great game in the Source Engine which has a very interesting multiplayer mode with a pretty decent Singleplayer mode to match, worth to get in a sale."

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January 12

Looking for the servers?

The simple way to find a multiplayer server is via the Steam Client > View > Servers > The Ship. Hey presto, you're done! :)

Here's a more detailed way of adding a server manually:

On behalf of the team at Blazing Griffin, we hope you enjoy The Ship.

We have a couple of other games on sale this week that you might be interested in:

The Nightmare Cooperative
A quirky little turn-based rogulike puzzler, currently reduced to £1.67 / $2.03.

A frantic local coop game, currently reduced to £1.74 / $2.49.

Also, not on sale, but just launched on Early Access at an early price of £4.99 / $6.99 is our new roguelike meets space-RTS:

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet

- the Blazing Griffin team

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December 18, 2014

Changes to The Ship packages

Hi everyone,

We've made a few changes to The Ship packages on the Steam store, which I've outlined below.

Single Player
The single player game was previously sold as a separate package, as well as being included in the Complete Package. However, a number of users reported problems with the single player as a standalone game and as we were unable to resolve these issues, we've remove the option to buy the single player by itself.

Anyone who purchased the single player game without the multiplayer game, now should be able to claim the Complete Package for free (which should resolve issues playing the single player).

If you have any problems with this, the please leave a comment here.

Free Copies
Previously, if you purchased the Complete Package, you received additional gift copies to send to friends. While we understand that some people made full use of these, our stats show that most people didn't.

For this reason, we've removed the free copy promotion from the package - when you buy The Ship now, you'll only get 1 copy of the game.

To reflect these changes, we've permanently reduced the price of the Complete Package from $19.99 to $9.99.

UPDATED - 19/12/14

Hi everyone,

I've read through your comments and passed them onto the team. We appreciate your frustrations with this and will certainly try to give you more heads up if there are changes in the future.

Just to explain, our goal for 2015 is to do what we can to improve the experience players have with The Ship. There's a lot of things we can't do - see here for a background on our licencing constraints.

But one thing we can do is to try to increase the average number of people playing at any one time (and if you check Steam Charts, this has been improving lately). This improves the experience of the multiplayer game for everyone that's playing.

The main feedback we had from players was that the price was too high, so that's why we've dropped it by 50%. It wasn't an easy decision as this could siginificantly impact our revenue, but it was the right thing to do and we're confident that the price is a good one.

With regards the gift copies, our data shows that very few of them were redeemed. It wasn't having a significant impact on the number of people playing the game - in fact we believe that the higher priced "5 pack" was putting off more people playing than it was attracting new players.

We'll look at introducing an additional 3 or 5 pack for people who want that option. (Valve needs to set this up so it's unlikely to be before January).

- the Blazing Griffin team

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“its gameplay and design draw on everything from Poirot to Quake, with even a slightly unhealthy dose of The Sims thrown into the mix - but the game is much more than the sum of its well worn parts”
8 – Videogamer

“Unlike a lot of its hybrid predecessors, this multigenre multiplayer game really is something completely different. While the game draws on identifiable sources such as Quake, The Sims, and Clue, it mashes these elements together with a few new ideas to create an innovative experience that doesn't play like any of its inspirations.”
8.3 – Gamespot

“the game twists around the Clue formula to make it a little more interesting. Instead of having to uncover a killer, The Ship makes you the killer. The main gameplay mechanic revolves around finding your target, called your quarry, and breaking their face as stealthily as possible. To do so there are plenty of lethal odds-and-ends to wield, and even some environmental traps. It's certainly a quirky take on first-person gaming, but it's an entertaining one once you get the hang of it.”
7.4 – IGN

About This Game

For PC gamers who enjoy multiplayer games with a bit of intelligence, intrigue and ingenuity, The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games. Each player is given a Quarry to kill - and must evade their own Hunter in the process, all set on board a series of 1920s art deco cruise ships.

The Ship is owned by the mysterious Mr X and as one of many 'lucky' recipients of a free ticket you arrive on board The Ship to find there's a catch to your luxury cruise. You are coerced into a brutal Hunt to indulge Mr. X's fantasies, under threat of death for not only yourself, but also your family. Your only chance to save yourself and your family is to play the Hunt and win.

Combining stealthy multiplayer action and a needs system, The Ship is a truly unique gaming experience.

This package includes a tutorial, The Ship Single Player, which introduces you to some gameplay mechanics and storyline, and The Ship Multiplayer where you can hunt and be hunted by other players.

System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 8 level graphics card (1024x768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended: 2.8 GHz Processor, 1024MB RAM, DirectX 9 capable Graphics Card (1024x768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
218 of 240 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
The Ship is an amalgam. It combines gameplay genres in satisfying and entertaining ways. Whereas many games that incorporate multiple genres end up as generic experiments gone wrong, The Ship not only manages to keep from sinking, but sets sails for the high seas of adventure. This is one seriously imaginative game. While certain elements may remind you of other popular games, The Ship manages to combine these elements to create a unique concept in gaming. Essentially a murder mystery, The Ship combines elements of the whodunnit classic board game Clue with shooter elements, in addition to some personal management features not unlike The Sims. There's lots of action, tasks, strategy, and laughs to be had. You can play with others online or offline with bots. Each mode has its own good and bad points, but the good points outweigh bad.The unique part is that this means that you yourself are someone's target, and must avoid being killed by your secret stalker while you're looking for your own target.The basic idea behind The Ship is that you play out a murder mystery on a luxury liner that's decked out in the art-deco style of the 1920s. But this isn't an adventure game, despite the Agatha Christie premise. A first-person perspective and maps loaded with narrow corridors and small rooms make the game feel like a shooter, although instead of blasting everyone in sight, you're assigned to kill a specific victim on the sly for cash, and his or her current location is updated at the bottom right of the screen every 30 seconds. Instead of blasting away with shotguns and BFGs, you mainly do your dirty deeds with improvised weapons such as golf clubs, letter openers, barbecue tongs, and croquet mallets. The Ship brings a hilarious, fun, yet totally odd style to the first person shooter community. When most players are playing along, this game is a blast and there are some really great moments to be seen here. The single player mode leaves a bit to be desired, as it mostly just acts as practice for online play, but it's still actually pretty usable and fun. For its budget price, it won't work if you're looking for great graphics or a lot of all-out action, but once you get into the game's wacky style of play I think you'll find it's wonderful and very satisfying.
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155 of 164 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This is a truly awesome LAN party game. Yes, the graphics are a bit dated, but if you put three or four computers in the same room running the game and get people started... there's nothing like killing your friends. "That was you?" It's a fabulous party game.

Really, the only problem with this game is that nobody realized how awesome it was when it came out. Otherwise it's a 10/10 must play awesome game...but not single player.
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108 of 118 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Pretty fun with a group of friends, but servers are pretty empty so I don't think it's worth the price of $20. Wait until it goes on sale for < $5.

  • first-person suits it well
  • you can interact with pretty much everything
  • health meters
  • funny and sudden events
  • good animations

  • few times it is unclear how you were caught
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467 of 614 people (76%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
1) Installs The Ship
2) Loads up
3) Enters an ongoing game
4) Finds Gun, decides to shoot Quarry with it
5) Gets arrested
6) Quarry gets arrested later on
7) Quickly searches the cell, finds shiv
8) Quarry decides to go on the toilet
9) Kills Quarry on the toilet, while other cell mates watch
10) Me Gusta

10/10 Would kill people while on the toilet again.
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56 of 66 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
This is a fantastic game especially for one that was created all the way back in 2006. You forget that it is 10 years old when you are playing; this is mainly due to the fact that it is a concept that is currently unrivalled when compared to games of today.

Admittedly, it takes a fair amount of effort to create a multiplayer game; the server has to be hosted by a member of your party as there are no public servers available (This requires forwarding of port 27105). Other than that, it's an easy game to get into.

