Agatha Christie's

Murder on the Orient Express

 

(A Walkthrough by ZURREEN ZUBAIRIE)

 

Copyright 2007.  All rights reserved.

 

(Please, note that this walkthrough is copyrighted.  Hence, any attempt to reproduce anything from this walkthrough will be severely punished to the maximum extent of the law.)

 

 

The Walkthrough

 

GENERALLY:

 

When you open the inventory, you will find the collected items on the left and a column of standard icons on the right.  By "standard," I mean that you will see the same icons in that column no matter which "page" of the inventory you open.  While the use of most of the icons in this column is straightforward, three deserve special mention.

 

The Magnifying-Glass icon:   Be sure to "examine" each item that you collect in the game.  This means doing two things.  First, click on the item that you wish to examine and then, on the magnifying-glass icon that appears in the column on your right in the inventory page.  You will be shown a page with the picture of the item at the top, an Eye icon in the center, and a general description of the item at the bottom of the screen.  Second, click on that Eye icon, because it will provide you with additional information about the object and, in some cases, even an additional item that was concealed in the first object.

 

The Gears icon:  Clicking on this icon takes you to what I call the gears section.  Whenever you want to assemble (i.e., "combine") two or more objects, click on one of these objects and then, on the gears icon that appears in the column on your right in the inventory page.  You will be shown a page with four boxes in the left column, a gears icon in the middle, and a single box on the right.  Place the item in one of the four boxes on your left.  Go back to the inventory page by clicking on the Bag icon at the top of the column on your right.  Repeat the procedure as many times as necessary until you have placed all the items that you would like to combine in the four boxes on your left in the gears section.  Then, click on the gears icon in the middle of the page and, if you have the correct items, the combined product will appear in the single box on your right.  If you would like to separate two or more items joined together, place the product in the single box on your right and click on the gears icon in the middle of the screen.  If the items can be separated, the separated parts will then appear in the four boxes on your left.

 

The Scrapbook:  Be sure to read the game booklet on how to use this icon because it can provide you with some really useful information.  Just click on the brown-notebook on your right and it will take you to an index of all the sources of information available to you.  The topic "The Challenge" is especially useful, if you decide to ACCEPT Poirot's challenge, because it will show your progress through the game.  The section "Documents" is equally important in order to actually read the documents that you collect in the game.  But, again, check out all the topics as early as possible in the game and feel free to refer to them throughout the game to get the most benefit/enjoyment out of the information collected here for you.

 

Well, that is all I can think of in terms of a general guide to the game.  Following is a more detailed step-by-step walkthrough.  Please, feel free to address any comments or questions about this walkthrough to ZSZUBAIRIE@AOL.com.

 

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New Paltz, New York, 1924 (Cutscene).

 

Istanbul, Turkey, 1934.

 

            As the opening cutscenes end, you must approach Poirot.  This is easier said than done because you will soon discover that he is not so easy to catch and other people keep blocking your way, some of them asking you to do favors for them before they will allow you to pass.  Indeed, this particular sequence might seem silly to some while annoying to others.  Just keep in mind that, in addition to perhaps being shown Poirot's idiosyncrasies, you are being introduced to the characters that will soon serve as suspects in the murder mystery that awaits you aboard the train. 

 

So, when the cutscenes end, move towards the two men that include the chef (Klaus).  As you do, the two men will block your way and the chef will ask you which of the two cleavers he holds in his hands is better for cleaving meat.  Choose the one in his LEFT hand.  He will compliment you and the two men will let you pass.  [Note: even if you choose the one on the right, you will be allowed to guess again and then, to pass.]

 

As the men step aside, move forward.  A brief cutscene follows.  As it ends, note that Poirot is standing on the right side of your screen.  Move towards him and he will walk away.  Note that he is now standing on the left side of your screen.  Click in that direction, only to see him walk away while your own path will be blocked by two more men (left: Antonio Foscarelli; right: Cyrus Hardman).  Try to get past them and they will tell you about their argument.  You can choose whichever response you like from the two given, but you must get them either one or both of the items they are asking for in order to get through.

 

Step right; right again, and close up on the stall left of the heroine.  Pick up the large, blue flowery Kutahya Bowl in front of the heroine and step out of the close up by clicking on the footprints-icon.  Go left and close up on the stall behind the large barrel and crates on your right.  Pick up the lone Iznik Tile, standing upright and leaning against a stack of similar tiles, in front of the heroine.  Step out of the close up and to the right (past the chef), right again, and then left, to return to the two men.  Click on the mouth icon to speak to them.  You can choose whichever response you like, but I prefer the third one, since we already have both items.  The two items will disappear from your inventory, but don't worry about getting them back from the men to return to the vendors because, for whatever reason, you will not be able to do so.  [And, no, I have no idea, merely guesses, as to the reason for all that talk of returning the objects to the vendors when you never really get a chance to do so.]

 

With this dispute settled, the two men will step aside.  Go left, to find Poirot now standing to the left of two ladies (right: Princess Dragomiroff; left: Hildegarde Schmidt) at the bottom of the screen.  Click on the mouth icon appearing on him.  But as the heroine calls him, he will walk away; and, as the heroine hastens after him, the ladies block her path.  You can choose whichever response you like but I prefer the fourth one, because it is the politest and cuts the dialog short (we know that we are going to have to get that parasol for the princess).  [Note: one of the times that I played this marketplace sequence, the fourth line did not even appear.  If this happens, feel free to choose whichever line seems best to you.  No matter how the dialog goes, you need to get that parasol to get past these ladies].

 

            Click on the footprints-icon appearing at the top of the screen to return to the two men.  Pick up the Grain from the right edge of the stall appearing to the left of the heroine.  Go to your right and click on the Eye icon appearing on the goat on your right.  You can see the parasol just behind the goat.  Bring out the Grain from the inventory and click on the goat.  The heroine will actually place the grain a little bit ahead of the goat.  As the goat moves ahead to eat it, pick up the Parasol.  Take two steps to your left to return to the ladies and speak to them.

 

            As the ladies step aside, click on the footprints-icon appearing at the bottom of the screen.  You will see a lady (Greta Ohlsson) standing on your right.  Try to go right and the lady will ask you for help.  Again, you can choose any response you like but I prefer the second, because it is the politest and moves the story forward.

 

            Go to your right.  Try to go left then, to find two more men (left: Hector MacQueen; right: Samuel Ratchett) standing in your way.  Ratchett is not nice at all.  So choose whichever responses you like until he agrees to let you pass.

 

            As these two men step aside, click on the footprints-icon appearing on the dark-brown door just left of the heroine to arrive before the train station.  Enter the station and go left.  Step to your left again.  A cutscene follows.  Try to go left again.  You will overhear a short dialog between a man (Colonel Arbuthnot) and a woman (Mary Debenham); and then, the two will step out of the way.

 

Go left, and then right.  Talk to the ticket-collector.  Greta will step aside to find her own ticket, but you can go forward now.  So go left "To Train Platform."  Go left again, to see Poirot talking to a train employee in the distance.  Step towards him.  A dialog follows.

 

Click on Poirot and then, on one of the first three choices. (Choice 4 just ends the dialog, without any exchange of information between yourself and Poirot.).  Click on the train employee (Pierre Michel) and then, on either the first or the second choice.  The other of these two choices will then be presented as the first choice.  Click on it and the heroine will finish the dialog.

Note: It might be a good idea to SAVE the game at this point because the next time you address Michel, it will be quite a while before you can save again, and you might want to replay the cutscenes that follow the present dialog.  Therefore, saving the game now will allow you to replay those cutscenes without having to repeat anything covered so far. 

 

Click on Michel again.  Feel free to try out the other choices but keep in mind that the conversation will conclude as soon as the heroine tells Michel to let Poirot have her room.  A series of cutscenes then follows.

 

Part One: The Facts.

 

            The first cutscene runs like a movie you have no control except to press "Esc" and skip the whole cutscene altogether.  It would be a good idea to see it at least once, however, because it gives us more information about the various guests on the train.

 

            You are given some control in the second cutscene in which you can select topics and use the left mouse button to skip individual lines of dialog.  Choose the topics in any order you like, to gain information about the various guests as seen through the eyes of the great Poirot.

 

            The third cutscene is like a movie again and the only control you will have would be to press "Esc" to skip the whole thing altogether.  Once again, though, it would be a good idea to see the cutscene at least once, because it shows a critical exchange between Ratchett and Poirot.  The cutscene continues, following the "loading" of the game, and this little part should especially not be skipped because it tells us that the heroine needs to acquire bacon for the chef in order to proceed in the game.

