Mr. Bill's Adventureland Review
Reviewed by Mr. Bill & Lela
The story begins in London in 1942 during the bombings of World War II. You are a failed British Secret Service Agent. Listening to the sounds of the bombs falling outside your apartment, you are reminded of another war, World War I, and you are haunted by the events on the R.M.S. Titanic that destroyed your career 30 years ago. Suddenly a violent blast hurls you back in time to that night so long ago. Your assignment had been to recover a stolen book, and now you have a second chance. If by some miracle you succeed this time, perhaps those horrible wars won't even happen...
This is a spy story and it's a real humdinger, with all of the classic elements that make for a great yarn: danger, suspense, interesting characters and authentic details (a painting by Adolf Hitler!), a believable plot with multiple plot threads, and many possible outcomes. It can even be replayed in different ways with different plot elements and character interaction.
But as good as the story is, it is the setting for it that makes this a truly outstanding game. For although the story is fictional, the setting is not. The story takes place smack in the middle of (and is interwoven with) a pivotal event of the 20th century: the sinking of the world's most luxurious ocean liner, the 'unsinkable' Titanic. And the ship itself has been lovingly and accurately recreated in all of its original splendor, with an amazing attention to detail... right down to such things as what kind of luggage first class passengers carried and what they ate for dinner, their dolls and phonographs, exercise equipment and steam rooms, and even what they considered important enough to ship in the luggage compartment.
The ship is fully explorable (even inside smokestacks!), with 360-degree movement from an actual passengers-eye-view, seeing what they saw. The game offers a 'Guided Tour' of the ship, and we would recommend taking it, before you begin the game, both to better admire the luxury and realism (we actually felt cold walking those decks!) and to save yourself false moves later in the story.
It is a 1st person, 3D game with more than 25 live-action video characters (employees, villains, high society), historically accurate photo-realistic graphics, excellent sound effects, and circa 1912 atmospheric music. Navigation is by use of your keyboard arrow keys, but object manipulation is simple point & click. You select from a list of topics for dialogues, and if you click directly on the character they will repeat their last statement. There is a map of the ship for jumping between locations, and certain characters can always be counted on to provide you with needed information. There is even a built-in watch to keep track of the time for you, later in the game when you will need to know.
Remember that spying is a dangerous business and save often, especially toward the end. It is an event driven game, and so starts out slowly enough as you talk to fellow passengers, gathering clues and solving puzzles. But then it slowly builds to a crescendo until, after you hit the iceberg, you have only 55 minutes to complete certain tasks and get off the ship before it sinks.
An edge-of-your-seat thriller that is set in the 'lap of luxury' of a bygone era!
Developed (1996) by Cyberflix (no longer exists) and initially published by GTE Entertainment (no longer exists). Barracuda, Inc. purchased the rights to Titanic and are both supporting and selling a hybrid PC / Mac CD-ROM Version.
Rated: T for Teen 13+ (realistic violence)
Minimum System Requirements:
GTE Entertainment Versions:
PC and Mac Versions are on separate CDs
PC: 486/66 Processor or Faster (Pentium Recommended); Windows 3.1 / 95 / NT 3.51 or Later; 8 MB RAM (16 MB RAM Recommended); Super VGA Video Card and Color Monitor; 100% Windows Compatible Sound Card; 2X CD-ROM Drive
Mac: 68040 Processor (Power PC Strongly Recommended); OS 7.1 or Higher; 16 MB RAM; Color Monitor Supporting 256 Colors; 2X CD-ROM Drive
Barracuda, Inc. Hybrid Version:
Hybrid Win / MAC CD ROM! (Hybrid means PC and MAC versions are on the same CD.)
PC: Pentium P133 MHz Processor; Windows 95 or Higher; 16 MB RAM (virtual memory of 16 MB); Super VGA Graphics Card (Local Bus Video Card Recommended) and Color Monitor; 4X CD-ROM Drive; 100% Windows Compatible Sound Card and External Speakers; Keyboard; Mouse; About 90 MB of Free Hard Drive Space for Full Installation
Mac: 68040 or Faster Processor (Power PC Strongly Recommended); OS 7.1 or Higher; 16 MB RAM; Color Monitor Supporting 256 Colors; 2X CD-ROM Drive
Where To Buy This Game:
OR: See our Places To Buy Games for other sellers around the world.
Walkthroughs or Hints: