Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores, but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading. In this instalment, we’re covering 1912: Titanic Mystery by developer Ocean Media.
1912: Titanic Mystery: (The Explanation)
Welcome aboard the Titanic II! A luxury liner ready to set course on her maiden voyage on the 100th anniversary or the original Titanic. The captain of the ship and its crew are on hand to navigate the Titanic II to complete the journey that its predecessor set out to do.
You have been invited to take a trip of a lifetime as a 1st class passenger aboard the Titanic II, the finest vessel on the ocean and fitted out with all the smallest and grandest of luxuries. You have literally been given free rein of the ship and all areas are accessible to you.
However, the pleasant luxury cruise has a rocky start as you discover a bomb threat on board the ship. You then receive a letter from a mysterious person who warns you to keep the bomb threat quiet and look for pages of a diary throughout the ship. The pages will apparently give you clues as to where the location of the bomb is.
With the plot of the game out of the way, we can explain what kind of game 1912: Titanic Mystery actually is. 1912: Titanic Mystery is a point and click adventure game that uses the right joystick to move, the ZR button to click, and touch screen controls are available as well.
You will be taken to several locations on board the Titanic II and it is up to you to find and click on a number of items that have been scattered across the scene. At each location, you are tasked with finding 10 pieces of a particular item like suitcases, flowers, butteflies, shells, etc. You will then be given an assorted list of items that you must also find. They can be literally be hidden in plain sight or disguised as part of the structure or decor of the ship.
Finally, you will be set a task to find several mystery pieces that will give you access to a minigame. These pieces are relative to the mingame but because they are sometimes broken into fragments, they can sometimes be particularly hard to spot. If you have trouble finding any of the pieces or even of the items that you had to find before, you can use a hint that comes in the form of a life belt that will highlight one of the items you are missing.
Regarding the minigames, there are about 30 in total with most of them being reasonably different from one another. However there are some that have different variants like the Chessboard minigame for example. You have to place all the queen pieces at different points of the board and each progressing stage increases the size of the board. When you beat a minigame, you will be given a page of the diary that recalls the story of a passenger that was aboard the Titanic 100 years ago.
You will ultimately solve the riddle as to who planted the bomb aboard the Titanic II and why. 1912: Titanic Mystery is one of those games that may intrigue you by name alone and entice you to embark on this voyage. Be warned though, that if you were expecting a more of a Hercule Poirot/Agatha Christie Murder mystery style game, you may not get what you are looking for here.
This is a really just a point and click adventure that will have you staring at the screen, sometimes for long periods of time, looking for things and then some minigames to break up the monotony. If you are happy with that well… Welcome Aboard!
1912: Titanic Mystery: (The Gameplay)
Developer: Ocean Media
Publisher: Ocean Media
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Adventure, Puzzle
No. of Players: 1 player
Release Date: Febuary 25, 2020 (EU & NA)
File Size: 155 GB