Here’s some irrelevant knowledge that you may or may not know about the game. You may not care or even want to know what’s in this section but for those of you that are curious enough to venture here it’s a collection of the little things that I’ve picked up and have learned from other sources and it’s just something extra to add to the blog.
1. Zeitel has two beds in his cabin.
I noticed this when I was trapped in his cabin with the bomb. It’s not as if single bedroom accomodation wasn’t available as Smethells tells us that there are only 2,200 passengers on board at the beginning of the game. That doesn’t make the Titanic very full at all. We also see that our character ‘Carlson’ has a single berth room firther down the corridor so we definately know that they exist. Willi has a separate room on B deck that unfortunately you can never enter, although the Purser gives out his cabin number as if you can. Whatever the bizarre reason, I can’t seem to get fathom it out. Why Cyberflix, why?
2. Frank Carlson was a real passenger.
Yes, the character you play was based on a real life first class passenger. If you ever get to read the book ‘Titanic’ by Leo Marriott (ISBN: 1-85648-433-5), turn to page 131 to see a list of the deaths of first class passengers (official document from the sinking) and he is listed as ‘Suppossed Drowned’. Yet he didn’t die. Apparently he had car trouble in Cherbourg and missed the ship. There is quite a lot of debate over our Mr Frank Carlson which can be viewed on this forum at the encyclopedia titanica.
3. Sasha’s stateroom painting ends up in your apartment
Somehow I thought that the only artefact saved from the sinking ship was the painting by Adolf Hitler that became famous. It’s nothing too serious but it does raise questions to the plot. Maybe this is a cheap copy Carlson put in his room to remind him of the Titanic mission… but I somehow doubt it.
4. Unused characters
For those who have not heard about the ‘Lost Mission’ Titanic demo CD that was release I’m happy to tell you there was one (yet very rare to find now). On that CD contained a mini game involving Andrew Conkling, Penny Pringle and Charles Lambeth. It also contained the trailer and the screensaver.
For a while I had the screensaver until it felt like it was eating up my harddrive everytime it was activated and noticed some pictures appeared on it that were not in the game. A person and a location. Here I show it to you. You didn’t miss much.
Here is another character, unused. It looks as if she is wearing a life-vest and was going to be used in the sinking scenes.
5. Missing audio
The first time I noticed that Titanic – Adventure Out of Time had it own Wikipedia article I read it with great interest. I noted how that there was to be extra audio that was unused such as that as another confrontation between Zeitel and Carlson on the boat deck and you could somehow leave on the same lifeboat together. There were other instances as well. Stupidly I never saved the article and a few months later parts of the article were cut and pruned, probably either because it wasn’t true or that there was no proof. (How do they word it? Citation needed?)
Somewhere in me thinks the latter is true as no-one in their right mind would spend so much time adding the text about a long lost computer game that wasn’t true. The liars on Wikipedia are too focused on fabricating information about celebrities and changing their biographies to deal with that sort of thing.
From my basic knowledge of IT I gathered that the audio is still on the CD but stored on second CD of the game as a Pup file. From my knowledge these are not common files and you need Puppy Linux (an operating system) which looks so complicated that it will blow my brains out… not just mess with my computer system.
6. Zeitel can still leave the Titanic when all the lifeboats have left.
Most likely a programming error but one that niggles at me all the same. After 2:00am when all the lifeboats have left and you still have the boat pass for whatever reason, you can still make the deal with Zeitel to trade the painting (which he has in his possession) for the pass. After securing the deal he scarpers by magic off the ship.
If I want to make this even more complicated I can highlight the factual error that they were still launching lifeboats up until the final plop into the sea because there were two collapsable lifeboats that were stored on the ship.
7. There was a real jewel-encrusted copy of the Rubaiyat on board the Titanic.
As far as I have worked out the copy of the Rubaiyat that was in the Titanic’s hold had been sold for $2,025/£405 on March 29 (1912) at Sotherby’s auction house in London and was being shipped to New York book dealer Gabriel Wells. The book remains lost to this day, although there have been several attempts to find it.
The book was bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and I managed to track down a copy of what the jewel binding looked like.