 

            As the controls are returned to you, try to go left.  A brief cutscene follows.  Go left now and see two men standing by the fountain in the distance.  Click around the top of the screen to approach them and find them to be the Colonel and Hector MacQueen.  Click on the mouth icon to speak to them.  You can then click on either line of the dialog.  In the next choice though, click on the first line because it gives more information than the second.  As the men walk away, go right and then, click on the footprints-icon appearing in the top-right portion of the screen.  Another cutscene follows.  Click on the Eye icon appearing on the gate on your right, to hear the heroine's comment.

 

            Go right and close up on the two men (the Engineer and Michel) on your right.  Talk to Michel, pick the first choice and then, exhaust the remaining topics, one by one.  Next, talk to the engineer.  Click on the back-arrow to step out of this close up.  Go left and close up on the boxes on the cart on your left.  Try to click on the boxes in this close up, only to find that the labels are in Serbian, a language that you do not speak.  So step out of this close up and go right, towards the Engineer and Michel.  Close up on those men again and speak to the Engineer first.  He does not know Serbian either.  So click on Michel and he agrees to help you out.  Step out of the close up, go left and close up on the cart with the boxes again.  You can then click on any of the boxes and Michel will tell you what it contains.  As soon as you click on the second-to-the-last box on the right (the only one on that side on which the Eye icon appears), Michel will tell you that we have found Klaus's bacon.  A cutscene follows.

 

            At the end of the cutscene, the heroine is outside her room and Poirot's voice in the background tells us that we must eavesdrop on all the guests.  Click on one of the Ear icons that appear on the doors of the rooms left of yours.  The wood is too thick to hear what is going on inside, however, and we need something to help us.  So go to the Salon Car.

 

Note:  We can go from one car to another in one of two ways.  One way would be to click on the footprints-icon leading in the direction you wish to take until you reach that end of the car.  As you place your cursor on the connecting-door between the cars, a label will appear indicating the name of the car you are about to enter.  Click on the handle-icon appearing on the door to then enter that car.  In the other method, just move your cursor to the top of the screen.  A picture of the train with its several cars would appear.  As you move your cursor along those cars, a label would show the name of each car over which your cursor is placed.  The label of the car where you are standing would indicate that fact by stating, "You Are Here."  At present, all but two cars are "grayed" (or rather browned) out, indicating that you can access only two cars: the Calais Coach (where you are) and the Salon Car.  If you just double-click on the Salon Car, you will find yourself there.  This would be the quickest way to reach another car, especially when you are trying to get from one end of the train to the other.

 

            As you enter the Salon car, click on the footprints-icon appearing at the bottom of the screen to move forward.  Click on the footprints-icon appearing at the top of the screen, twice, to move yet further in the car.  At this point, you should find the bar on the left of the heroine.  Close up on the area behind the bar.  Pick up the Ice Tongs from the left of the top shelf.  Then, pick up the Water Glass standing upright on the left of the second shelf and, continuing through the row of unused glasses, pick up 4 more water glasses.  Open the drawer under these shelves and pick up the Paper Napkins and the SelloTape.  Step out of the close up and return to the Calais Coach.

 

            Click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to go past the bathroom on your right and arrive at the first set of rooms.  Bring out the Water Glass from your inventory, place it on the door of the first room (Calais Room 1-2 Masterman & Foscarelli) and click to hear a dialog between the two men inside.  The heroine will withdraw at the end of this dialog. 

 

Note:  You will not have to bring out the water glass for further eavesdropping.  From now on, just click on the Ear icon appearing on a door and the heroine will bring out the glass automatically and lean against the door to listen.

 

            Feel free to click again on the Ear icon appearing on this door, but the heroine will indicate that she has heard all that she could.  So click on the Ear icon appearing on the door of the next room (Calais Room 3-4 MacQueen).  As the heroine withdraws, feel free to click again on the Ear icon appearing on this door but, again, the heroine will indicate that she has heard all that she could.

 

            Click on the Ear icon appearing on the door of the next room (Calais Room 5-6 Schmidt & Debenham), but the heroine cannot hear anything even the first time.  There will be no Ear icon on the door of your own room (Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau).  So click on the footprints-icon appearing at the bottom of the screen to move to the next set of rooms:  Calais Room 9 Poirot; Calais Room 10 Ratchett; and Calais Room 11 Hubbard.  See what you can hear in each of these rooms and then, click on the footprints-icon appearing at the top-right corner of the screen to move to the next set of rooms.

 

            Thus, continue your eavesdropping of the rooms, one by one, until you reach the last room in this car (Calais Room 16 Hardman).  The heroine cannot hear anything; but just as she withdraws from the door, Michel catches her in the act.  A brief dialog follows, but you don't have to do anything because the heroine will take care of it herself.  As Michel starts to walk away, however, place the cursor on him and find the icon of a silhouette, in a circular frame, trailing him.  This is what you might call the "Follow-this-Person" icon.  So, click on this icon and the heroine will follow Michel all the way to the Baggage Car.

 

            You can then choose to move in any direction you like, but the result will be the same: Michel will appear and ask the heroine if she is following him.  Choose whichever response you like but, again, the result will be the same: Michel will ask you to return to the Calais Coach and state that he would lock up this car.  So, click at the bottom of the screen ("To Restaurant Car") and a cutscene will show Michel locking up the door to the Baggage Car.

 

            Go right and then, click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to move further down into the Restaurant Car.  Close up on the large table laid out with food on your left and pick up the Spirit Lamp.  There is nothing else left to do for now.  So, click on the Calais Coach at the top of the screen to quickly return to that car.  Move down further and enter your room (Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau).  Step further into your room, and a series of cutscenes will follow.

 

            At the end of the cutscenes, feel free to choose whichever response you like to Greta's question.  Step out of your room (note the unusual handle-icon at your door).  Another cutscene follows and this one also ends with the heroine in her room.  Greta is asleep this time, so just step out of the room.  Yet another cutscene follows and also ends with the heroine in her room.  Step out yet again to see a brief cutscene of a woman in a red kimono.  Click on the "Follow-this-Person" icon to go after her, but she seems to disappear at the end of the car.  We must determine who she is.  But both the connecting door to the Salon Car and the bathroom on your right are locked; and if you try to enter the room of any of the guests, Michel will tell you not to disturb the passengers.  Go to him, at the other end of this car, and click on the newly-added Athens-Paris Coach to learn from him why that is locked.  Note that the bathroom on this side is also locked.  Click on Michel, choose the first line of the dialog and exhaust all topics, one by one, thereafter.  At the end of the dialog, return to your room.  As you click on the door, another cutscene follows.

 

            At the end of the cutscene, we find the heroine in Poirot's compartment.  Another man (Dr. Constantine) is also present.  You may click on either the doctor or Poirot, but clicking on Poirot would provide more information.  As always, pick the first topic and exhaust the rest, one by one.  Whether you click on Poirot or the doctor, Poirot will offer you a challenge.  The following walkthrough assumes that you accepted that challenge.

 

            Following a brief cutscene, you will now find the heroine in the victim, Ratchett's, room.  If you open the inventory and click on the brown notebook (the "Scrapbook"), you will find a new heading ("The Challenge") has been added.  As you progress through the game, especially after completing a Part, be sure to check this section of the scrapbook because it will actually note the points that you earn through the successful completion of various tasks.  Be sure to also refer to the section "M. Poirot's Instructions" throughout the game, to help determine the tasks that need to be completed.

 

            Talk to the doctor and then, close up on the body.  Close up on the blanket covering the body and the doctor will point out that there is something in the victim's pocket.  Pick up the Silver Pocket Watch from the pocket on the left side of the victim's shirt.  Close up on the pillow and pick up the Gun.  Step out of the close ups and talk to the doctor.  Exhaust all topics, one by one, starting with the first one at the top of the dialog box.

 

            Close up on the bedside-table right of the victim's bed.  Pick up (moving from left to right): False Teeth, Thick Tumbler, Small statuette, and (in one click) Stub of a Cigar, Flat Match, Round Match, and Scrap of Burnt Paper.  Step out of this close up and close up next on the window.  Click on the window and the doctor will comment about the possible presence of fingerprints.  Move the cursor lower and click just above the shiny handle, to get a close up of the window sill.  Click on the Eye icon there and you will hear Poirot's voice in the background say, "Quite interesting."  Note: Every time you hear Poirot say "Quite interesting" in the background, it means that there is a fingerprint in the area you are examining.  But we can't lift any prints just yet because we don't have the materials necessary to do so.  So step out of these close ups for now and pick up the Handkerchief (folded in a triangular form) from the floor, at the foot of the bedside-table and to the right of the bed.