The basic premise of the game is that you have to hunt for your quarry, while being hunted. You get a list of the best priced weapons when pressing M, if you find these and kill your quarry without being detected and therefore detained, you will get a higher amount of money.

There are various maps, all of which are fairly good, these can be selected with console commands. The spare slots in the server are populated with a fairly good AI.

If I can offer one piece of advice, it's keep an eye on the people around you, and watch that eye.

My only complaint is that this game is so old, if it was revamped and brought into today's standards; I could imagine an even greater game would be born.
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118 of 175 people (67%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I played this game a few hours before going on a ferry.
I am now banned from all boats worldwide.
8/10 would recommend.
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
The Ship: Murder Party- The point of the game is to.. kill your target. Big whoop, right? WRONG ♥♥♥♥♥.
SEE THIS KNITTING NEEDLE? IF YOU KILL YOUR TARGET WITH IT WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT THE GAME WILL GIVE YOU 12k$ WITH WHICH YOU CAN BUY NEW CLOTHING, FOOD, DRINK, LOYALTY OF THE SECURITY OFFICERS AND MUCH MUCH MORE. Just don't get caught. Or get fsked up the patonkus with legal fees and charges for having a ♥♥♥♥ing cane on your person because all of a sudden it is a potential murder weapon... not that you were going to use it for that or anything... Try being more discreet next time. The piranas will eat your quarry alive. Utilize your environment! Utilize your sneaking skills! Utilize your eyeballs! Because someone else has every reason to kill you on the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ with a knitting needle.

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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
BUY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW! O.O This game is so much fun if you do it right. Just got it today and I've been playing it for like 4 hours, and it's spiffing awesome. If you like multiplayer and/or espionage games, this is for you.

EDIT: Even though there's apparently no servers anymore, this game is still really fun to play on Arcade Mode.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
The Ship is a very fun game, to an extent. The Single Player version of the game is okay but can get annoying at times. However, if you're playing with a friend, this game can almost never get boring, especially with the different game modes.
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39 of 62 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Harika bir oyun. Tüm oyun boyunca her defasında yalnız bulup öldürmek için başka birini avlıyorsunuz, ancak biri de sizi avlıyor. Kim sizi avlıyor hiç bir fikriniz yok. Kimseye güvenemiyor arkanızı dönemiyorsunuz bile. Saklan, kaç, avla oyun bundan ibaret. Oyunu öğrenmekte oynamakta gayet basit. Öldüğünüzde yada hapise girdiğinizde baştan başlıyorsunuz ancak dolaplardan eşyalar, silahlar bulmak çok kolay. Ayrıca yemek yemek, tuvalet gibi ihtiyaçlarınız var onlarıda karşılamanız gerekiyor. Gerçekten eğlenceli.

Great fun and suspense game. In different maps you hunt and get hunted. But you have no idea who hunts you. Most of the time nobody trust no one and you spend your time following and running. It is very easy to play and learn. Whenever you die or get into the prison (because you tried to use your weapon while people were watching) you start over, but you can find weapon and other stuff you need in the closets very easily. You basically gear up from scratch every time and start hunting. So easy and fun.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Really fun at all. It is challenging when your rival is disguise himself so you can't find him easily and it is more difficult when you have to avoid witnesses or police officers.

Totally worth my money.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
I was in TeamSpeak with a couple of my friends and one of them was my quarry.

My quarry went and hid inside one of the toilets. After a while he wanted to leave, but there was a random guy blocking his exit.

So I looked over the shoulder of the random guy and shot my friend in the face with the Blunderbuss.

I shot him straight back onto the toilet, and the random guy walked in and pissed on his corpse.

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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
An amazingly made game which should definitely be noticed. It revolves around a ship which is suspiciously marooned or something, away from any chance of rescue. The strange Mr. X - the complete leader of the ship with a strange kind of Russian accent - orders the ship's passengers to kill or be killed.

You get a quarry to kill in the Multiplayer. But there's a twist... you're being hunted. And so the main aim is to stay alive with the Sim-like twist you have to fulfil your needs so you don't die of having to go to the piss or starve.

