Step aboard the 1914 Orient Express in this award-winning mystery adventure from Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner. Described as one of the best adventure games of all time, The Last Express is an intrigue-filled adventure set aboard the luxurious Orient Express.
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Very Positive (135 reviews) - 83% of the 135 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 1997

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Reviews

“A mix of Indiana Jones and Alfred Hitchcock... A winner.”
CNN

“Exquisite design and a literary story... A trilling ride.”
Newsweek

“Intelligent writing, complex characters, unpredictable plot twists and some of the most convincing voice acting ever heard in a game... Remains intriguing all the way to the spectacular ending.”
Gamespot

Feature List

• 20+ hours of game play: interact with 30+ characters, move in real-time and converse with them
• Your actions affect other characters’ behavior, making every play-through different
• Rewind feature allows you to back up and choose a different course of action

NEW “GOLD EDITION” FEATURES:
• Advanced hint system
• New more intuitive UI & improved inventory
• Challenging achievements to test your sleuthing skills
• Cloud Saving (Steam)
• In-game bonuses (unlock characters biographies and more)

About This Game

Step aboard the 1914 Orient Express in this award-winning mystery adventure from Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner.

Described as one of the best adventure games of all time, The Last Express is an intrigue-filled adventure set aboard the luxurious Orient Express. In July 1914, on the eve of World War I, as the train departs on its final journey from Paris to Constantinople, the player steps into the shoes of Robert Cath, an American doctor with a mysterious past. A fugitive from French police, Cath boards the train in answer to an urgent telegram from his best friend – and plunges into a maelstrom of conspiracy, romance and murder.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Very Positive (135 reviews)
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gappin
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The Last Express is a great game and getting the right edition is the challenge.

This edition (as other experts (not me) have mentioned) has been changed a bit - in terms of UI, hints, movies, and game art.

If you want a more challenging and subtle experience, grab it a gog - no hints and an unobtrusive UI.

But, either way, get the game.
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NeoTM
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
This classic and heavily stylized point-and-click adventure game is just as exciting as it was back in 1997. With the new features in the update and the inclusion of Steam Support, The Last Express is still a fresh and unique experience for modern gamers.
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heybabyxxx
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
I haven't played the original game, so I can't compare it with the Gold Edition. I've read people saying that the game was dumbed-down, but it still can be hard. Even after reading all the documents and eavesdropping on several characters, at some points it's difficult to figure out what you have to do, so I had to use a walkthrough on the few times I was stuck.

This is a point and click adventure, but very different from the classic mold by LucasArts. You move around Myst style, but it's on real time, so you have to perform all the required tasks running against the clock. If you fail (and there are several bad endings), you can rewind and try again. Sometimes, you have to backtrack quite a lot.

I liked the graphics and rotoscope animations. The writing and the actors are also very good. Felt a little claustrophobic to be on the train the whole game, but the set is peopled with several interesting characters, even if they're not really important to the plot, like the lesbian couple, the family with the kid and the eunuch with the harem.

Aside from exploration and solving of puzzles (not really difficult; the inventory is very small), there are several fights, in which you have to be quick to dodge and attack; the last one of these was really hard, I think I had to play it about 30 times to advance! (Catching the beetle was also a pain.)

It was an interesting game, but not the most exciting or unforgettable I ever played. I finished it in a little over 8 hours, with 2 of the 15 achievements left. I recommend it with caution, because I think it's not everybody's cup of tea.
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-=LCS=- Arab_Guy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22
Great dialogue, plot, and acting. Fun and original mystery puzzle game.
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xmaster13ag
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Good classic quest in real time. IN REAL TIME!

8/10
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cpm4001
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
I think this may well be the greatest game ever made. Yes, the controls are clunky as all get out. Yes, for people used to today's games the ultra-high-tech-for-1997-digital-rotoscoping technique looks extremely antiquated. Yes, you're dropped into the game with no idea what to do, and you're going to fail. A lot. But at the same time "The Last Express" includes:

* Probably the best-developed characters in any adventure game I've yet played (the weakest is arguably Robert Cath, who the player controls, but even he has an intriguing and irritatingly-largely-unrevealed-due-to-lack-of-a-sequel backstory). By the end of the game you know what they want and what makes most of them tick, and since certain bad things are more or less guaranteed to happen to a number of them the result is the equivalent of an emotional shovel to the face.