 

            Click on the victim's luggage up in the carrier on your right.  As the suitcase is opened for you, click inside to recover a Sleeping Draught ("Regardez, Mademoiselle!").  You can click in the suitcase again, just to make sure that there is nothing else of interest in there, but the heroine will tell you that there is not.  So step out of this close up and click on the footprints-icon to turn around and face the other side of the room.  Click on the jacket hanging on the left of the exit, to recover a Matchbox.  Pick up the Hat hanging on the right of the same door.  Finally, pick up the Pipecleaner (looks like a white straw) from the floor, just left of the bed.

 

            Turn back around to face the doctor in the other side of the room.  Open the inventory then and examine each of the items that you have just recovered.  (See the general-information section at the beginning of this walkthrough to conduct the two-part examination of items, i.e., place an item on the magnifying-glass icon in the right column and click; then, when the general description of the item appears, click on the Eye icon for a more in-depth examination of the same item.)  Note the special-effect sound in the background when you conduct the in-depth examination of the Thick Tumbler (the text at the bottom indicates that there is a smudge, i.e., a fingerprint, on it) and the Hat (the text at the bottom indicates an inscription, "Rev. 13:18.").

 

            We are ready to report to Poirot now.  So, click on the doctor and tell him that.  A cutscene follows where you will see the heroine speaking inside the compartment, but her voice is "muffled."  This can go on indefinitely, so be sure to click the left mouse button to proceed further in the game!  As you do, the heroine will conclude and the ensuing dialog will be audible now.  As usual, exhaust all topics, starting with the first one in the dialog box.

 

            Poirot instructs us to gather some items to help us read the Scrap of Burnt Paper.  As the dialog ends, we find the heroine standing outside Poirot's door.  Click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to go left in the train.  Enter the heroine's room (Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau) and step to the back of the room.  Close up on the hat box in the lower shelf, left of the heroine.

 

 

            The lid will be removed for you.  Click on the hat inside and it will also be removed to show you the Hat Frame inside.  Pick up the Hat Frame and the hat itself will be replaced.  Step out of the close up and return to the corridor.

 

            Click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to now go right in the train.  Enter Calais Room 11 Hubbard.  Pick up the small, shiny golden Button from the floor, right of the heroine's feet.  Examine it by clicking on the magnifying-glass icon, to learn that it belongs to a conductor's uniform.  Click on the Eye icon then, to learn the heroine's thoughts about it.

 

Feel free to check the hat box placed up in the luggage carrier, to the right of the heroine.  But when you remove the hat, Poirot will tell you that the hat frame underneath is not the "proper type," i.e., for our purposes.  So step out of this room and click on the footprints-icon appearing on the upper-right portion of the screen to move forward in the train.  Click on the door of Calais Room 12 Countess Andrenyi, but it is locked.  So click on and enter Calais Room 14 Princess Dragomiroff.  Close up on the hat box on the lower berth on your right.  Once again, click on the hat inside to remove it and pick up the Hat Frame thus exposed.

 

            Return to Poirot's room (Calais Room 9) and step towards him.  Pick up the Curling Tongs from the front of the bedside table on Poirot's left.  Click on Poirot and the heroine will tell him that she has everything she needs to read the paper.  As Poirot compliments her, you will be presented with what might be called an assembly area.  The heroine will tell us that she has all the pieces and just needs to put them together.  As she finishes speaking, open the inventory and bring out a Hat Frame.  Place it on the right side of the assembly area.  Open the inventory again.  Combine the Scrap of Burnt Paper and the Curling Tongs by placing them, one by one, in the left column of the Gears section and then, clicking on the gears in the middle of the screen.  Place the combination on the hat frame you had placed in the assembly area.  Place the other Hat Frame on the Scrap of Burnt Paper, and the heroine will tell us that the "paper holder is now in place" and that we must now get on to "securing the heat source."  Light the Spirit Lamp (by combining it with the Matchbox in the Gears section) and place the Lit Spirit Lamp on the left of the "paper holder."  A cutscene and then, a dialog follow, concluding this Part of the game.

 

Part Two: The Evidence.

 

            After a brief cutscene marking the beginning of this Part, a dialog follows between the heroine and Michel.  Open your scrapbook and look under M. Poirot's Instructions to learn our two immediate objectives: (1) restore heat to the train, and (2) obtain keys for the various train cars.  Enter Calais Room 10 Ratchett.  Move further inside this room and see Hardman through the window.  Click on the Follow-this-Person icon appearing around him to go after him.  A cutscene follows, bringing us into the Athens-Paris Coach through its backdoor.

 

            So long as we are in this car, let's see what we can find here.  [Don't worry.  There is no timed sequence to restore the heat, so we can get a few things done along the way.]  Feel free to check the bathroom on your left, but there is nothing of interest there.  There is no use trying to talk to Matteo, because you will not get anything useful out of him until the heat is restored.  So click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to go left in the train.  Enter the vacant Athens Room 16.  Move further into the room and close up on the radio equipment.  But there is nothing we can do with it yet, so step out of the close up and return to the corridor.

 

            Click on the footprints-icon in the upper part of the screen to move down the corridor.  Enter Athens Room 15 Matteo.  Step further into the room and pick up Matteo's passport from the bedside table.  A passport page will appear on the screen and linger for a while.

 

Note:  If you would like to see this page again, open the inventory and click on the passport icon in the right column.  A passport page will appear.  Click on Matteo's picture at the top of the screen to see his passport information below.  More importantly, however, open the scrapbook and click on Suspects.  Note the tiny passport icon in front of Matteo's name.  This is important because one of the tasks that Poirot assigned us in the cutscene before the beginning of this Part was to collect everyone's passports.  The passport icon next to Matteo's name tells us that we have collected his passport.  Thus, this page serves as a checklist to see the passports we have collected and those yet to be collected.

 

Pick up the Morse Code Book from the berth on your right.  Step out into the corridor and enter the vacant Athens Room 14.  [You could have also used the connecting door in Matteo's room to enter this one, but it is easier to keep track of the rooms by going through the corridor.]  Close up on the berth on your right.  Click on the mattress to lift it and expose a pair of snowshoes underneath.  Pick up the Broken Snowshoes.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 13 Constantine.  Close up on the coat hanging on your right, to get a brief cutscene of its label: "Petite."  Click on the suitcase in the carrier above the coat.  Click inside to recover an Announcement card and hear Poirot's comment in the background: "Quite interesting."  [This is probably the only time when this comment does not indicate the presence of a fingerprint.]  Examine the card by placing it on the magnifying-glass icon and clicking; and then, by clicking on the Eye icon (note the special sound-effect in the background as you do this).  Move further into the room and pick up the doctor's passport from the bedside table left of the berth.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter the vacant Athens Room 12.  Pick up what looks like a crumpled white rag from the floor, lying slightly to the left-front of the bedside table.  It turns out to be a torn note.  As you pick it up, the heroine indicates that we must piece it together.  We are presented with an assembly area.  The pieces of the note are on the left and must be put together in the frame on the right.  At the bottom of that frame, there are two arrows.  When you click on a piece, it will turn yellow or is "activated."  You can then use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROWS at the bottom of the frame to turn the activated piece around until it appears to be upright.  With your thumb still pressed on the left-mouse button (the so-called "click-and-hold" technique), drag the piece to the frame on your right.  Hint: It will be easier to assemble the note if you first try to arrange the corner-pieces of the note, as shown below.

 

 

As soon as you correctly place the last piece in the frame, all the pieces will fit together and the heroine will indicate that she will put the note in her scrapbook.  Step out of the close up, open the scrapbook and go to the Documents section where you will find the above note under the heading: "Torn Letter."  The completed note reads as follows:

 

Calais Coach

 

[Diagram with an asterisk and an "R" marking Ratchett's room in the train.]

 

Uniform in Belgrade station washroom.

Pass key in the pocket.  Lots of rooms in the

Athens-Paris Coach will be empty.

Hide in one of them until Brod.  It's about

time the dirty rat

got what's coming to him!

 

            Click on the screen to exit the message.  Step out of the close up.  Return to the corridor.  Click on the footprints-icon at the lower-left portion of the screen to go further left in the train.  Try to enter Athens Room 11 Michel, to find it locked.  Enter Athens Room 10 Engineer.  Step further into the room and pick up the passport from the bedside table.  Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 9 Klaus (the cook).  Click on the suitcase up in the carrier on your right.  As the suitcase is opened for you, click inside to retrieve Klaus's passport.

