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The enduring legacy of the Titanic disaster continues to inspire popular culture to this day. In 1996, Cyberflix Incorporated decided that PC gamers would like the opportunity to look around a virtual recreation of the ship. CD-ROM technology was new and exciting and many companies took advantage of the format to store large multimedia files that would have been impossible to store on the outdated magnetic media that came before. While looking around the doomed ship and talking to its crew and passengers is fun and even educational, Titanic: Adventure Out of Time also gives you the opportunity to play a whole adventure game based around the luxury liner and it’s ill fated maiden voyage. Perhaps you can go back in time and change the fate of the ship, saving lives and thus preventing James Cameron from ever making the Titanic movie? Surely that has to be worth a shot? (Yes we were kidding, we love the adventures of Jack and Rose really).
Titanic uses a 16 bit installation program, meaning that it won’t install on 64 bit versions of Windows at all. To help with this problem, we’ve prepared a replacement installer that will copy over the required files from the CD-ROM. The installer will also set up the required registry keys, install the very latest patches and configure the game for optimal settings. Since the games configuration utility is 16 bit only too, there is no way to change these options other than manually setting some registry keys, which our installer takes care of.
32 bit Windows users can use the installer on the CD, but may still prefer to use our updated installer since the original installer seems to want to overwrite various DirectX files that shouldn’t normally be tampered with.
You can download the replacement installer here (link broken? Let me know here). Note that there are several versions of Titanic: Adventure Out of Time. If the installer does not work for your version, please leave a comment and let us know, leaving as much detail about your copy of the game as you can.
Playing the game
On many systems, the game should now run and play correctly. Titanic is a very old game however and before you sink any time into playing it you should check that everything is running correctly. One of the easiest ways to do this is to go into Tour mode and approach your steward at the door to your cabin. The image should look like the one shown below (click the image to see a bigger version):-
If your image looks like the one above, you can start your adventure. If there are strange colours (for instance a streak of black over the stewards shirt) then proceed to the troubleshooting section.
If you have problems getting the game to run correctly, if half the display is cut off or the games colours appear incorrectly, try any or all of the following options:-
Make sure that any program which sends pop-up notifications is disabled. This includes e-mail, social networking, IM programs or anything that pops up a message on the screen.
Install the game with our custom installer and use the “Titanic – Adventure out of Time (Alt launch method)” shortcut to start the game. This will shut down Windows Explorer completely before starting the game, which often cures the strange colours problem.
Use the compatibility mode settings and turn on the following options. You may need to try different combinations of options depending on your system:-
Run in 256 colours (or Reduced colour mode)
Run in 640×480 resolution
Disable visual themes
Do not use the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” option, as that may stop the game working altogether.
Finally, some users have reported that using a CD emulation tool such as Daemon Tools or Alcohol 52% and mounting both the games CD images before starting to play actually improves compatibility. See the notes below for more information on this.
Other notes for a smoother voyage
The game requires you to insert the second CD-ROM shortly after starting it. If you have two optical drives, you can put the second CD-ROM in your second optical drive and run the game without any disc swapping. Advanced users can also make CD images from their game discs and use a CD emulation tool like Alcohol 52% or Daemon Tools to play the game. On some systems, doing this seems to improve compatibility. If you have never used a CD emulation tool before, see these tutorials on how to set up and use the free CD/DVD emulation suite Alcohol 52%.
You can download additional files for the Titanic tour by visiting this page.
There is a dedicated fan-blog for the game that you can set sail for by clicking this link. Here you will find tips, walkthroughs, cheats and other media and that’s just the tip of the iceberg (sorry, couldn’t resist).