* An excellent plot. Your friend/comrade-in-arms Tyler Whitney has been murdered, on the Orient Express, on July 24th, 1914. Except...there's no Hercule Poirot to solve the murder for you, and in fact if you were even to tell people there's been a murder they'd arrest you. So you have to lob Tyler's body off the train, bluff it out, and figure out why and how your friend died, and how the intertwined relationships between all the other characters on the train fit into this crime. Admittedly, in my opinion there was a bit too much Indiana Jones and not quite enough Alfred Hitchcock (to use previously-used terms) at the very end, but otherwise it was fine. Even the romance (come on, you weren't expecting there NOT to be a romance, were you?) actually fits quite nicely into the story, and may or may not contribute to the afore-mentioned emotional shovel to the face when you finally reach Constantinople.

* The sort of atmosphere you don't get in ordinary adventure games. As "The Last Express" takes place on the Orient Express, you only really get 7 locations in the entire game, and you'll feel like you're on a train where there isn't that much space (chances are you'll find yourself ducking out of the way of conductors in the corridors of the sleeping cars, for instance.) But despite that, each section of the train is so well detailed that if there isn't that much to explore, well, it doesn't matter; I'm just going to sit down on this comfy chair in the Smoking Car and have a cigarette...oh, wait, it's not real. Also, it's July 24th when the game starts, and both because of historical knowledge and what happens in-game you can feel that World War I is quite literally within hours of blowing up. This greatly adds to the tension, even though what you do on the train really in no way affects the things about to happen in the greater world.

* Extremely engaging gameplay, despite the fact that there are only about two 'conventional' puzzles in the game. You'd think that sitting in the back of a dining car listening in on what a German arms dealer, a French family, and a Russian count and his granddaughter are saying would be boring. You'd be wrong. The fact that the game runs on a real-time fast clock, and that the other characters on the train will see to their own affairs whether or not you're around, also helps make gameplay fun: you want to hear what those conductors are saying down at the end of the corridor, but Anna Wolff just went into the dining car, and you want to hear what she has to say to Herr Schmidt, and you can't be everywhere at once...this also increases replayability, as maybe that next playthrough (which will happen) you go eavesdrop on the conductors instead, which might have consequences going forward. And when you fail, you can just rewind the clock to when you think you went wrong and try again.

The only drawback I can note is that I gather that this particular edition introduces some bugs in terms of certain sound loops that don't play. While I never played the original, I noticed this absence on my own and found it a bit immersion-breaking; my understanding is, however, that versions available elsewhere resolve this issue.

So, in conclusion: regardless of where you might get it, The Last Express gets a score of 15/10. I've got a one-way ticket to Constantinople in my pocket, and I'm going to get this train through no matter what. And no, Anna, I wasn't planning on STOPPING in Belgrade!
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Grestorn
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 5, 2015
One of my all time favourite games. I love how you interact with the story.

In no other game the player is pulled into the reality of the story without bending the reality around the player, like almost all other games are doing it.

And the historic background makes this game even more intriguing and emotionally involving.

Thanks, Jordan!
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Baphomet
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
The Last Express is an adventurous take on the adventure game genre that stars an American doctor caught in a web of intrigue woven by the passengers on a train from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul). Along your way you will uncover the mystery surrounding a mysterious telegram from an old friend in need of your help.