 

            Return to the corridor and click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to go further left in the train.  Enter the vacant Athens Room 7-8.  Move further into the room and close up on the bedside table.  Click on the silver vase to hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting," in the background.  Step out of this close up and into the one on the two vertical brass-handles left of the heroine.  Click on the left brass-handle to hear Poirot repeat the same remark, indicating the presence of fingerprints in both these cases.  Step out of the close up and toward the front of the room.  Click on the first door on the heroine's right (just left of the brass handles) to enter the bathroom.  Click on the down-arrow to get a close up of the cabinet under the wash basin.  Open the cabinet and pick up the Pliers inside.  Click on the up-arrow to return to the wash basin area.  Click on the left door to return to the vacant room.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter the vacant Athens Room 5-6.  There is nothing of interest in this room, so return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 3-4 Fireman.  Step further into the room and pick up the Fireman's Gloves from the berth on your right and the passport from the bedside table.  Step to the front of the room.  Feel free to check the adjoining bathroom, but there is nothing of interest in there.  Click on the left door to return to the room.  Return to the corridor and, finally, enter Athens Room 1-2 Lucien (the waiter).  Step further into the room, but there is nothing of interest here.  So return to the corridor.  Click on the footprints-icon at the upper-left portion of the screen to move further down the train.  Feel free to check in the bathroom on your right, but there is nothing of interest there.  Click on the door "To Calais Coach," but it is locked.

 

            Move your cursor to the top of the screen and click on the Calais Coach in the sketch of the train, to see the heroine in Ratchett's room (having arrived through the window, of course).  Go all the way to the right of the Calais Coach and click on Michel.  Retrieve the keys to both the Baggage Car and the Athens-Paris Coach from him.  [Check M. Poirot's Instructions, in the Documents section, to see the second objective now crossed out.]  Use the key on the connecting door to the Athens-Paris Coach to unlock it, so that you would be able to use the shortcut (the train's sketch at the top of the screen) to enter that car in the future.

 

There is still something that we need from the Calais Coach, however, so let's check out its rooms while we are here.  Feel free to check the bathroom on your left, but there is nothing of interest there.  Return to the corridor and click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen to move down the corridor.  Enter Calais Room 16 Hardman.  Check the suitcase up on the carrier on the heroine's left and click inside, to retrieve a Leather Sap and hear Poirot's voice in the background: "Regardez, Mademoiselle!"  Step forward in the room and close up on the brief case, on the berth on your left.  Pick up the Typewriter Ribbon.

 

            Return to the corridor and click on the upper-central part of the screen to move further down the corridor.  Try to enter Calais Room 15 Arbuthnot, but it is locked.  So enter Calais Room 14 Princess Dragomiroff.  Click on the suitcase up in the carrier on the heroine's left.  Click inside to find a puzzle box.  Click on that box to start the puzzle.

 

 

Note:   The front of the box is divided into two parts, marked A and B in the above diagram.  The other two movable parts are marked C and D.  If you click on either A or B, a set of four arrows will appear pointing up, down, left and right.  If you click on C, a pair of arrows will appear pointing up and down only.  If you click on D, a pair of arrows will appear pointing to the front and the back of the box.  In order to move a part in a certain direction, you must first click on it (to bring the directional arrows in view) and then, click on the arrow pointing in the direction in which you would like to move that part.  Thus, follow the directions below.

 

  1.  Move A to the RIGHT

  2.  Move B to the LEFT

  3.  Move C UP

  4.  Move A back to the LEFT (closing it)

  5.  Move B back to the RIGHT (closing it)

  6.  Move C further UP

  7.  Move A to the LEFT

  8.  Move B to the RIGHT

  9.  Move A or B DOWN

10.  Move D to the FRONT

 

            The box will open and the heroine will automatically retrieve Dragomiroff's Locket.  Step out of the close ups.  Step further into the room to see Princess Dragomiroff sitting on the berth.  But it would be better to ignore the guests for now because you will not be able to obtain any useful information from them until the heat is restored.

 

Return to the corridor and try to enter Calais Room 13 Count Andrenyi, but it is locked.  Try Calais Room 12 Countess Andrenyi, to find it locked as well.  Click on the footprints-icon appearing in the lower-left corner of the screen to move further down the corridor.   Enter Calais Room 11 Hubbard.  Click on the suitcase up in the carrier on the heroine's right.  Click inside to retrieve a document.  Open your scrapbook, click on Documents, and read the "Chatty Letter."  Click on the letter to put it away, close the inventory and step out of the close-up.  You will find Ms. Hubbard on the berth further inside the room but, for the reasons explained earlier, ignore her for now.  Return to the corridor.

 

            You will find nothing new in Calais Room 10 Ratchett and there is no need to go in Calais Room 9 Poirot either.  So click on the footprints-icon appearing at the bottom of the screen to go further down the corridor.  Enter Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau.  Step forward in the room and pick up Greta's Bible that you will find under the ashtray, on the left side of the bedside table.  Close up on the suitcases up in the carrier on the heroine's left.  Click on Ohlsson's suitcase, but it is locked.  Click on the heroine's suitcase, but she will say that she does not need anything else from it.  Step out of the close up.  Greta is seated on the berth but, again, there is no use talking to any guests at this time.

 

Return to the corridor and enter Calais Room 5-6 Schmidt & Debenham.  Step further into the room.  Ms. Schmidt is seated on the berth but, for the reasons explained earlier, ignore her for now.  Close up on the suitcases up in the carrier on the heroine's right.  Open Schmidt's suitcase and click inside to retrieve a Small Latched Box and hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting."  [But this remark has nothing to do with the presence of fingerprints.]  Step out of the close up and open Debenham's suitcase.  Click inside to retrieve a Dainty Handkerchief and hear Poirot say, "Regardez, Mademoiselle!"

 

            Step out of the close ups and return to the corridor.  Try to enter Calais Room 3-4 MacQueen, but it is locked.  Try Calais Room 1-2 Masterman & Foscarelli, but that is also locked.  Click on the footprints-icon appearing in the upper-left portion of the screen to approach the end of the car.  Feel free to check the bathroom on the heroine's right, but there is nothing of interest in there.

 

            Return to Calais Room 10 Ratchett.  If you haven't done so already, take a moment to examine the items you have not yet examined, using the two-step process described at the beginning of this walkthrough.  When you click on the Eye icon in examining Greta's Bible, the heroine will indicate that she has noted the relevant passage in her scrapbook.  You will find it under the "Bible Passage" in the Documents section of the scrapbook.

 

            When you are done, step out of the inventory and close up on the window.  Click on the footprints-icon to step outside the train.  A brief cutscene follows.  Close up at the heroine's feet.  You will see a footprint, but we can do nothing with it at the moment.  So step out of the close up and click on the footprints-icon appearing in the lower-right corner of the screen to get a full view of where the heroine is standing.  Take two steps to the right to arrive at the front portion of the train.  Click on the Eye icon appearing between the two front wheels of the gray car behind the engine, to get a close up of the damaged area under the car.  Click on the short chain in the top-central section of the screen to hear the heroine's comment.  Step out of the close up and click on the footprints-icon appearing at the back of the engine to enter.

 

            Talk to the engineer.  Feel free to proceed through the dialog as you like.  At the end, the heroine will automatically give Ratchett's False Teeth to the engineer.  Feel free to address the engineer again, but you will not get any useful information.  Pick up a Lump of Coal from the pile behind the heroine.  The engineer will happily allow you to take it.  Click on the Hammer on the heroine's left and the engineer will tell her that he needs it to check the boiler pressure, but that he would let her have it if she can find him an adequate replacement.  So bring out the Leather Sap from your inventory and give it to him.  Take the hammer and step outside.

 

            Take two steps to the left to reach the Calais Coach.  Click on the footprints-icon at the car to get a close up of Ratchett's window.  Click on the footprints-icon at the window to enter Ratchett's room.  Feel free to use the shortcut (the train's sketch at the top of the screen) to go to the Restaurant Car.  Go all the way to the back of the car to reach the connecting door to the Baggage Car.  Use the Baggage Car Key to unlock the door.  Enter the Baggage Car.

 

            You can click on the footprints-icon on either the left or the right of the central panel, to arrive in the same general area.  Close up on the square crate sitting on top of one filled with green vegetables, to the right of the window on your left.  (See Below)

 

 

            Click on the Eye icon on the crate's plain surface and you will hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting," indicating the presence of a fingerprint.  But we don't have all the materials to take any fingerprints yet.  So step out of that close up and into the one on the diagonally-placed, reddish square crate, with a white label on it, in the lower-left portion of the screen.  Close up on the label and click on the plain surface, to hear Poirot say "Quite interesting" again.  Step out of the close up and it will bring you out of the close up on the crate itself.  So close up on that crate again and, this time, click on the hand icon at the top of the crate, to hear Poirot point out the fact that the lid has been secured by four nails.  Use your Hammer to remove those nails; and then, remove the lid and pick up the Bound Snowshoes.  Feel free to replace the lid or just step out of the close up and the heroine will replace the lid automatically.

