The Ship is a murder mystery alternative to traditional FPS multiplayer games. With each purchase, you get 2 free gift copies to send to friends, and they each get another - that's 5 in total!
User reviews: Very Positive (2,357 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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November 20

Blazing Griffin Update

A quick update on the goings-on with Blazing Griffin!

We're Growing
Our team has expanded over the past few months, with several new team members joining us.

Fans of The Ship will be excited to know that one of our new recruits is Jason Kocemba, who was Technical Director with Outerlight and worked on The Ship (including the original Half Life mod) and Bloody Good Time! :)

More info...

Distant Star: Revenant Fleet


We've also just launched alpha access to our new space RTS and we're now on Steam Greenlight. You can check out the trailer and game info over on our Greenlight page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=341433138

- Blazing Griffin

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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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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

Special Offer

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
53 of 66 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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 ♥♥♥♥ter with a knitting needle.

<3
~color
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Really fun, more fun with friends, as they would be like " ♥♥♥♥ you no wonder u kept quiet m8 "
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I like to kill my friends. Fun to play with friends.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
got motion sickness , cant go to school for a day, thank you The Ship 11/01
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Fun game to play, especially with friends
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
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 ♥♥♥♥ 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Great way to ruin all your friendships and make plenty of enemies.

Also, ♥♥♥♥ those wallet bombs.

10/10. Brilliant 3D version of Clue. Plenty of Murder. And ruined friendships.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
A very fun game with a twist. Basically Assassin's Creed + The Sims. Fair graphics for the time it was released, worth the money.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
If you have a group of friends to play this, this game is so much fun! With some FPS aspect, this game isnt that bad! I mean this game isnt really meant to be played alone on a server with some random people! Its more of a Mario Party kind of game but with some murder...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Very unique gameplay you can't really find anywhere else. Oh and throwing pans at people is fun.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I used to play this every now and then around 2009-2010, so memory might be a bit off. Imagine real-time monopoly, mixed with Hitman 47 and a little bit of Postal 2 with some sprinkles of "The Thing". Its nothing like that really, but its a great multiplayer game based on mindgaming and murdering eachother. Best played with some good friends and/or rivals

from the store page: 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.

(thats 5 copies)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
mutha ♥♥♥♥in hilarious
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Fun game ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
***GAME IS NOT DEAD***

Amazing murder mystery with cartoony graphics and animations that work very well.

The premise goes like this: A mysterious man named Mr. X has gathered all the ship passengers secretly to host his own twisted game of "manhunt". Your goal is simple: Kill a target passenger while YOU are ALSO somebody's target. If you successfully manage to kill your quarry, the weapon you used will determine what score you should be granted for that kill. Your hunter will still be looking for you however, and you should do whatever it takes to survive safely.

You have 2 options upon joining a match; become a Passenger (a passive Ship passenger) or a Hunter.

Hunters have a target passenger they need to kill out of the view of guards, witnesses, and cameras.
Passengers serve the same purpose, except they do not have a target to kill. Passengers only need to remain safe for the round.

There is also a needs system like The Sims (Eating, going to the toilet, sleeping, boredom)
and this prevents players from camping in the safety of rooms with guards, cameras, or staying near witnesses. Witnesses also have a timer in which they can only be a technical witness of a crime for a short time, and will walk by you, traversing the rest of The Ship. Witnesses are also AI controlled, and the other AI in the multiplayer seems to be pretty smart/sneaky sometimes.

On top of that, there are certain "sweet spots" players that have guns might still be able to use to pick off their prey from a safe distance.

TONS of different weapons and some wacky weapons that each grant different money rewards, and money is your score in multiplayer.

LOTS OF GAME MODES OTHER THAN THE CLASSIC 'HUNT'. TEST THEM OUT AND HAVE FUN! (I recommend World Leaders mode for playing LAN)

Amazingly fun and fresh game, and you can still play The Ship multiplayer alone with bots, so even if people say the game is dead (it really isn't) you can easily crank out 100+ hours playing with bots + the singeplayer story is actually very fun imho.

10/10


**TO PLAY ONLINE SELECT "VIEW" ON THE TOP LEFT OF YOUR STEAM CLIENT, THEN SERVERS, THEN FILTER FOR THE SHIP**
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game is not given enough credit, partially due to the lack of online multiplayer. LAN multiplayer is, however, surprisingly fun. There are some issues with the bots and certain gameplay modes causing the game to crash, but the main Deathmatch-like mode is fine on most maps. I recommend playing this with more than two players, though, as that gets old after a while.
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