Gameplay of TLE resembles that of older graphical ZORK games in that you are almost entirely in a first person perspective as you move about the train and interact with its various people and compartments. An interesting point of note is that the entire game runs in real time, meaning that if you take too long exploring a certain segment or interacting with a particular person, you could miss an important event or possibly even die. Regarding that, there are A LOT of ways to “end” this game (die) depending on the choices you make as you go along. Thankfully the game also allows you to “rewind” to a previous scene or train stop so that you can make the necessary corrections in order to continue

As far as this “remake” of TLE goes, I feel like they could have expanded on the character animations a bit. A lot of the story scenes play out like old films with 3/4ths of the frames cut out, with exception to the action scenes where you have to click precisely during slightly smoother animation. The navigation shortcuts of double-clicking were entirely unnecessary and only added the timing-related headaches in the game. I also felt a bit claustrophobic in certain parts of the train as the navigation is not very clear and objects that you think you would be able to look at, or get closer to, cannot always be reached.

One thing I really liked about The Last express was all the little historical details sprinkled about in newspaper articles and conversations. The voice acting was also very good and hearing people conversing in various languages added a nice bit of realism (as opposed to just giving everyone goofy accents in English). Although the playtime is not particularly long (I spent about 8 hours) this game typically goes on sale for around $3 making it a great addition to any adventure gamer’s library.
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e3mc
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2015
difficult game graphics are really great considering the year of release all in solid game
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Mirus
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 11, 2015
The Last Express is one of the great swan songs of adventure games in the late 1990s when the genre was facing decline due to the rise of online gaming and other genres rising in popularity. Created by Jordan Mechner, of Prince of Persia and Karateka fame, The Last Express is set in 1914, during the final journey of the cross-continental Orient Express. The player is Robert Cath, an American doctor and occultist, who hitches an incognito ride in the Express alongside his friend Tyler Whitney. However, when you find friend murdered, you impersonate him try to survive the journey while playing all ends towards the middle to solve the mystery.

The game is reminiscent in its mechanics to Myst, in the sense that the player moves around scene-by-scene, navigating via mouse-over arrows. However, one hallmark of the Last Express is that it is real-time. The time actually passes in the game whether you act or not. Therefore, if there's something you're suppose to do but don't, you'll see the consequences. This feature keeps the player constantly on her/his toes, prompting you to explore, eavesdrop, examine.

Graphics consist of real-life photography, rotoscoped in the style of Art Nouveau. Aside from a few occasions of fluid action, the game plays at visible framerate. The surroundings are from an actual Orient Express train car as well, lending an air of authenticity.

Voice-acting and music score is quite astounding. Having played the game when it was first lauched in 1997, I've noticed in a recent playthrough how much I could still remember from the dialogues after more than 15 years.

The plot of the game, in my opinion, still remains one of the best even when compared with the storytelling benchmark set by developers like Telltale. The year is 1914 and the entire Europe is an armed camp waiting for spark. The train is full of the European high society of the time, which were after all whom the Orient Express caters to. Russian aristocrats, French socialites, a German businessman, an Austrian artist, as well as Serbian soldiers present a microcosm of the European society across various nations and classes therein. The player should tread between all these potentially dangerous people to reach Constantinople as well as to uncover the murderer of his friend. Dialogues are well-written, plot is well-developed and well-acted. Despite the multitude of characters from many countries of the period, the game doesn't resort to clichés in their representation and portrays them in fleshed-out, developed fashion.

The game gives you copious amount spare time between mandatory actions (or evasions) so you may employ these moments to explore the train through subtle means of breaking and entering, which allows you to see the sheer amount of detail invested in even the peripheral characters. Each compartment is filled with items pertaining to its occupants' private and/or public life, whether love letters or indicators of their intents. Even a chance passing past a compartment may turn up a chit-chat amongst the passengers.

The Last Express, despite 18 years past its making, is still one of the best adventure games ever made, combining fantastic writing with staggeringly beautiful art direction and sound.
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allezz
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 9, 2015
Great story and atmosphere.
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roguefrog
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 19, 2015
Facsinating point 'n click period piece with an atypical setting and art style that holds up well through the ages. This is the stuff most adventures games dream of. I need more wine.
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fairman2007
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 9, 2015
I like the atmosphere created for the game and I like the idea that they created a living world where the characters move around and talk whether you are there or not.
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Stuffy
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 31, 2015
I love this game. One of my all time favorites. This version is unfortunately broken. Issues I've noticed in the first hour of playing are: Missing sound effects and sounds that sound worse than the original somehow (open a window on a moving train and theres suddenly silence, all ambiet noise gone. close the window and hear the train again) , Buggy cursor that wont change context (always stuck on left arrow or turn around for example), and also there are some strange resolution issues.