 

            We now have everything we need to venture out into the woods to see if we can find anything there to help us restore the heat in the train.  Feel free to use the shortcut at the top of the screen to take us into the Athens-Paris Coach.  Go all the way to the back of that car and click on the door "To Exterior of Train" to step outside.

 

            Take two steps to your right, to arrive at a kind of fork: you can go either left or right.  But if you click in either direction, you will hear Poirot warning you that the snow is too deep for you to cross without snowshoes.  So open your inventory and place the Bound Snowshoes and the Pliers, one by one, in the left column of the Gears section.  Click on the gears icon in the middle to retrieve Copper Wire and the (now-unbound) Snowshoes.  Bring out the Snowshoes and click on the heroine to have her put them on.

 

            Go to your right and see the wolf standing in your way.  Bring out the Gun and click on the wolf.  Poirot will comment and the heroine will fire up in the air, frightening the wolf away.  Go to your right.  If you try to go left left, the heroine will inform us that we have reached a dead end.  Pick up the silver-colored Metal Spout that is sticking out of the tree on the left side of your screen (you will find the spout just above the short branch, on the right side of that tree).

 

            Go to your right, and then to your left, to arrive back at the fork in the road.  If you click on the footprints-icon at the bottom of the screen, you will be on your way back to the train.  But we are not done in the woods yet.  So click on the footprints-icon in the upper-left portion of the screen.  Disregard the heroine's rather disparaging remark about being unsure what she expects to find wandering around out here, and move forward by clicking on the footprints-icon in the UPPER-LEFT portion of the screen.  You will see a deer grazing at a distance.

 

Click on the footprints-icon in the lower-left portion of the screen.  Disregard another disparaging remark by the heroine, and go left.  Go left again.  If you try to go further left, the heroine will inform you that you have reached a dead end.  Pick up another silver-colored Metal Spout that is sticking out of the tree on the left side of your screen (you will find this spout on the right side of that tree as well).

 

            Go right.  Then, click on the footprints-icon in the upper-right portion of the screen.  Click on the footprints-icon in the upper-right portion of the screen again, to find another wolf blocking your way.  Bring out the Gun and click on the wolf, to hear Poirot's comment in the background.  Once again, the heroine will shoot in the air, frightening the wolf away.  Go right and click on the Eye icon in the left portion of the screen to get a close up only of lots of ice and snow.  Move your cursor around the bottom-center of the screen until you get a hand icon (you will find it on a hole in a thin stretch of white snow surrounded by ice).  Click on the hand icon to see a cutscene in which the heroine will retrieve a Steak Knife.  Examine the knife using the two-part process described at the beginning of this walkthrough, to find that it is just a knife from the train with nothing remarkable about it.

 

            Click on the footprints-icon in the upper-right portion of the screen to arrive before a hut and hear Poirot's comment in the background.  Approach the hut, to hear another comment by Poirot.  Click on the door icon to get a close up of the front portion of the hut.  The door has a padlock on it and the window is barred.  Click on the Eye icon on the window, to hear Poirot tell you that one of the bars is loose.  Use your Hammer on the window to retrieve an Iron Bar.  Use this Iron Bar on the padlock, to retrieve the Broken Padlock.  Enter the hut.

 

            Pick up the Attendant's Uniform.  Examine it by using the two-part process explained at the beginning of this walkthrough, i.e., place the uniform on the magnifying-glass icon in the right column of the inventory, click and read the information in the box at the bottom of the screen.  Then, click on the Eye icon to retrieve the Second Pass Key.

 

            Move to the other side of the hut.  Pick up the Stiletto sticking out of the seat of the chair.  Examine the Stiletto as well, to learn about the stain of dried blood and a smudge.  [But we don't have all the materials yet to take a fingerprint.]  Use your Pliers to loosen and retrieve a piece of Stove Pipe sticking out of the "antique stove" on your left.  We are done here, so move to the other side of the hut and step outside.  Bring out your Snowshoes and click on the heroine to have her put them on.

 

            Step to your left and then, to your right.  Click on the footprints-icon in the lower-right portion of the screen (to arrive at the spot where you had met the second wolf).  Step to your left and then, click on the footprints-icon in the lower-right portion of the screen (to arrive in the area where you can see the deer in the distance).  Go right, then right again, to reach the fork.  Click at the bottom of the screen and then, go left, to reach the train.

 

            Go all the way up to the front of the train, and close up on the underside of the car just behind the engine.  Attach the Stove Pipe to the damaged section in the top-central portion of the screen.  [Note:  This is where the Fireman's Gloves come in handy.  You do not have to get the heroine to actually put them on, but you will not be able to repair the damaged pipe unless you have the Fireman's Gloves in your inventory.]  A brief cutscene follows, bringing us back into the train and in front of Poirot's room as the heroine announces that the heat has been restored and we must now get on with the murder investigation.  [Check M. Poirot's Instructions, in your scrapbook, to find that the instruction about the heat has been crossed off and a host of new instructions have been added.]

 

            Go to the Salon Car.  Take three steps forward and pick up the Punch Bowl and the Ice Bucket from the counter on your left.  Now go to the Restaurant Car.  Take three steps forward and close up on the large table of food on your left.  Pick up the Blank Menu Cards and the Butter Knife.  Step out of the close up, take another step forward and click on the Kitchen Door on your left.  A short cutscene follows in which the chef rudely tells the heroine that he does not have enough vinegar or olive oil.

 

            Go to the Baggage Car.  Take two steps forward and close up on the clipboard hanging on the left wall.  It is the Cargo Manifest.  Click on the Eye icon to have the heroine read it.  Step out of this close up and into the one on the large barrels on your right.  Bring out a Metal Spout and attach it to the small round opening at the bottom of the Barrel of "White Wine Vinegar" on your left.  Now bring out a Water Glass and place it under the spout, to retrieve A Glass full of Vinegar.  Next, bring out the other Metal Spout and attach it to the small round opening at the bottom of the Barrel of "Salonika Olive Oil" in the middle of the three barrels.  Bring out another Water Glass and place it under the spout, to retrieve A Glass full of Olive Oil.

 

            Return to the Restaurant Car, step forward and click on the Kitchen door on your left.  A cutscene follows in which the heroine will give the vinegar and the olive oil to the chef.  As he storms off, enter the Kitchen.  Open the top drawer on the heroine's left, and retrieve the Turkey Baster.  Close up on the refrigerator, open its door and retrieve the Carafe of Orange Juice.  Step out of the close up and pick up the Meat Cleaver from the cutting board on your right.  Move further in the kitchen and pick up A Bowl Full of Cake Batter from the stove on your left.

 

            Go to Calais Coach and enter Ratchett's Room 10.  Step out of the window and close up at the heroine's feet.  Use A Bowl Full of Cake Batter to fill the footprint with the cake batter.  Use the Ice Tongs to retrieve the Footprint Cast.  Combine the Footprint Cast with the Ice Bucket in the Gears section, as described at the beginning of this walkthrough.  [Note: If you don't put the cast in ice, then it will melt as soon as you re-enter the train, and you will have to go back and make a cast all over again.]

 

            Go left to the back of the train and enter the Athens-Paris car.  Open your inventory and combine the Lump of Coal and the Hammer in the Gears section, to retrieve Coal Dust.  Now fill the Turkey Baster with the Coal Dust by combining them also in the Gears section.  We are now ready to take fingerprints from items, starting with those in our own inventory.

 

           

Note:   You take fingerprints from an object by combining that object, the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust and the Sellotape in the Gears section.  [The idea, of course, is that you are spraying the coal dust on the object with the turkey-baster and then, transferring the print on to the sellotape.]  If a print can be taken, the heroine will announce that she has taken it and filed it.  You can then find that print by clicking on the Fingerprint icon in the right column of the Inventory section.

 

            Using the above method, take the fingerprints from the following four objects:

 

(1) Thick Tumbler

(2) Broken Snowshoes

(3) Broken Padlock

(4) Stiletto

 

            Talk to Matteo.  Exhaust all topics, starting with the top line in the dialog box.  At the end of the conversation, the heroine will take his fingerprint.  [You will not have to do anything but in order for the heroine to ask for and take any fingerprints, you must have the following items in your inventory: Paper Napkins, Typewriter Ribbon, and Blank Menu Cards.  The idea, of course, is that the heroine uses the ribbon to apply ink to the person's finger, transfers the fingerprint to the menu card, and hands the napkin to the person to clean his hand.]  The fingerprint will appear momentarily on the screen and can then be found in the Fingerprint Section by clicking on the Fingerprint icon in the right column of the inventory.  Note also that if you check the Suspects section of your scrapbook, a fingerprint image now appears after Matteo's name, indicating that his fingerprint has been taken.

