Calling all history and old train enthusiasts-you'll love this game! Amature sleuths will too.
Vintage 1997,published by now defunct Smoking Car Productions, the game's interface allows you to go forward, L or R, and back and is mouse-controlled. a little awkward;at times I was going into and out of wrong doors. The graphics are animation-and drop dead georgeous with beautifully drawn cut scenes. the characters are sort of flat looking and two-dimensional, but are still believable with convincing facial expressions and emotions. The game is set in real time with a rewind feature that lets you reset the game back to any previous point. This is helpful because if you don't do things or talk to people at a certain time, you will miss opportunities.It helps to keep a record of when you do things and there's a handy clock in the smoking lounge.
It is the eve of World War I-July 24, 1914.All of Europe is on the brink of war. There are terrorists afoot. This may be the last run of famed Orient Express-the fabulously elegant train that ran between Paris and Constantinople-the preferred mode of travel for Anyone who was among the glitterati of the time-sort of like the now out of service Concorde of our day.
You are Robert Cath, Boarding the train at the last minute from the back of a speeding motorcycle driven by...Lara Croft?? Well, perhaps, but never mind-you're on the train-whew!
But when you get to the compartment your friend has reserved you're in for a nasty surprise. The game begins...you need to figure out what to do before it's too late.
Once you get that first problem figured out, and you're still on the train, you can go exploring and meet the other passengers.( You can meet with misfortune if you don't figure things out in time-but the game kindly rewinds and gives you another chance to replay-instead of the save game feature)
Among the characters you'll meet are the mysterious Russians-Tatania and her grandfather, Vassili. The sinister Kronos, who has a private car at the rear of the train, complete with an elegant drawing room.Anna, the beautiful musician and her guard dog.The Beautarels, a French family with a bratty little boy-he has something you need.The pompous Herr Schmidt, a German who has plenty of opinions on the politics of the day. Oh and there are the Serbs and the Turkish harem traveling with you as well. As the train rolls along you will discover all kinds of secrets and intrigue-and hopefully not get killed.
There are 3 fights you have to win that are kind of tricky-but possible with patience and trial and error.I had so much trouble with the last one, I had to use a cheat (yes there is one) to get past it.
For anyone who is a fan of the adventure genre and loves great older games, this is a not-to-be missed game and can usually be found on EBay or Amazon if it isn't already in your collection collecting dust, as mine was.
The only nagative points I find in the game are: Limited direction of the controls-awkward to find things and places. The difficulty manuvering in the fight scenes. Somewhat repetitious- having to replay over and over again to get things happening at the right time. However the game's uniqueness, beauty, and historically accurate reproduction of a pivotal time in world history offset these annoyances.
Too bad Smoking Car Productions didn't produce more. I give this game a 4**** rating.