Now even if all that were fixed I can't honestly say that the "improvements" add that much to the game. It's pretty much the same game as before but with more (annoying) popups and hints.

If you're looking to revisit this game or just now discovering it, know that this version is a mess and that 2 years after its release it still has a seriously amatuerish and hacked together feel. I guess it's fairly cheap though, so thats something....
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rochefort.olivier
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 15, 2015
I'm a fan of point and click adventure games like Gabriel Knight and Broken Sword. I bought this game based on a couple of trailers that I watched and the overall great reviews. This game has great atmosphere and is very living, but the gameplay is extremely boring.
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Procurinator
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25, 2015
Good story, other than that everything else is bad.
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FranklynStreet
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1, 2015
I just can't recommend this game unless you're interested in it for historical purposes. Part of the story is somewhat compelling, part of it scattered and too all over the place. But even worse is the nature of the gameplay. It's less a point-and-click and more in the vein of the old Dragon's Lair video games, which means you're walking around and clicking on things somewhat arbitrarily until you learn to perform actions in a certain order. Often you're spending a lot of time waiting for time to move forward, unless you follow the in-game hint system to learn exactly what you need to do next, which isn't always intuitive. On top of all that, the older graphics and navigational system are pretty clunky; if the game was rebuilt on a new engine, that problem could be solved, but there's probably not enough compelling gameplay to merit that kind of update. 5/10
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J3kylll
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1, 2015
Couldn't really get into this game although if I had the patience to start over I might of enjoyed it enough to finish it.
Great graphics, kind of abstract. But if you miss anything or do something in the wrong order, it's hard to catch up and/or progress effectively through the story.
Good for people with a high attention to detail and who can figure out what path to take in a short period of time, just not for me personally.
If I hear the conductor tell me I'm at the wrong room again I might cry.
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emasterslake
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21, 2015
The Last Express tells a tale of an American passenger on board the Orient Express during a pre-WWI era. Upon his arrival he discovers his own friend being murdered and suspects that one of the passengers is the murder. Throughout the game the main protagonist must find the guilty party and make it through the train ride alive. This was a very innovative game for its time which consists of an older use of cel shaded animation mixed with motion capture animation on the characters to give it a stylish yet interesting look to the game. There are various endings and fates that allows great replay value for those who like alternate story driven games. With a cast of interesting individuals, great voice acting, and a well written story makes this a must play classic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
I haven't played the original game, so I can't compare it with the Gold Edition. I've read people saying that the game was dumbed-down, but it still can be hard. Even after reading all the documents and eavesdropping on several characters, at some points it's difficult to figure out what you have to do, so I had to use a walkthrough on the few times I was stuck.

This is a point and click adventure, but very different from the classic mold by LucasArts. You move around Myst style, but it's on real time, so you have to perform all the required tasks running against the clock. If you fail (and there are several bad endings), you can rewind and try again. Sometimes, you have to backtrack quite a lot.

I liked the graphics and rotoscope animations. The writing and the actors are also very good. Felt a little claustrophobic to be on the train the whole game, but the set is peopled with several interesting characters, even if they're not really important to the plot, like the lesbian couple, the family with the kid and the eunuch with the harem.

Aside from exploration and solving of puzzles (not really difficult; the inventory is very small), there are several fights, in which you have to be quick to dodge and attack; the last one of these was really hard, I think I had to play it about 30 times to advance! (Catching the beetle was also a pain.)

It was an interesting game, but not the most exciting or unforgettable I ever played. I finished it in a little over 8 hours, with 2 of the 15 achievements left. I recommend it with caution, because I think it's not everybody's cup of tea.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Good classic quest in real time. IN REAL TIME!