 

            Feel free to check out the bathroom on your left, but there is nothing of interest there.  So step outside and move further down the corridor.  Enter Athens Room 16 Vacant.  Step further into the room and check the shoe-closet in the upper-right portion of your screen, but it is empty.  So step out of the room and go further down the corridor.

 

            Enter Athens Room 15 Matteo.  Step further into the room and check the shoe-closet in the upper-left portion of the screen.  Bring out the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast from your inventory and click on the pair of shoes inside the closet, to see if the shoes match the footprint-cast; but Poirot's voice tells you that there is no match.

 

So step out of this room and enter Athens Room 14 Vacant.  Check out the shoe-closet at the bottom of the screen (left of the bedside table), to find it empty.  Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 13 Constantine.  Step further into the room and talk to the doctor, only to retrieve his fingerprints.  Check out the shoe-closet in the upper-left portion of your screen and use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the shoes in the closet, only to hear Poirot tell us that the cast does not match these shoes either.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 12 Vacant.  Check out the shoe-closet at the bottom of the screen (left of the bedside table), to find it empty.   Return to the corridor and go left.  Enter Athens Room 11 Michel.  A brief cutscene will follow in which the heroine will retrieve a Small Key from Hardman.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics, starting from the top line in the dialog box.

 

Check Michel's suitcase up on the luggage-carrier on your left.  Click inside, to retrieve Michel's passport and a Family Photograph.  Examine the photograph using the two-step method described at the beginning of this walkthrough.  Step out of the close up and check out the shoe-closet in the upper-left portion of your screen.  Apply the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast to the shoes in the closet, to hear Poirot tell us that the cast does not match these shoes.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 10 Engineer.  Step further into the room and check out the shoe-closet in the upper-right portion of your screen.  Use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the shoes in the closet, to hear Poirot tell us that the cast does not match these shoes either.  So return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 9 Klaus.  Step further into the room and check out the shoe-closet in the upper-left portion of your screen.  Apply the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast to the shoes in the closet, to learn that there is no match.

 

            Step out of the room and go further down the corridor.  Enter Athens Room 7-8 Vacant.  Check out the shoe-closet immediately right of the entrance, to find it empty.  Step further in the room and close up on the bedside table.  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to the flower vase.  The heroine will announce that she has obtained and filed a fingerprint.  Step out of this close up and into the one on the two brass handles in the wall on your left.  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, on the left handle to take a fingerprint from there as well.  Once again, the heroine will announce that she has obtained and filed a fingerprint.  You will now find the fingerprints from both the "flower vase" and the "handle" in the Fingerprint section of the inventory.

 

Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 5-6 Vacant.  Check out the shoe-closet immediately left of the entrance, to find it empty.  Step out into the corridor and enter Athens Room 3-4 Fireman.  Check the shoe-closet immediately right of the entrance.  Apply the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast to the shoes in the closet, to hear Poirot tell us that the cast does not match these shoes.  Return to the corridor and enter Athens Room 1-2 Lucien.  Check out the shoe-closet immediately left of the entrance.  Apply the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast to the shoes in the closet, to learn that there is no match.

 

            Step out of the room and go down the corridor.  Feel free to check out the bathroom on your right, but there is nothing of interest there.  So return to the corridor and enter the Calais Coach.  Talk to Michel, exhausting all topics, starting from the top line of the dialog box.  Feel free to check out the bathroom on your left, but there is nothing of interest there.

 

            Go down the corridor and enter Calais Room 16 Hardman.  Step further into the room and pick up the passport from the bedside table.  This passport identifies Hardman as a salesman.  Close up on the bedside table and then, close up again under the top edge of the table.  Pick up another passport, which identifies Hardman as a P.I. (private investigator).  Pick up Hardman's credentials and examine the card using the two-part method described at the beginning of this walkthrough.  Finally, pick up the taped white packet in the front.  The heroine informs us that she will put it in her scrapbook and examine it later.  Open the scrapbook and check Ratchett's Letter in the Documents section.  Step out of the close ups and check out the shoe-closet on the heroine's right.  Apply the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast to the shoes in the closet, to hear Poirot tell us that the cast does not match these shoes.

 

Step out of the room and go down the corridor.  Enter Calais Room 15 Arbuthnot.  Check the suitcase up on the carrier right of the heroine.  Click inside, to retrieve a Packet of Pipe Cleaners and hear Poirot's comment.  Conduct the two-part examination of the packet.  Step out of the close up and move further into the room.  Talk to the colonel and exhaust all topics, starting with the top line of the dialog box.  As he leaves the room, check out the shoe-closet on your left.  Once again, use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the pair of shoes inside the closet, to learn that there is no match.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter Calais Room 14 Princess Dragomiroff.  Step further in the room and pick up the passport and the Copper Bracelet.  As soon as you pick the bracelet, the heroine will step back and Princess Dragomiroff will walk in.  Talk to her, exhausting all topics as usual.  Then, conduct the two-part examination of the bracelet. 

 

Note:  Since it was obvious that the footprint found outside Ratchett's window was made by a man's shoes, we do not need to check any of the ladies' shoes.

 

Return to the corridor and enter Calais Room 13 Count Andrenyi.  Check out the suitcase up on the carrier on your right and click, to find nothing of interest there.  Step further into the room and check out the shoe-closet on your left.  Use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the shoes inside the closet, to hear Poirot tell us that there is no match.  Step outside the room and enter Calais Room 12 Countess Andrenyi.  Check out the suitcase up on the carrier on your left and click inside, to find nothing of interest there.  But click on the Eye icon on the label in the top-center of the suitcase, to find the initials "H.M.K." inscribed under the label.

 

            Feel free to step further into the room but there is nothing of interest there.  As noted earlier, there is no need to check the ladies' shoes.  So return to the corridor and go left.  Enter

Calais Room 11 Hubbard.  Step further into the room and talk to Mrs. Hubbard, exhausting all topics starting with the top line in the box.  As she leaves, step back to the front of the room and close up on the doorknob to the heroine's right.  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint from the doorknob.  Since we don't need to check any of the ladies' shoes, you can leave the room now.

 

            Enter Calais Room 10 Ratchett, step forward and check out the shoe-closet on your right, but it's empty.  Close up on the window and click on the Eye icon appearing just above the silver handle.  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint from the window sill.  Step out of the room and enter Calais Room 9 Poirot.  Step forward and check out the shoe-closet on your left, but it is also empty.  So leave the room and go further down the corridor.  Enter Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau.  Step forward and talk to Miss Ohlsson, exhausting all topics.  Check out the suitcases up on the carrier on your left.  Close up on Ohlsson's suitcase and click inside, to retrieve a Postcard and hear Poirot say, "Regardez, Mademoiselle!"  Conduct a two-part examination of this postcard.  Then, check out the heroine's suitcase, but she will say that she doesn't need anything from it.  So step out of the close up and return to the corridor.

 

            Enter Calais Room 5-6 Schmidt & Debenham.  Step forward and pick up Debenham's passport from the bedside table.  Talk to Miss Schmidt, exhausting all topics starting with the top line in the dialog box.  Step out of the room and enter Calais Room 3-4 MacQueen.  Step forward and talk to MacQueen, exhausting all topics.  Check out the suitcase up on the carrier on your left, but there is nothing of interest there.  Step back to the front of the room.  Close up on the brief case on your left and click, to hear the heroine say that she has retrieved something that she will put in her scrapbook.  Open the scrapbook and read the "Threatening Letter" and the "Second Threatening Letter," one by one, in the Documents section of the scrapbook.  Check out the shoe-closet on the right of the entrance and use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the shoes inside the closet, to hear Poirot tell you that there is no match.

 

            Return to the corridor and enter Calais Room 1-2 Masterman & Foscarelli.  Move further into the room and talk to Masterman, exhausting all topics.  Check out the suitcases up on the carrier on your right.  Close up on Masterman's suitcase and click inside, to retrieve the Book, Love's Captive and hear Poirot say "Regardez, Mademoiselle!"  Step out of that close up and into the one on Foscarelli's suitcase.  Click inside, to retrieve a Chauffeur's License and hear Poirot say "Et voila!" this time.  Conduct a two-part examination of both the book and the license just retrieved from the two suitcases.

 

Step back to the front of the room and check out the shoe-closet left of the entrance.  Use the Ice Bucket with Footprint Cast on the two pairs of shoes inside the closet.  The pair at the bottom does not match the cast, but the one at the top does.  Be sure to check both pairs of shoes, however; otherwise, you will not be able to report to Poirot later that you have checked all the men's shoes and get points for having done so.  Step out of the room and go further down the corridor.  Feel free to check out the bathroom on your right, to find it locked.

