The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games. You are invited on board The Ship by Mr X, and given the name of a player to kill. Another shipmate will also be stalking you. Can you survive The Ship?
User reviews: Very Positive (2,211 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 11, 2006

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Buy The Ship - Complete Pack

Includes 2 items: The Ship: Murder Party, The Ship: Single Player

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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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October 30

50% Off The Ship in the Steam Halloween Sale



Come on, you know this is the perfect weekend to troll your friends, you may as well do it with a well timed bomb on the toilet!

The Ship (Complete Package) comes with both multiplayer and single player games, and each purchase gives you two additional gift copies for friends, and they each get another gift copy! That's five copies in total - a great deal!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/2400

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October 13

We're really, really, really sorry...



For years now, we've sat back and watched friendships being torn apart by The Ship. We've seen your former best friend blow you up on the toilet more times than we can count. We've watched you retaliate with a mannequin’s arm. Frankly, we took great pleasure in watching the situation escalate – the purse bombs, the piranhas, the sleeping potions, the cleavers, the scalpels, the sauna and…the umbrellas…oh God, the umbrellas…the things you did with those umbrellas…

Then, one day, there was nothing. The friendships that once brought you aboard The Ship, lay broken. No doubt you soldier on in your daily life, the salty taste of your own tears a stark reminder of what once was. But it’s not the same, and we know each time you see your former friends playing other Steam games without you, the notifications hurt as much as every badly timed death on The Ship.

Unfortunately, we've gone and done something you’re not going to like. We've added trading cards to the multiplayer game. We know each one of the (admittedly, quite beautiful) cards, backgrounds, badges and emoticons will be like tiny pixelated axes chopping away at the brave facade you've been putting on. Quite literally in one case…there’s an actual tiny pixelated axe!

We’re truly sorry and offer our full support through these difficult times.

Note: Steam Trading Cards are earned by playing The Ship Multiplayer only.

Emoticons:

ːtheShipCleaverː ːtheShipCrowbarː ːtheShipFireAxeː ːtheShipGunː ːtheShipWrenchː

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Reviews

“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

Two Free Activations with Purchase

Purchase The Ship and receive two extra activations to send to your friends! Additionally, any user that receives a gift activation will be able to give one additional activation to a friend.

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.

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
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Trust me when i say the following.
This is a Very funny and fun game to Play alone or with friends.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The ship is an interesting game that has a lot to offer. If I had to describe it I would say it's like the Sims and the Assassin's creed multiplayer combined, all along with a rather interesting art style. It is like the Sims in that your character has persistent needs throughout the game that you must deal with, and along with the hunt and hunted type pvp you'll be doing means you have to balance killing your target, hiding from the person hunting you, and making sure your hygene, hunger, tiredness and other statuses are fullfilled. The game also features an ecconomy where you get money for kills and this can be spent on items or supplies to refill hunger or thrist.

Overall the game is a boat load of fun and it gets even better with friends, if you and some friends can buy this together it should keep you entertained for a while. I've not seen any downsides yet and the only one I could list is if you don't really like this type of pvp multiplayer.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Wore a kilt and killed people with a mannequin arm, also died in the shower...from dehydration.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Probably in my Top 5 favorutie Multiplayer games of all time. Hunting your friends around a cruise ship stealthily is super fun.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
One of the most underrated games on steam so far.

The game's mechanic is both easy to learn and unbelievable fun, the only downside is the low playerbase.

It's a shame..
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32 of 55 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Ok, 5 minutes of gameplay is really nothing, but I was in a bad mood, got this game from a very good friend, and after 5 minutes playing as Kim Jong-Ill, I laughed my ♥♥♥ off. This game is so ♥♥♥♥ing (sorry for the language) awesome, it's even better then "The Young ones"!

I tell you this, if you hate world leaders just as much as I do, BUY THIS GAME!!! I keep on laughing about this game, dso gimme a minute, I need to go to the toilet because I ♥♥♥♥ my pants because of the awesomeness of this game!

10/10!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The Ship is a unique blend of hilarity and tension, especially when played online with friends. It's a small install size, it has low system requirements, it can be found for cheap and buying a copy actually nets you five copies to share. Start murdering now and you won't regret it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Hunt your friends and collect steam trading cards!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
This game can be really fun when playing with a group of people. I would recommend to use TeamSpeak/Skype when playing, because the game principle gives it a very cool social aspect.
Unfortunately, the game is still pretty expensive IMHO. But just keep a lookout and grab it the next time it is on sale!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
*shoots someone in the face with a military grade rifle*
*target dies in front of guard*
*guard doesn't even bat an eye*
11/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Ever heard of that quote "Man is the most dangerous game."
Well this game proves that Man is the most dangerous game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Even though Valve has abndoned it, some people still play it! why? cus its awesome! cus you can poop, cus you can ♥♥♥♥, CUS YOU CAN SHOTGUN BLING BLING PEOPLE JUST NEAR THE GUARD AND NOT GET ARRESTED!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
A really nice game, i found it very addicting. If you like to play murder in g mod, or troubles in mineville this is the game for you!.
The only down side is you cant join a game in the actual game, you have to go through steam to do it. But so far a very good surprise.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
killed all the people on the server at once with an exploding purse, got kicked instantly - 11/10
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Add steam trading cards
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Nice game!I recomend this game!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
From my experience The Ship MP is very fun "IF" you have friends to play with as it's nearly impossible to find a game most of the time. This is by no fault of the devs as they have made a very fun game and tried every trick in the world to keep it going inclueding giving away free versions that spawn free versions but time moves on no matter what and The Ship just didn't have enough steam to keep it afloat for those of us who don't have gamer friends unfortunately. The SP mode could be fun...maybe, but I havn't tried it. Maybe I will just to see if I can recapture the time I spent playing this game when it was still just a mod.

-Positives
Great game all around

-Negatives
Dead community
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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.

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

Cons:
  • few times it is unclear how you were caught
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