8/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
105 of 111 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Released in 1997 during the final stages of the golden age of point-and-click adventures, the game was eventually a commercial failure and out of print nearly a year later. It was extremely expensive to make at the time, and a lot of effort was made to make it as historically authentic and convincing as possible. They even found an old abandoned Orient Express stowed away for 50+ years on a rail yard somewhere in Athens giving them first hand sources to make the legendary train come to life.

The game itself in a nutshell is a murder mystery. You have received a telegram from your friend Tyler Whitney to meet him on the train to take a journey from Paris to Jerusalem, as he has found something that might interest him there. Unfortunately the protagonist misses the train thanks to unforeseen circumstances with the law, and the only thing Tyler is greeted with is patrolling police on the lookout. Still that doesn’t stop the protagonist from boarding the train thanks to a friend and her motorcycle. On board you are free to explore the train, but your first task is to reunite with your friend whom should be waiting in his compartment. As you open the door you are met his mutilated and clawed up body. Determined to find out what happened you hide his body, take his identity ready to seek out and find the killer of your friend.

What makes this game so unique and not like anything you have ever previously played is how the whole game is played in real time. The clock is always ticking on the Orient Express and you have both passengers and crew going about their own things no matter if you’re there to catch them in the act or not. By making it this way you never feel like the game is tailor made for you. Just sitting in the smoking car eavesdropping as the passengers babble on might give you important information or clues to your case or impertinent discussions about anything 1914 related topics or just ordinary daily life stuff - which is still very interesting mind you thanks to some of the most realistic and deepest characters I’ve ever seen in a video game. Never have I played a game with this level of historical authenticity, you are immediately immersed in this game and convinced that you are a passenger on the Orient Express on the eve of World War 1.

Being in real time you will obviously miss tons clues, discussions, dialogue and events the first times playing it. Every time I come back to this game I always find new and undiscovered information. You are of course still able to rewind or fast forward the game at your leisure if you feel like experimenting with different routes. The game features a bunch of endings and only the most determined will make it all the way to Constantinople and find out the truth about the fate of his friend.

I highly recommend this game for any fans of point-and-click adventures who wants to try something different. It contains a compelling story, excellent characters and great voice acting who all speaks in their natural language; may it be Russian, English, German, Serbian, Arabian or French. The graphics are cartoony, but very stylish – I think it fits great for this game. All the characters are based off real actors who were mo-capped into the game so it still contains a very realistic look despite having cartoony colours.
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101 of 116 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
The Last Express is a classic adventure game with a riveting story and brilliant atmosphere, it is perhaps my favourite story told in a mystery adventure rivalled only by some of the LucasArts classics.

I've played through this game multiple times over the last decade and I always enjoy the experience, it's like watching an excellent mystery movie, with interesting narrative and likeable characters and conversations which stick with you even after the game concludes.

However.

DotEmu has sacrificed what made this game a 'must have' in any collection, marred the game play with tool tips and icons which ruin the atmosphere of the game.

Sure, it plays in a higher resolution, and has compatibility with newer operating systems, but in the process DotEmu seem to have removed sound effect files such as the bustling wind from the carriage windows when they're opened.

I know it seems silly to nitpick on such minor details, but these minor nuances are what made me fall in love with this game.

Back on the subject of tool tips, the achievement icons that pop up in the middle of the screen when cinematic are playing.
And these can't be turned off. Not at all.
There is no option to turn off achievement or character bio/unlock popups, and they linger on-screen for up to 10 seconds.

The inclusion of (but to merit the ability to disable) tutorials is an insult to this game. Sorry you had to take the time to write them into the game, sadly they don't scream "GOLD EDITION" when the original title was a test of wits and observation skills, rather than telling you that the person you needed to talk to was currently having breakfast and you should annoy them.

I wouldn't recommend this VERSION of The Last Express solely that there are better, unadulterated versions available from other distributors, and simply put the term GOLD EDITION only exists because of a unlockables screen, which ultimately ruins the experience.