 

            Go to the Salon Car.  Step forward and close up on the colonel, on your left.  Try to talk to him, but he has nothing else to say.  So step out of that close up and into the one on Foscarelli, on your right.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up, take two steps further into the car and talk to Lucien (the waiter) on your left, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up, take another step forward and try to speak with Mrs. Hubbard, on your right.  But she has nothing else to say.  So close up on the Count and the Countess, in the lower-right portion of the screen.  Speak to them, one by one, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up, move forward and close up on Miss Debenham, on your left.  Speak to her, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up.  There is no one in the Restaurant Car, so go to the Baggage Car.

 

            Step forward and close up on the crate (sitting on top of the large one filled with green vegetables) to the right of the window on your left.  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint [listed as "Empty Crate" in the Fingerprint section of the inventory].  Step out of this close up and into the one on the reddish, square crate sitting diagonally in the lower-left portion of the screen.  Close up on the white label in the lower side of that crate and apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint [listed as "Small Crate" in the Fingerprint section of the inventory].  Step out of the close up, move forward and click on Klaus (the chef) to obtain his fingerprint.  You will not get anything else out of him.

 

            Step forward.  Try to open the door behind the heroine, to learn that it is a security door and that it is locked.  Close up on the door-handle and click on the Eye icon to hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting."  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint [listed as "Security Room" (not as a handle or a door handle, as you might expect) in the Fingerprint section of the inventory, no doubt to distinguish it from the fingerprint we took earlier from the brass-handle in one of the compartments.]  Step out of the close up and use the Small Key (that you had obtained from Hardman in Michel's room) on the door.  A brief cutscene follows.  Enter the Security Room.

 

            Close up on the large crate at the bottom of the screen.  Use the Iron Bar to open the lid.  Pick up the Attendant's Uniform lying on the mattress on your left.  Examine it using the two-part process described at the beginning of this walkthrough.  Feel free to click on the mattress, to hear the heroine's comment about the "makeshift bed."  Close up on the books in the lower-right portion of the crate.  The heroine will read the titles of the books.  As she finishes, click on the Eye icon to hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting."  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint [listed as "Books" in the Fingerprint section of the inventory].  

 

Step out of this close up and into the one on the latch at the top-center of the crate.  Click on the Eye icon appearing on the latch, to hear Poirot say, "Quite interesting."  Apply the Turkey Baster Filled With Coal Dust, and then the Sellotape, to obtain a fingerprint [listed as "Ratchett's Crate" in the Fingerprint section of the inventory].   Step out of the close up and click on the stool (with a lamp and dishes on it) behind the books, to hear the heroine's comment.  Step out of the close up on the crate.  The heroine will replace the lid automatically.

 

Close up on the safe in the back of the room.  The clue to the combination was inside the Hat that you had found in Ratchett's room after the murder: "Rev. 13:18."  The reference was, of course, to the Book of Revelations, chapter 13, verse 18.  We have already copied the relevant text from Greta's Bible [listed as the "Bible Passage" in the Documents section of the scrapbook].  Note the "number of the beast" at the bottom of that page: "Six hundred threescore [and] six."  Thus, the combination for the safe is 666.

 

Note the white knob in the center of the dial in the upper-left portion of the safe.  If you click to the left of this knob, the dial will rotate anti-clockwise.  If you click to the right of the knob, the dial will rotate clockwise.  Keeping this in mind, proceed as follows.

 

Step 1: Click to the LEFT of the knob to move the dial anti-clockwise until it reaches 6.

Step 2: Click to the RIGHT of the knob to move the dial clockwise until it reaches 6.

Step 3: Click to the LEFT of the knob to move the dial anti-clockwise until it reaches 6.

 

The heroine will exclaim, "I think I heard a click!"  Click on the horizontal brass-handle on your right, to open the safe.  Pick up the document inside, to hear the heroine say that she will put it in the scrapbook so that she can examine it later.  Open the scrapbook and read Ratchett's Confession in the Documents section.

 

            Step out of the close up and go to the Calais Coach.  Enter Ratchett's Room 10 and step outside the window.  Go right along the train.  You will find the Fireman standing in front of the gray car behind the train's engine.  Click on him to take his fingerprints.  Enter the back of the engine and talk to the engineer, exhausting all topics.  Step outside and go left along the train.  Use Ratchett's window to re-enter the train.

 

            Open your scrapbook and click on Suspects in the Documents section, to find that you are still missing Lucien's passport.  Recall that we couldn't find it when we checked his room.  But when we spoke to him, he told us to get it from his room.  That is when the passport appears.  So go to the Athens-Paris Coach, enter Lucien's room 1-2, and pick up his passport from the bedside table.  You should now have the fingerprints and passports of all the suspects.

 

We must now try to determine the identity of the person(s) whose fingerprints we found on various objects.  So open the Fingerprints section of the inventory.  The fingerprints of the Suspects are at the top of the screen, and those found on objects are at the bottom.  There is a magnifying-glass icon in a box in the center of the screen.  In order to compare the fingerprint of a suspect with that found on an object, scroll through the top row to bring the name of that suspect above the box with the magnifying-glass icon.  Scroll through the bottom row, then, to bring the name of the object below that box.  Then, click on the magnifying-glass icon in the box to see if we have a match.  You should get the following results from the comparison:

 

   1. Thick Tumbler -------- Masterman

  2. Broken Snowshoes --- Colonel Arbuthnot

  3. Padlock ---------------- Matteo

  4. Stiletto ----------------- No Match.*

  5. Flower Vase ----------- Debenham

  6. Handle --- -------------- Colonel Arbuthnot

  7. Doorknob -------------- Ohlsson

  8. Window Sill ----------- Foscarelli

  9. Empty Crate ----------- Foscarelli

10. Small Crate ------------ Foscarelli

11. Security Room -------- Michel

12. Books ------------------ No Match.*

13. Ratchett's Crate ------- MacQueen

 

*Note:  In case of a No-Match, you must align each suspect with that object (Stiletto or Books) and click, to get the heroine to tell you that there is no match.  This can be tedious, I know, but it is the only way to let the computer "know" that we did not get a single match for that object, and to proceed further in the game.

 

            Return to Calais Coach and enter Poirot's Room 9.  Talk to him.  Once again, be sure to click on the left mouse button as the heroine reports to him, or else that "muffled" cutscene can go on indefinitely.  Exhaust all topics, starting with the top line in the dialog box.  At the end of the conversation, Poirot will say, "And so, we advance in our investigations!"  A cutscene will follow, taking us to the next Part of the game.

 

Part Three:  Hercule Poirot Sits Back and Thinks.

 

            Once again, we find the heroine standing outside Poirot's room.  Save your game, enter Calais Room 10 Ratchett, and exit the train through the window.  A cutscene follows.  [You could have also used the door at the back of the Athens-Paris Coach to leave the train, but the same thing would have happened.]  Close up under the bed and pick up the Elegant Parasol.  Step out of the close up and move forward in the hut.  Open the window and click on the Eye icon there to look outside.  Use the Elegant Parasol on the padlock on the door.  Move back to the other side of the hut and step outside.  Pick up the Broken Padlock from the ground in front of the door.  Click on the brown chest on your right, to retrieve your belongings and hear Poirot's comment.  [If you saved the game before exiting the train, compare your earlier inventory with what you just retrieved, to note that the only thing missing is the Small Key (to the Security Room) that you had recovered from Hardman in Michel's room.]

 

            Bring out your Snowshoes and click on the heroine to have her put them on.  We must return to the train, but the blizzard makes it difficult to see very clearly.  Don't worry about that.  Just follow the same directions you took the first time you had returned to the train from the hut.  Thus, step to your left and then, to your right.  Click on the footprints-icon in the lower-right portion of the screen (to arrive at the spot where you had met the second wolf).  Step to your left and then, click on the footprints-icon in the lower-right portion of the screen (to arrive in the area where you had seen the deer in the distance, although that deer is gone now).  Go right, then right again, to reach the fork.  Click at the bottom of the screen and then, go left, to reach the train.  Step into the Athens-Paris Coach.

 

            If you check M. Poirot's Instructions in your scrapbook, you will find that one of them tells you to use the ham radio to get more information about the suspects.  We must fix the radio, however, before we can use it.  So go to and enter Athens Room 16 Vacant.  Step forward and close up on the radio.  Bring out the Punch Bowl from your inventory and place it on your right.  Pour the Carafe of Orange Juice and then, place the Small Statuette, in the bowl.  Next, combine the Copper Bracelet and the Pliers in the Gears section, and place the resulting Bent Copper Bracelet in the bowl as well.  Combine the Butter Knife, Hammer, and Large Nails in the Gears section, and place the resulting Makeshift Telegraph Key on your left.  Finally, combine the Copper Wire and the Pliers in the Gears section, and attach the resulting A Cut Length of Copper Wire to the telegraph key.  Turn on the radio, to find that it is ready to be used.  Click on the telegraph key, however, to learn that we still don't know who to contact.  So turn off the radio and go to Calais Coach.