In the Singleplayer, you're tasked with incredibly unique missions, and eventually you will complete the game.

One-of a kind.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
No one plays this game and it gets lonely playing alone. It's a shame, it would be enjoyable if the multiplayer was maxed out. Abandon ship at full price, all aboard if it goes on sale.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Moje česká recenze:

The ship is a great experience, especially with friends. It has some of the most hilarious ways how to kill a fellow passanger, like closing them into a freezer or throwing an umbrella at them. It's a better hunting simulator than other actual hunting simulators out there :D. In the beginning of the round, you get a name of your quarry and your future murdurer gets your name. It's only up to you to escape and still kill your victim. All that while managing your human needs. The insecurity and distrust is incredible, if you use teamspeak during the game and it reaches the fun level of Trouble in Terrorist town mod. The ship is great fun but doesn't offer much replayability, only if you really fancy it I guess or have 20 friends who do, because the servers are sadly very empty these days, playing with the AI is decent though 8/10
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21 of 34 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
got motion sickness , cant go to school for a day, thank you The Ship 11/01
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
The ship is a very interesting idea for the game. It has potential to be somehting GREAT. When you buy this game, you will find three new games in your library (The Ship, The Ship Single Player, The Ship Tutorial) - I will go over each one.

The Ship is the heart and soul of the game, and is what could be amazing about it. Basically, all the players have a "mark" on one of the other players, but nobody knows who you're hunting which can provide interesting scenarios. To spice things up, you cannot kill or even bear a weapon while being watched by civilians, guards or cameras. This means, you could lure a potential hunter into a trap! This sense of an almost "stalemate" makes things very interesting and with enough dedicated players could make this one of the most interesting and enjoyable games here. The problem is, the servers are down so you have to manually join servers - not too big a hassle, but it is definitely inconvenient, especially when trying to play with friends. Also, from what I've seen, not too many active player hosted servers.

I expected the Ship Single player to be the same as online except with bots - essentially be a "training area" for noobies. It is instead, a very short campaign with no options to play "multiplayer except with bots" unfortnately. Like I said, the campaign is very short, it is unrewarding, has annoying voice acting and is terribly unrewarding. The "levels" if you want to call them that can be too easy or ridiculously unfair out of nowehere. The most annoying part is one slip up (even if just caught with a weapon) all the progress yo made in that level is restarted, which means more walking across the ship to talk to the annoying sounding characters. Campaign can be beaten in about 1 to 2 hours depending on how fast you are at it, and if you want to "role play" or not. The game also has really annoying mechanics. You have various needs sor tof like a sim game, which would be fine, if they didn't randomly have to be upkept every two seconds. The most annoying is the "sprinting" in this game, which is the alternative to walking very slowly. The so called "sprinting" is tremendously slow and runs out of energy almost immediately. You get about 2 seconds max at sprinting to then have to wait for about 10+ seconds before you can do it again. The killing animations are hilarious, so killing other players is the highlight of the game, to be honest, which seems to be lacking in variety in the campaign - hence why the multiplayer could be so good!

The tutorial is short lasting, covers all the mechanics of the game and is pretty important to "play" just to make sure you know what you're doing. Why the three games weren't integrated as one, I'll never know. The tutorial speaker, however, talks incredibly slow and waits long amounts of time before going on to the next thing she needs to say - this gets annoying very fast.

I know it sounds like I am just complaining about the game - which hoenstly my review is mostly that. With that said it is not a terrible game and when on sale for 5$ I think this is one everyone should pick up. BUT PLEASE PUT THE SERVERS BACK UP DEVS. This game has gret potential and I know it can be enjoyable despite the annoyances. At its current state, however, I cannot recommend it.

+GREAT potential in multiplayer
+Funny killing animations
-Outdated graphics
-Annoying mechanics (read review)
-Servers not up in-game
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32 of 55 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Really fun, more fun with friends, as they would be like " ♥♥♥♥ you no wonder u kept quiet m8 "
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I like to kill my friends. Fun to play with friends.
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