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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Svensson ...
August Schmidt (as Josef Scholz)
Mujahid Abdul-Rashid ...
Corinne Blum ...
Tatiana Obolenskaya
Mikhail Douniyev ...
Alexei Dolnikov
Chris Murray ...
George Abbot
Dermot Robinson ...
Eileen Weisinger ...
Dick Mallon ...
Vassili Obolensky
Benny Buettner ...
Conductor #1
Jacques Moyal ...
Conductor #2
Robert Vallerga ...
David Berkson ...
Tyler Whitney
Marla Craig ...
Madame Boutarel


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.





Release Date:

1 April 1997 (USA)  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To create the "art nouveau" animation style effect the production team was looking for, all of the game's possible paths and actions (over 800 scenes) were filmed with 50 live actors wearing special makeup against a bluescreen. The footage was then input into a computer and, using a specially designed process, was processed and turned into black and white line drawings. From there, the footage was meticulously hand painted frame by frame (over 40,000 frames total) to create the final effect. See more »


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 »


[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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The best game ever!
28 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the best computer game I have ever played. It's so evocative and you really feel as though you are there in the train, observing everything and everyone! The details are so rich and accurate - I saw pictures of the actual Orient Express carriages in a book and recognised everything! The other characters are all intriguing and the possibility of unrestricted eavesdropping is fantastic. I remember deliberately hanging around Sophie and Rebecca out of a sordid desire to find out all the ins-and-outs of their relationship! And the others were all so well-rounded and complex even though they slotted into what might appear to be clichéd roles such as the Russian anarchist, the doomed Tatiana, enigmatic Anna the Serbian terrorists and the smug little French family heading to Abadan. Oh they transcenced their stereotypes all right. In some ways I'd love to play a game that just involved listening in to a much larger trainload of characters! I have often longed to find a game in a similar style but covering a different set of circumstances - the search has been in vain. "Titanic-Adventure out of Time" makes a fair stab at it but it is flawed compared to "The Last Express".

Anyway thank goodness I bought this game when it was available all those years ago and that I still possess it and the box it came in. I also sent off for the official guide which is a good thick book full of valuable extra information and pictures. I wouldn't sell either for any money!

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