If the above could be toggled on/off or even removed, or even a purist setting, which disables on-screen prompts and hints, I would instantly regard this as the best version of the game available.
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60 of 70 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The Last Express is in many ways a truly classic adventure game, with its inventory puzzles, escalating plot and tried-and-true interface. However, its extreme nonlinearity, the inclusion of violent scenes, and a sense of being what is in reality a completely timed game set it apart from standard pure adventure fare. Quite frankly, I haven't clenched my teeth this hard since 1994 when I was in labor with Mini Minnie! I also have not played one computer game for this many hours in a row in years. By the end of my train journey, poor Mini was penciling up signs for what she wanted and waving them beside my computer desk!

Will the Orient Express make it to its final destination in Constantinople? How many passengers will live to see it? Will Robert Cath find a "happily ever after romance," or will it be "duty before cutie?" You'll just have to buy your own first-class ticket and find out! The End
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71 of 92 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Note on my playtime: I keep the original version of this around at all times and have completed it over a dozen times over the years. I got this thinking it would be the same and I was sorely mistaken.

Compare starting a new game in this to starting a new game in the original. Within 10sec of you getting in control you'll see how horrible this version is. Just find and play the original. There are no improvements to be had here and this version is a dog's breakfast of Facebook generation pop-up trash. This is one of my favourite games of all time. The -original- is a masterpiece and I -would- recommend everyone play that instead of this weaksauce, tooltip-filled ambiance-murdering piece of garbage.

The original game had one of the simplest, most intuitive interfaces imaginable and it went hand it hand with a deeply immersive atmosphere and memorable story. How does the "Gold Edition" improve on this? Apparently by filling all four corners of the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ screen with bs tooltips, unwanted hints, permanent options/toggle buttons etc etc to the point that they may as well throw an ad banner on there. Then there's the constant bloody pop-ups and the stupid chapter intros. They've completely ruined the game. If you've played the original, this version is not playable.

As far as the "improved visuals" go, there are none to be had. Seems they've just taken the original work and stretched it. Framerate is noticeably lower than the original during FMVs. They've cut out sections of the FMVs as well for no ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ reason whatsoever.

Just please, for the love of god, don't financially support this sort of dumbed-down ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ization of gameplay. This is an atrocity against the original masterpiece. Needs moar refund button.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2014
A fantastic adventure from Paris to Constantinopolis. A unique gameplay where every action count. Robert Cath's story on the Orient Express can stop at every station. You will need to play it a few times if you want to know every detail about Tyler Whitney's plans and past. I never finished the game like it should when i was a kid so i'm really glad they made this Gold Edition.

There's really nothing to dislike about this little gem. All i'm hoping is that Jordan Mechner will make a sequel/prequel so Smoking Car Productions rises back from their aches like a firebird and make us a real adventure game. Not some mash button party.

It's such a unique game. There's no reason not to buy it!
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
I love this game. One of my all time favorites. This version is unfortunately broken. Issues I've noticed in the first hour of playing are: Missing sound effects and sounds that sound worse than the original somehow (open a window on a moving train and theres suddenly silence, all ambiet noise gone. close the window and hear the train again) , Buggy cursor that wont change context (always stuck on left arrow or turn around for example), and also there are some strange resolution issues.

Now even if all that were fixed I can't honestly say that the "improvements" add that much to the game. It's pretty much the same game as before but with more (annoying) popups and hints.

