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: Mostly Positive (398 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 20, 2006
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December 17

Single Player being removed from Steam Store - please read

Hi everyone,

A number of users reported an issue running the Single Player as a standalone game (without multiplayer). Valve have looked into the issue and we've both concluded there's nothing we can do to resolve it within the constraints of our licence.

So, we've decided to remove the Single Player from the Steam store permanently and everyone who has purchased the Single Player will be able to claim a free copy of the Complete Package, which includes Single and Multiplayer.

We've emailed Valve just now to make all this happen, so there's a chance you won't see this (the community hub will be removed as well), so it will be cross-posted on the main Ship forums. With any luck this change will be in place this week.

Again, apologies for the inconvenience for the situation.

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October 30

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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!

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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
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
The Ship: Murder Party is a first-person shooter PC game developed by Outerlight using Valve Software's Source engine. The game was released on July 11, 2006, on Steam .A playable concept for The Ship was released as a modification for the game Half-Life in 2004.

Story: A mysterious man named Mr. X has handed out free tickets for his luxury cruise. Little did the passengers know they were falling into his devious trap. All the passengers are required to track down and murder another passenger. If a passenger chooses not to do so, Mr. X will kill him or her.
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Graphics: The Game is released on 2006 so the grahpics are old but look okey


you also have to keep track of your character health, hunger, thirst, hygene, there is lots of stuff to use as weapons and cloths.


The Multiplayer is dead , no one play more the Multiplayer
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I got this game for $1 on bundlestars - it also came with the tutorial and multiplayer components (install separately). Considering the replayability, I think it is well-worth the price. I have played a game mode on Garry's Mod that was roughly similar to this game (one or two people are "killers," and have to kill their targets while avoiding capture from a "detective(s)." Clues are sometimes given on the identity of the killer). The Ship has SOME elements from that popular game mod, however, do not expect the same game.

If you like maintaining "needs" (like in The Sims series), Clue-style gameplay, hunting for your targets while avoiding witnesses, and (sometimes) random violence, then you should like The Ship.

The aesthetics are good - there is enough detail in the scenery and different rooms to make the game world appear crisp and polished. The character models are a bit dated, however, the numerous outfits (clothes, hats, eyewear) and weapons add enough variety to keep things interesting. There isn't any music, but the weapon and other in-game sounds are decent.

The controls are simple and typical of an FPS. The learning curve is minimal to moderate - the most challenging part of the game will probably be balancing the maintenance of your "needs" while also searching for your targets. It takes a bit of time to get used to the layout of the Ship, however, once you do this, orienting yourself and quickly locating your targets will become considerably easier.

The tutorial is pretty quick and very helpful in familiarizing yourself with the gameplay mechanics - recommend trying it out first.

I was expecting the singleplayer component of The Ship to simply be any of the multiplayer game modes (deathmatch, hunt, survival, etc) with bots in place of real human opponents, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find an actual "story" mode instead. The story is basic - passengers on a cruise ship are tasked with killing their targets for money, with the "winner(s)" being allowed to leave when the competition is over (aka Hunger Games/Battle Royale on a ship). The missions have a fair amount of variety - it is not simply "kill x," "kill y," however, most of the missions will still require you to kill a target.

The elevators provide a much quicker route to the different decks of the ship. There are stores where you can purchase different outfits/hats/etc. Many of the rooms are lootable with random items (especially weapons).

To manage your "needs," you can do things like eat/drink consumables (which can be purchased from vending machines), use the bathroom, wash your hands/shower, sleep on beds/couches/chairs, talk to NPCs, and read books. The feedback is very good, the HUD will always show the needs that require the most immediate attention, and you can press "N" to view all of your needs. When you do relevant things, an up or down arrow will be shown next to the need(s) that your action is affecting.

A green eye icon will let you know when there are no witnesses to your actions. Red icons or camera icons will indicate that witnesses are nearby or that you are in a camera's radius. Taking out a weapon and/or killing someone while you are visible will cause you to be arrested (and jailed). While in jail, you must wait for a certain amount of time before you can continue playing - you also lose a percentage of your money depending on your charges. During your jail time, this is a good time to attend to your needs (you can eat by interacting with the benches).

Scoring is based on the money you have in your bank account. It is recommended that you periodically depost your money in order to protect it, however, be sure to keep a few hundred dollars to pay for things like food/drinks in the vending machine (when you can't find any while looting) or even outfits at the stores.

During my playthroughs, I noticed that you will sometimes see the AI killing their targets - you can kill non-targets, however, you will not be paid any money. You can also check the weapons list for bonus money rewards based on different weapons you use to kill your targets.

The singleplayer is fun, however, you should definitely take the time to try out the multiplayer component - if you can play with some friends, it will be especially fun.

If you like murdering victims while trying to remain anonymous, give this game a try.


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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Game is fine! BUT multiplayer is dead :(
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The Ship is interesting proposition of well developped FPS with interesting idea of how to put some crime and suspense in virtual world. The game is focused on a multiplayer but with decent single player mode (short though).
It's worth to start with the tutorial though.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This is one great game for some reasons like:
1)Only 10 euro.
2)great graphics
3)cool missions
4)it's not too long, or too short.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Love the Source Engine! Works well!

