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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.
The Last Express is a very well-made game, created with love and unprecedented attention to detail. After long and hard thought, I decided to give it an A-. The graphics and sound quality is excellent and certainly deserves an A. The story is quite interesting too, although it's easy to miss some details. But the gameplay is a bit too unorthodox for my liking, which accounts for the minus. Still, The Last Express is a quality game and a classic.
With a long playing time, and loads of intrigue, this game is a sure bet for history buffs and casual fans.
THE LAST EXPRESS successfully combines intrigue, suspense, tragedy, and romance in a rich, exciting historical drama. With gameplay this engrossing, players won't miss the likes of Agatha Christie or James Bond from the Orient Express passenger list. Mechner and his huge team have enriched this game with superb graphics, sound effects, music, and a well-told, well-acted story. For a satisfying and genuinely dramatic interlude, get aboard THE LAST EXPRESS.
Jordan Mechner's development group has made an auspicious debut: it's a genuine pleasure to come across a game that's as smart, elegant, and well-crafted as The Last Express. With its classy, period look and challenging gameplay, it will satisfy all but those adventure gamers who do not enjoy playing in real time. Sure, it's not quite the same as traveling on the real Orient Express, but it's still a great ride. And it costs a lot less.
The graphics are stunning and resemble hand-drawn cell animation although, at times, they look a bit blurred and indistinct when characters move. Cut-scene movies, however, are believable without being in the least cartoon-like. The majority of the time, the realistic visual style makes it easy to become immersed in the game. Although The Last Express does have a few drawbacks, it's a compelling and absorbing story fraught with danger and intrigue. With stunning graphics and a complex plot, The Last Express is a game you won't soon forget.
All in all, The Last Express is an impressive twist on the adventure game, and it's gorgeous. If you're accustomed to playing shooters, you may find the action slow, but if you regret never riding the Orient Express and enjoy the pace of train travel, you will relish this trip.