If you're looking to revisit this game or just now discovering it, know that this version is a mess and that 2 years after its release it still has a seriously amatuerish and hacked together feel. I guess it's fairly cheap though, so thats something....
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Really the best mystery game I have ever played. The graphics are not mind blowing but, artistic, I suppose. Its very simple stills animated together to look like movement combined with live action/animated movement. Really a great game for people interested in mystery. Very well done.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
What starts out as a murder mystery takes a sharp turn into a twisting tale of espionage, political intrigue, and danger in The Last Express, a mixture of Indiana Jones type adventure and Alfred Hitchcock storytelling in pre-war Europe. You are Robert Cath, a doctor-turned fugitive about to meet his old friend Tyler Whitney onboard the Orient Express. Upon opening your shared compartment, however, you find your friend has been murdered in a rather bloody fashion. To continue on the story of the game would spoil its magic. The Last Express features intuitive gameplay that is composed of mostly walking around the train, piecing together the lives of the people living on it. Your choices heavily impact the game, which is something that many games even today lack. You meet a prince, a Russian revolutionary, a German who appears to know you, and more witty and well written characters. There's no adventure game quite like it, especially now, and it's just damn good. Damn good.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
One of the best games I ever played with unique mechanics, memorable characters and touching story which is also history lesson of a kind.
A real gem!
I'm really happy to finally see it on steam!
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Definitely something to be remembered. Has some very unique twists, especially how things revolve around the clock, and are in real time. For instance, train passangers will go to lunch at noon, spend the afternoons chatting, dining, then going to bed.

It's replayable, since it's very easy to miss out on important things that you never knew happened, because you were not there when it occured. It also has plenty of endings.

The only downside is that sometimes, you'll be running against two clocks, or not quite sure how do go about doing something. And there is also a portion of the game around the "concert", where the train turns into a sort of wasteland, but other than that, it's enjoyable and recommended.

The movement system could use some tweaks, but remember that this is a game from 1997.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
The best example of classic from the Golden Age of Adventure games.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2015
Let's get something out of the way: this is an amazing game, a delight for experienced adventure game players with an awesome, complex and rich story.

HOWEVER.

On this "gold" edition they completely ♥♥♥♥ed up the interface and they tried to dumb it down to a level that makes me twitch. Unsuccessfully - this will never ever be a game for casual gamers or the "hey I feel like trying a point & click game" kinda guy, no matter how much they destroy the game's atmosphere with their stupid tutorials, pop ups and help icons.

In summary:

I 100% RECOMMEND THIS EPIC AWESOME ONE-OF-A-KIND GAME. Plus 1%.

I 0% RECOMMEND THIS RIDICULOUS GOLD EDITION. Don't support their views that they can make more money by ruining something that was never broken in the first place. You don't need the stupid achievements, you need to experience this amazing gaming and cinematic experience the way it was meant to be experienced!

You will fall in love with it.

- An old school nerd.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2014
No wonder people say this is one of the greatest adventure games ever made. I'm tempted to agree with them.
There's just two things I have to say: One, eat your heart out, Nancy Drew. and two, buy this game.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
This game is and always has been fantastic. Definitely play it if you haven't. It is a timeless classic. However, DotEMU, the company that has done the Steam version has made some misteps - the menus, hud, and inventory are not as good as they used to be. There were also a lot of little glitches throughout the game that were not present for me before, but nothing game killing I was also disappointed to see that the closing credits have been axed. (those who played the original release know what I'm talking about.)

The game itself though gets a 9.5/10
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49 of 81 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
The game itself is amazing, but the unresponsive interface, lag and number of bugs (including a severe game-breaking bug that was carried over from the old version) make this edition very hard to recommend. Don't get this unless you need achievements.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Ah the last express! A masterpiece when it came out, hundred years ago... But it kind of still is a masterpiece, and now it looks like a real peace of antique art. It does have something great to offer though, if you can see past the technical aspects.

You are on the last voyage of the famous train the oriental express, just before the first world war breaks out. You arrive on the train just after the departure, finding out your friend has been murdered. Slowly you learn about the passengers and their complex stories and motivations, who all seem to intertwined. You really feel the tension of the situation and the looming war. It is a great murder mystery that you would snuggle up with in your sofa, but this time, you are really there, seeing and experience the train as the main hero.

Well, sort of. Due to restrictions of computers back then, scenes are more like gifs with few colors. I think the whole game was filmed, and then more than half of the frames had to be taken out in order to run well and save space.

But the style, and especially the colors work in favor of the game. It reminds of how commercial posters were designed at the time. The characters and writing is well done. It is particularly refreshing that people speak their languages, instead of everything being in English. Your character knows a few languages, and in those cases, subtitles are provided.