-Definately get this if it goes on sale! - Full Price? Maybe!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
i got to kill npcs on the titanic 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Nice idea but too easy and way too short. A very linear game, with an idea like this the makers should really explore all the possibilities. As it is it feels sort of unfinished.
But all in all, the game is quite nice entertaining for what it is. I guess the multiplayer offers much more action.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game was really fun to play. There are 10 chapters, and of them, only 2 were challenging. The graphics were not the best, but it did make the game easy on your computer. I was able to run it perfectly fine, and I have a pretty bad computer overall. The game is fun if you can get a basic layout of the ship early enough so that you can collect firearms easily. Bombs, on the other hand, are somewhat hard to come by.

Overall this game is pretty fun, But it's best bought with the multiplayer version as well. Its really only around 3-4 hours of gameplay if you take it somewhat slow-ish. 8/10 game, would recommend to friends
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This is the coolest game ever. i could play it for days. and i plan to
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
So there was this girl stalking me with a claymore in her hand then i get arrested because i took out a syringe...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
everytime i try to play this it goes throught the intro sounds... but then quits it and says "the ship is recquired to run mods"
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
-In the middle of a mission-
-Person who's job is to kill me is injuring me with a crowbar-
-I attack him back with a fire axe-
-I get arrested-
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
the ship aaint woken so i dont know what i think obout it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
It's okay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
♥♥♥♥ myself, peed myself, did not wash my hands, died.

12/10 IGN
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
The Singleplayer version of the ship focuses on the storyline of what the game is solemly about.
Much like the multiplayer version, you still have the basic needs system and can find weapons and clothing around the ship.
Unlike the MP version, there is the more in-depth storyline. You will meet characters that do not appear in the MP.
While it is worth playing once, it isn't worth coming back unless you really enjoyed the game. If you liked the MP, this will be at the least, an interesting insight into a more solo play of the Ship.
The game sets itself in 10 chapters. If you die or fail a mission, you will have to restart the whole chapter. Each chapter can take around 10-15 mins, so overall the game can be completed really quick. On the otherhand, some chapters can prove very hard and unfair, so expect to fail atleast once and have to redo a whole chapter.

I would recommend this game but only for once, as there's not much to come back for.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The Ship MP is a really cool concept and generally well-executed. The single player campaign is mostly just frustrating. It strays from the concept of the multiplayer and instead gives retrieval objectives that are usually hindered by an enemy ambush. I am probably just really bad at playing it, but I thought the controls were ill-suited to the task of defending yourself against an AI that knows you're coming. The checkpoint system is a lesser gripe, but it always starts you at the very beginning of an objective, which I found it makes continuing after failure very discouraging.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
There are so many ways this game ♥♥♥♥s up I feel like I'd waste way too much time delving into all of them so I'll label the main ones I found in my brief 2 hour playthrough before uninstalling this game and wishing I had never witnessed such garbage.
#1. Reading a book is a life necesity. seriously, you need to go through about 10 books an hour to LIVE. I go through maybe 10 books a year and I am indeed alive.
#2. In the game there's a security camera system called the "Eye of doom" (dumbest name ever by the way) and it makes so whenever you get caught wielding a weapon in public you get arrested (see #3 for my rant on being arrested). This sounds like a cool system and all to add some stealth and timing to the game but here are a few things that pass for "weapons" aboard the Ship: A sewing needle, a ball of yarn, a syringe, a mannequin arm, a pot, a fire extinguisher, a knife (my issue with this one is that it's a steak knife and you're on a rather fancy ship so these are distributed quite often whenever someone orders a dinner that requires a knife).
#3. what is your grand punishment for getting caught with one of these deadly balls of yarn? THIRTY SECONDS IN JAIL! No joke, 30 seconds and a little fine. Also, the main premise of the game is that the ship is owned by a man who hired all these people on his private ship and then told the passengers to kill one another to escape the ship... if that's the case, then WHY THE HELL DO YOU GET ARRESTED IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?! If this game is about murdering others, and the man who's making you murder others controls this ship and all the crew aboard, then WHY DO YOU GET ARRESTED FOR DOING WHAT YOU'RE TOLD?!? This little logic loop here confuses me to this day.
#4. when you get hungry, you eat, when you eat, you have to poop (near instantly by the way), when you have to poop you run to a bathroom and poop, when you run to a bathroom and poop you lower your hygiene, when you lower your hygiene you have to shower, when you have to shower, there is only ONE available shower and it's on the bottom floor of the ship way out of the way of any objectives meaning you have to run all the way down there and shower. And after you've done all that walking.... YOU'RE HUNGRY AGAIN!!! This makes progressing really hard.
#5. If you don't shower every 10 minutes, you get a deadly disease and die. I can personaly tell you from going a week without a shower (I was camping, don't judge) that you can live.
#6. The voice work is just.... bad....
#7. When you kill someone, they ragdoll and fly 50 feet.
#8. There is this song in the brig that annoys me so much. Whenever you go to jail you have to hear it. It's almost like that's the real punishment for being caught by the "Eye of Doom"
#9. The game has a seperate game just for the tutorial.
#10. It's just a bad game (that and I wanted to end my list on an even number.)

Please save yourself some money and never buy this game.
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