 

            Go to Calais Room 7-8 Ohlsson & Marceau.  Step further into the room and close up on the luggage-carrier on your left.  Open the heroine's suitcase and click inside, to retrieve the Scarlet Kimono!  Step out of the close ups and go to Calais Room 9 Poirot.  Step further into the room and talk to Poirot.  As before, be sure to click on the left mouse button to get out of that "muffled" cutscene.  Exhaust all topics, starting from the top line in the dialog box.*

 

*Note: When Poirot asks you what does Masterman's book, "Love's Captive," reveal to you, click on "He was in the military!"  Poirot will compliment you with a "Well done!" and you will get a point for this deduction in The Challenge section.

 

After the dialog ends, close up on the luggage carrier on your left.  Click inside the suitcase to retrieve a document.  Read the Letter From Poirot's Friend in the Documents section of your scrapbook.  Step out of the close up.

 

            Go back to Athens Room 16 Vacant.  Close up on the ham radio, turn on the power and click on the telegraph key.  Poirot will compliment and a cutscene will follow.  Exhaust all topics, relaying a lot of questions to Barnaby who will promise to get the answers for us.  After the dialog ends, turn off the power and then, turn it back on again.  Click on the telegraph key and exhaust all topics.  Barnaby will now answer the questions we had asked him the last time.  We will ask an additional question at the end and Barnaby will promise to get the answer to that as well.  So turn off the power and then, turn it back on again.  Click on the telegraph key, ask the question, and Barnaby will give us the answer to that last question as well.  We are done for now.  So at the end of this dialog, turn off the power and step out of the close up. 

 

[Note: You will find the above information the questions that we asked Barnaby and the answers that he provided in the Barnaby Dispatch section of the scrapbook.]

 

            We must now question the suspects.  Note that the train employees either seem to have disappeared somewhere or will not have anything to say to you.  But you can find the guests in the Salon Car and the Restaurant Car.  So go to the Salon Car.  Close up on MacQueen, on your right.  Talk to him and the colonel, one by one, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up and into the one on Foscarelli, on your right.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics as well.  Step out of the close up and take three steps forward.

 

            Talk to Mrs. Hubbard on your right.  Close up on Hardman, in the lower-right portion of the screen.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics.  Then, step out of the close up and move forward in the car.  Close up on Miss Debenham, on your left, and try to talk to her.  But she is not in the mood for conversation.  So step out of the close up and go to the Restaurant Car.

 

            Step forward and close up on Dr. Constantine immediately left of the heroine.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics.  Step out of this close up and into the one on Masterman, on your right.  Talk to him, exhausting all topics again.  Step out of the close up and into the one on the Countess on your left.  Talk to the Count and the Countess, one by one, exhausting all topics.  Step out of the close up and move further into the car.  Close up on Miss Schmidt, on your left, and talk to her.  Step out of that close up and into the one on Princess Dragomiroff, on your right.  Talk to her and then, step out of the close up and move further down the aisle.  Close up on Miss Ohlsson, on your left, and talk to her.  Step out of the close up.  You can try to talk to Lucien, the waiter, but he has nothing further to say.  Take another step forward and feel free to enter the kitchen, on your left.  The chef, Klaus, is by the sink but has nothing useful to say.

 

Warning:  Do NOT try to SAVE in the kitchen with BOTH the heroine and the chef in view because there is a bug in the game here: when you RELOAD, the screen will be black, the footprints-icon will be neither visible nor otherwise functional, and you will see only a dim image of the chef by the kitchen sink.  If you are already experiencing this problem,

Solution:  Move your cursor to the top of screen, and the train's sketch will appear.  Click on any car you like.  That will take you out of the kitchen, and you can then save and proceed without any further problems.

 

            Go and talk to Poirot in Calais Room 9.  As before, click on the left mouse button to get past the "muffled" cutscene.  Exhaust all topics.  Note: When Poirot asks "What course do you suggest?" (i.e., to determine whether Schmidt was in fact the Armstrong cook), select "I will radio to Barnaby," to gain a point in the Challenge section of the scrapbook.

 

After your conversation, go back to the Salon car and close up on Miss Debenham.  She will speak to you now.  Exhaust all topics.  Go to Athens Room 16 Vacant.  Step forward, close up on the radio and turn on the power.  Click on the telegraph key and talk to Barnaby, giving him two more questions to research.  Turn off the power and then, turn it back on again.  Click on the telegraph key, to learn that Barnaby has the information.  Ask your questions and Barnaby will answer.  In the end, Barnaby will ask the heroine for a date.  This marks the conclusion of our interaction with Barnaby.  [You can confirm this by clicking on the telegraph key again and Poirot will say, "We have learned all we can here."]

 

[Note: Once again, you can check the Barnaby Dispatch section of the scrapbook to review the questions that we asked Barnaby and the answers that he provided.]

 

Go and talk to Poirot again in Calais Room 9, to present your final report.

 

Note: After this conversation, you can interrupt the sequence of events that follows only by asking Poirot for a moment to decide.  While it is hard to tell how your performance is actually assessed at the end of the game, an interruption during that sequence of events might have a bad effect on that assessment.  So it might be best to avoid an interruption then and interrupt the present dialog instead by clicking on the last sentence (thanking M. Poirot or something) before exhausting all topics.  You can then check your own progress in the Challenge section of the scrapbook.  Note also that, after you click on the topic: "I have all the pieces, all that remains is for me to assemble them properly," Poirot will ask you to imagine under what other conditions an assembly of so many classes and nationalities of people is likely to take place.  Click on "In America?"  Apparently, you will not get any points in the Challenge section of the scrapbook for choosing this answer on your very first attempt but, again, it might have some affect on the final assessment of your performance.

 

A brief cutscene will follow the above conversation.  Poirot will then present three possible solutions: the first one was devised for the Yugoslavian police; the second one reflects a mastermind's plot; and the third one explains facts that even the mastermind did not know.  In presenting these solutions, Poirot will prompt us to supply the missing information.  A shortcut reference to those questions and their correct answers is given below.

 

Re: The First Solution

 

1.  Threats from an unknown enemy:  Threatening Letter.

2.  Detective Ratchett hired to protect himself:  Hardman.

3.  Description fits only two men in the train: Matteo & Constantine.

4.  Enemy came aboard the train in 1 of 2 ways: Door left unbolted by MacQueen.

5.  Disguise: Attendant's Uniform.

6.  Dosage: confirmed by Masterman.

7.  Murder weapon: Stiletto.

8.  Evidence that killer had planned to leave at the next station: Torn Letter.

9.  Killer hid himself in: Shepherd's Hut.

 

Re: The Second Solution

 

 1.  Ratchett met his end at:  1:15 a.m.

 2.  Under what conditions is such an assembly of people likely?  In America.

 3.  The nine passengers connected to the Armstrong case:

 

                (i)  Countess Andrenyi

               (ii)  Colonel Arbuthnot

              (iii)  Debenham

              (iv)  Princess Dragomiroff

               (v)  Foscarelli

              (vi)  Macqueen

             (vii)  Masterman

            (viii)  Ohlsson

              (ix)  Schmidt

               (x)  None of the above

 

  4.  Who had said that the trial-by-jury was a sound system?  Col. Arbuthnot.

  5.  Which of the given clues point to the First solution?  All of them.

  6.  Suggestion of Hardman's complicity: when he said the snow was bright.

  7.  Uncle's name: M. Ferrier.

  8.  Real murder weapon: Steak Knife.

  9.  2 so-called clues in dead man's compartment: Pipe Cleaner & Handkerchief.

10. Clue found in Shepherd's Hut with incriminating fingerprints: Broken Padlock.

11.  Red-herring which was red but not a herring: Scarlet Kimono.

 

Re: The Third Solution

 

1.  Independent witness who saw a small, dark person boarding the train: the Engineer.

2.  Clues associated with the crate: Second Attendant's Uniform.

 

Note: If you like, you can ask Poirot for a moment to decide before giving the above final answer.  You can then check the Challenge section of the scrapbook to review your own progress before Poirot gives his overall assessment of your performance.

 

            After presenting the three solutions, Poirot will pause to review the heroine's progress.  But he will not indicate any scores, only compliment.  He will then ask the heroine to choose the "correct" solution (i.e., the one that should be presented to the authorities) from the three that he presented.  But you don't have to worry about that because it will in fact be the heroine, not we, who will make that decision.  So feel free to click on the three choices in the dialog box in any order you prefer.  And then,

 

Sit back and enjoy the ending!

 

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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

 

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