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 (3,203 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
42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
23.9 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 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on his corpse.

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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.4 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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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Guard see umbrella in your hand
You are arrested

11/10 game of the year
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I literally stabbed George Bush in the face. Great game to play with friends, especially if they're playing as George Bush. Exceptional George Bush stabbing simulator. Would highly recommend to George Bush. I'm gonna say its a 9 out of 11. 9/11 George Bush.

George Bush.

Also shot Tony Blair with a tommy gun. Good times
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
>Be me
>Buy The Ship
>Find a server
>Guy looks at me
>I look back
>He pulls out a baseball bat
>I pull out a kukri
>He kills me
>I be sad
>I find tommy gun
>I find guy again
>He looks at me
>He pulls out a baseball bat
>I pull out a tommy gun
>I shoot him 30 times
>Guy becomes sad
This game is deep.
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16 of 19 people (84%) 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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Trouble in Terrorist Town + The Sims = The Ship

♥♥♥♥ing love it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The ship. A quite unique kind of stealth elimination game, get close to your enemies and then backstab then with a frying pan or a manequin arm.....
It is hell of alot of fun, killin people here and there without getting cought by the Police, but if u do have money u can also add the strategy in this game , why?
Well bribe the cop and kill everything u see xD .
The game is kind of hard to master but after that it is a pleasure for both eyes and mind!
Only con is : A small number of servers with enough people to play with.
But i used game tracker and i found 2,3 servers which i had loads of fun on! xD

Like the time i was takeing a sh** and got killed by Bin Laden ..... Best part : I was Bush .

11/10 would get killed by Bin Laden again while takeing a sh**
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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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51 of 91 people (56%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game, is what a game should really be: simple, effective and fun, now this game is not for everyone, especially for those who do not know what patience is. This game requires not a beefy computer, but a brain....

The Ship is a hunt and be hunted game, that means you will have a quarry to kill with other passengers in one of the many beautiful cruise ships that you can choose pre-game. You can choose a variety of weapons and come up with very creative ways to take out your prey. You can place a wallet bomb outside the room of your quarry and then BAM! there she goes. However you have keep a low profile and always watch your back, the map size depends on the cruise ship you chose, some are big maps with lots of doors and hallways while some are smaller.

You also need to rest, eat, go to the toilet and all those boring things, but dont get me wrong! Not only is this adding in a bit of realism, it also varies the game a bit my forcing you to find a toilet, have a snack or even read a book instead of going on a killing spree. You can also deposit all the money earned from killing into the bank to make sure your hard-earned cash stays safe after you die. Use this money to buy food or even clothes to look sexy and proffesional as possible when dealing out some hits!

For the maximum fun possible I recommend playing with friends you know (as in the case of most multiplayer games), but either way it can be fun if you want it to. There are alot of points I missed but those are for you to find out, go buy and play for yourself! But remember always watch your back, unless you want to feel helpless, hopeless and most of all...Dead!

I hope the developers keep this game growing! real potential!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
This game is stupid amounts of fun. It's best if you hop on with a good size group of friends. There is a bit of a learning curve on how to make the bookoo points but if you get really into it winning wont matter.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
The Ship

The Ship is a fun semi-realistic multi-player game that takes place is a semi-modern early 1910's. The game modes consist of Hunt(You have a name of another player/CPU and you must find him/her and kill them without getting arrested or killed yourself), Team Elimination(Simple; Two teams find and kill each member of the opposing team), Death-match(Kill everyone), Duel(One-on-one battle), and Team VIP(Kill the enemies teams, VIP whilst keeping yours safe). I gotta' admit it, It's a very fun multi-player game. I especially like the realism aspects such as, Thirst, blatter, colon, hunger, sleep, entertainment, loneliness, and some more(If I remember correctly). If you fail to attend to those needs, Your player will die in a unique way according to which thing you forgot to attend to. Anyway, In conclusion; The Ship is an awesome multi-player game and I for sure, suggest that you guys should try it out.


Popularity in players3/10
Weaponry variety10/10
All-round Enjoyment9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
The Ship is a game which takes the general idea of FPS Multiplayer games and puts a great twist to it, at only $10 the ship is one of the best and most fun games I have ever played. I would highly reccommend this to anyone.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
10/10 would host server if I had friends.
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14 of 24 people (58%) 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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35 of 65 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
wat dafak is going on peplos .!. <♥♥♥♥♥ :ssss

So i are back with another reform of one single multiplayer games.
dis time irts is the ship. very kewl games to play with friedns and just aohter ppl on the interwebs.
I get to known dis game from my good steam friends .L Laman and i might confess dis to the world : I frst tought this games was not that gre7
P schamlan told me about dis game and i wasnt not really'nt excistend about it. but i give it ago.
We plau end it was ♥♥♥♥ing awesome 2 Bee hornett.
Teh best is to hunting oher people an dgettin in jail or just roler player gamemodem and eat,♥♥♥♥ n ♥♥♥♥.
wen i was with the other peopgokes we had grot funs cuz we just say who who had two kill and wen we had two kill each otter we lef our arsre off cuz of ♥♥♥♥♥ we do.
Also there are also some easter eiers in dis game end my otter good steam freind G-Hunter (indeasier was maead coiuple of dayz ago) shows me dis easter and some cool ones are in there :.D
For another ♥♥♥♥ to do in game is not really much to do :(
Its just a good games for passing time and do ♥♥♥♥ with freidn and ave a giggle m8
Sooooo seven

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I was gifted this game a wee while ago by a friend. I didnt expect much as I'd never heard anyone talking about it. To be perfectly honest, I never even installed it for months. When I finally did, I never thought within 1 hour of gameplay I'd have urinated, eaten, casually murdered a few friends and butt-rushed 3 guys in a closet armed with a hoover and a shotgun. Casual!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
It's a very fun game, lose your friendships and get angry at your S.O. for being your prey or hunter!!!

Very sim-like, with needs like hunger, sleep, etc. Nobody suspects of the old lady with the cooking pot :3
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