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Ship Simulator is a vehicle simulation computer game which simulates maneuvering various ships in different environments, although without the effects of wind and current. It was developed by Dutch company VSTEP and released by the Former Company Lighthouse Interactive, which closed down in 2009.

Ship Simulator 2006

The first version of Ship Simulator was released in 2005 and was titled Ship Simulator 2006. The user can steer various ships, amongst others a Rotterdam water taxi, a container ship and even the Titanic, in various weather conditions and in 3 real life harbours, which are Rotterdam, Hamburg and Phi Phi Islands in Thailand. A game element is added to the simulation by means of 40 "missions" which have to be completed as fast or as accurately as possible.[1] Users can also design their own missions, and share with others.[2]

Playable ship types

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The game has a built-in scenario editor to create new missions.

Ship Simulator 2006 Add-On

The Official Ship Simulator 2006 Add-On was released in February 2007. This is an expansion pack with 6 additional ships and extra features such as ship walk-throughs:

Ship Simulator 2008

Ship Simulator 2008 released in July 2007 in Germany and the UK contains 7 ports and 8 open sea environments. This version also features waves, weather, day/night time transitions, damage to vessels, and new boats and ships. The six new ships include a supertanker, a Solent ferry, large ocean ferry, a new patrol boat and tugs. There is also a Ship Simulator Professional V2.0[4] The Titanic has also undergone some minor changes for example the Second Class stairwell and the stern section are visitable, as well and the original ships have been updated. Free add-ons will be reportedly be available, including a hovercraft, jetski, barge, improved physics and possibly another environment.

Ports

Open Sea Environments

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Ships

List of ships in Ship Simulator 2008:[6]

Downloadable Ships - Shipyard

  • Agile Solution - Multi-purpose freighter.
  • Elbe - A historical tugboat. meant for use by Smit, a salvage company. later converted to the greenpeace vessel MV Greenpeace.
  • S.S. Furie - The last operating steam powered seagoing tugboat in the Netherlands.
  • Jumbo Javelin - A Large Heavy Lift vessel operated by Jumbo Shipping.
  • Ocean Star - Cruise liner.
  • Selsey II - Small container ship.
  • Selsey I - Sailing yacht.
  • Selsey III - Bulk Ship, similar to the VLCC Latitude.
  • Watchenhaven III - an inland container ship
  • Flying Cloud - classic sailing ship
  • RMS Titanic - (Minor changes from the SS2006 version).

The Shipyard. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25. </ref>

Ship Simulator 2008 New Horizons

An official expansion for Ship Simulator 2008 titled Ship Simulator 2008 New Horizons was released in April, 2008. The add-on features 8 new ships, the addition of multiplayer functionality, a new sailing area (Padstow,Cornwall), 20 new missions, in game downloading of new missions, option to connect and disconnect barges to the pushboat in-game, and new walkthrough options.[4]

Ships Added

  • MV Agile Solution
  • Bugsier 2
  • Herkules Atlas
  • Igor K.
  • Marbella Delight
  • Northern Star
  • MS Ocean Star
  • Portoferrario Angel

Ship Simulator Extremes

Ship Simulator Extremes is the name of the latest installment in the Ship Simulator series. It was released on August 27, 2010.[8]

Additions to the game include new locations (including Antarctica and Bora Bora) as well as new ships (including official licensed Greenpeace vessels) and new dynamic weather and water systems. Following a campaign by members of their growing fanbase, Vstep agreed to include the ports of Dover and Calais (in one environment).[9]

Peripherals

A "ship control unit", designed specifically for Ship Simulator and enabling more realistic steering, was released in 2006 by Wilco Publishing.[10] P.I. Engineering have announced ShipDriver a marine simulation controller based on their RailDriver Train Controller for Auran's Trainz and Microsoft's Train Simulator. Ship Driver is due for release in autumn 2010.[11]

Critical reception

Ship Simulator has been criticised for limitations in the replication of realistic controls and the lack of open architecture preventing users from creating their own vehicles and voyages.[12] "Slow and mundane gameplay"[13] and bugs have also been cited.[14] Reviewers did comment that the game is challenging[15] and that it has educational value.[16]

See also

External links

References

  1. Ship Simulator 2006 - Review - play.tm. play.tm. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  2. Ship Simulator 2006 is a revolutionary new game that puts players at the helm. games.softpedia.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  3. "Ship Simulator" Review (PC) - A Ship Simulation Game Review. about.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ship Simulator 2008 - Gameplay. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  5. Ship Simulator 2008 - Environments. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  6. Ship Simulator 2008 - Ships. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  7. ShipSim.com - Ship Simulator Extremes. shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2010-05-27.
  8. Ship Simulator official website!. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2010-05-18.
  9. Paradox Interactive announces Ship Simulator Extremes!. www.shipsim.com. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  10. Wilco Publishing - Ship Control Unit. www.wilcopub.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  11. ShipDriver - Desktop Ship Controller. www.raildriver.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  12. Ship Simulator 2008 Review - Eurogamer - Games Reviews, News and More. www.eurogamer.net. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  13. Ship Simulator (PC) Review at GamingExcellence. www.gamingexcellence.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  14. Ship Simulator 2008 Review, gameSlave. www.gameslave.co.uk. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  15. Ship Simulator Review Videos - G4tv.com. g4tv.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
  16. Ship Simulator 2006 (pc: 2006): Reviews. www.metacritic.com. Retrieved on 2009-01-25.
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