The Last Express (1997)

Video Game  -  Adventure | Drama | Mystery  -  1 April 1997 (USA)
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1914: Innocent fugitive Robert Cath boards the Orient Express three days before the outbreak of WW1 and must stay alive until "the end of the line".

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David Svensson ...
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Mujahid Abdul-Rashid ...
Corinne Blum ...
Tatiana Obolenskaya
Mikhail Douniyev ...
Alexei Dolnikov
Chris Murray ...
George Abbot
Dermot Robinson ...
Milos
Eileen Weisinger ...
Vesna
Dick Mallon ...
Vassili Obolensky
Nkechi Emeruwa ...
Kahina
Benny Buettner ...
Conductor #1
Jacques Moyal ...
Conductor #2
Robert Vallerga ...
Trainmaster
David Berkson ...
Tyler Whitney
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The year is 1914. Robert Cath, an American Doctor, becomes a fugitive from the law while in Ireland for a murder he did not commit. He flees to Paris, France, and at the invitation of an old friend, Tyler Whitney, arranges to board the famous Orient Express just days before World War I breaks out. Arriving late, boarding the train by jumping from a speeding motorcycle, he discovers Tyler brutally murdered in his compartment. As no one on board knows either of them, Cath assumes Tyler's identity and sets out to find the killer. What he discovers is that everyone on board has secrets that plunge him into a maelstrom of Treachery, Romance, and International Intrigue. Written by Greenie123

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A clue in every car. A stranger in every seat. Danger at every destination.


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1 April 1997 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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The game took four years to create. See more »

Goofs

When Cath disconnects the two cars (while talking to August Schmidt), he uses a crowbar and drops it as the couplers release. In the next shot the crowbar is back in his hands. See more »

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[first lines]
Conductor #2: Ladies and Gentlemen, your attention please. The Orient Express is now departing for Strassburg, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia, and Constantinople. All passengers should be on board.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll on the right side of the screen, on the left side is a map of Europe, which, over the course of the credits, shows the year-by-year progression of political borders from 1914 to 1994. See more »

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My favourite game of all time
3 January 2008 | by (Boston, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

This game had a hard time being widely accepted, as it came out at a time when the gaming industry was hyping cutting edge graphics, and more thoughtful (but less graphically exciting) games like this were basically ignored.

This is a beautifully crafted game that takes the player back in time to an earlier era. The story takes place in the last days before the Great War changed the face of Europe forever. You are a rogue American adventurer named Robert Cath, and all the action takes place aboard the Orient Express on its final trip from Paris to Constantinople (modern day Istanbul).

Players will first notice that the game uses a sort of stop-motion comic-book style of animation. This is the game's only serious hurdle. Some folks dislike it, others don't mind it at all. I thought it added to the game, as the Art Nouveau style of the graphics lent the requisite old-fashioned air to a game set in Europe in the early years of the 20th Century. Had it been made using a more modern style, I feel it would have lost something. As it is, the visual choice that the developers made seems perfect for the period and serve to draw you deeper into the story.

Another choice the developers made was to make all the game action take place in real time. Again, this choice may be disliked by players who want fast-paced excitement all the time. At certain periods you have time to just drink in the atmosphere of Europe on the brink of war. This is part of the game's allure. It's a game for people who like to change into a robe on a winter's evening, set a roaring fire in the fireplace and curl up in an overstuffed armchair with a well-written historical novel.

The game presents players with a traditional adventure story, and a rich and deeply involving one at that. The action starts in a Paris train station, and you are soon aboard the Orient Express. As you board the train you have no idea what the next 48 hours will bring, but you will be called on to perform deeds that will determine the very future of Europe. As the story unfolds, you are torn between your allegiance to yourself and your responsibility to save Europe as it plunges into chaos. You will experience adventure, the temptation of riches, love, and tragedy as the Orient Express takes you inexorably towards your destiny.

This game is probably the best game I have ever played. I have owned it for 10 years and I've had it on my hard drive all of that time. In terms of atmosphere and story it is unmatched. I am not ashamed to say that it is the only game I've ever played that has made me weep for the characters. Emotionally engaging, deep and ultimately unforgettable, for me this is the perfect game.


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