This is one of those games that made me interested in gaming: a chance to participate in a movie, an event that you have dreamed to be a part of. The whole idea of not just watching a murder mystery happening on this beautiful train, but to actually be the hero was what really drew me in.

What really makes this title even more special is that all passengers have a deeper story that happens with or without you. Instead of just running down a corridor, while a normal game would feed you events in specific order, in this game you can explore the train at your own leisure. You listen to people in order to understand their motivations and backgrounds. All the passengers have their own agenda and the game feels alive. Great AI considering when this game was developed (1997). You have to behave, think and act like you were really on the train. You have to think: "What would they do now? Where are they now? How can I get to them? What are the consequences?" It is not about just finding objects and pulling levels. Also, you could argue there are multiple endings. In my mind there is only one good ending, but then you can end the game in other ways as well.
The game has a nice chapter system, and instead of saving, the story has "time". You can rewind the clock if you mess up.

The game is also not trying too hard to entertain you constantly with music and fantastic events. You are on a train, that behaves like a train. People behave like passengers from the time. But it is not boring at all, there is a real mystery going on of course. I for example love it how you can choose to interact with your romance interest. What would you do in real life?

So what is not so good about the game?
Well, the game is a sort of a port, because the original would not work on today's PCs. It is quite buggy. It crashed a few times, and the language files don't work as I write this. No matter what you select in the menus, the game will set the language to whatever your OS language is. There is a hint system included, which is both good and bad. It is good because the game does not behave like a normal game, and there is no hand holding, which can be confusing. Some help might be welcome. It is bad because you can just look at all the hints and the game offers no challenge what so ever. I recommend you don't use the hints, and just rewind the time if you mess up, it makes you interact more with the game like you are there. There are some quick time events. Not too many thank God, but they are not forgiving and some of them you end up doing 20 times before you win.
And, this title is not for everybody. This is a great old piece of art which really focuses on atmosphere, immersion and story. It is not a "gamey" game which feeds you constantly in fear of you being bored. You have to assume what to do yourself. It is more of an interactive story, and I think younger players are not going to dig it very much. It has nothing of what newer games provide (of course).

I'm not pushing the "older games were better" cliché, because it isn't true. But I miss these kinds of elements this game offer in newer games. I would love it if someone did a reboot on this one, with today's technology. Or if there were more games like this where you are in a specific situation with developed NPCs, where the game assume you are not a complete idiot.

Recommended.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
The plot and the setting of World War I are really good. Knowing how much work has done to make this project force you to respect this game. The characters are remembering, and they are talking their native languages - this is a good finding for linguists. And I can't say anything good about interface, controls and screen aspect ratio. These aspects of the game made me cry so much that I'm really happy having beat this game like I never was before. Anyway this is a very good game still.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Don't be fooled by my one hour play time. I owned this game first on GOG and have beaten it already...OK read on!
What a game....where to begin? In my opinion, this is one of the definitive classic point and click adventure titles. Put it above LucasArts (I love Monkey Island too), this game has it all. Mystery, danger, romance, and intrigue. Some may be put off by the screen resolution, but that just adds to the reality of the game. You are on a train, so don't expect to play this fullscreen or widescreen mode. It will feel like being on a train. The graphics are definitely dated, but they go with the style of the game. It adds to the charm. I don't want to spoil the plot but it is definitely a cross between Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock. The characters are all memorable, and the voice acting is never cheesy. It may interest you to know that for a lot of the shots, the actually filmed live actors doing the movie scenes and then computerized them to add the reality of the characters...I thought that was neat at least. The music is also a big character, great soundtrack. The moments in which you have to fight can be a bit awkward but luckily if you mess up, you can start right before the confrontation. The pacing may be slow for some, but it only starts slow so it get more exciting and complicated as the game goes along. There are multiple ways to achieve goals (not common in point and click) and there are multiple endings. Also, there are 100 ways to die in the game. Have fun achievement seekers! Overall, a great classic game that you will not want to stop playing until you reach the end. Then you may want to play it again...
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