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  • Summary: Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express beckons travelers to climb aboard a luxury train and become part of a murder mystery where the player and Hercule Poirot must rely on their superior detective skills to find the killer in a heinous murder. The game remains true to the style and tone of the novel, but a surprising new ending will keep players at the edge of their seats. Agatha Christie fans will be delighted to know that Actor David Suchet will play the vocal role of Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot – a role Suchet made famous through his well-known portrayals of the character in an array of television appearances over the past 20 years. [DreamCatcher Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. If you have read the book, you should still enjoy the game and appreciate both the faithfulness to its source material and the liberties taken with the material. If the game is your first exposure to MOTOE, then it is most likely inevitable that you will then want to read the book.
  2. Looking back at MOTOE, I had mixed reactions. On the one hand, the game is unusual in its setting, very well-produced, full of rich and enticing atmosphere. Yet, on the other hand, it's very linear, full of repetitive busy work, and really seems more like an interactive novel than a game where your actions can impact the game world and possible outcome.
  3. The production values of the game are just fine. The train looks authentic, the voice acting is believable, and there are several quality cinematic sequences sprinkled throughout the investigation. But what you do in the adventure isn’t all that fun or exciting, and so I’m not exactly sure who would enjoy it.
  4. Save yourself the tedium and just read the novel. [Mar 2007, p.72]
  5. The newest Agatha Christie adventure game suffers from monotonous tasks and contrived plot twists that drag it down to mediocrity.
  6. Poirot is the strongest and best performed character, which makes his background role a great mistake. Competently built, OE is too often directionless, but most of all, dull. Dull, dull, dull. In conclusion: dull.
  7. Go buy the book, it'll last longer, give you more joy and won't make you feel like your brain's leaking out of your ears. [Mar 2007, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. AdamB.
    Dec 2, 2006
    10
    Wonderful game, great characters and voice work. Suchet was marvoulous as Poirot.
  2. SherlockH.
    Feb 6, 2007
    8
    Adventure gamers rejoice, a new dawn has arrived in the form of a great string of releases from the Adventure Company. Orient Express takes a great story from the mistress of mystery and tweaks it slightly to enable the player to go through the game as a new character in an existing script. The result is brilliant, enthralling escapism at it's best. The visuals have come a long way from pixelated King Graham, so you will feel up to date, and not cringing at polygons. The interface is logical with all the things you would expect in a game by now. Double click for run, right click for inventory, the ability to cut the voice over text short; autrement dit, you will not be banging your head on the wall due to poor controls. Okay, here's where the points get taken away. The puzzles are less than challanging in this game. The Adventure Company seems to be marketing this in the stream of the Nancy Drew audience. You will be able to knit several pairs of tuques whilst completing the most difficult puzzles with your feet. On the plus side, you won't ever be stumped, and the story flow, by consequence, is uninterrupted and engrossing. Myst-ers out there will be bored to tears, but those who enjoy a great story, good visuals, and logical flow, will be in store for a great game. Expand
  3. AngelSpy
    Dec 5, 2006
    5
    Talking, talking, talking. It is so boring. Puzzles voices characters everything is very good but all are not giving fun just because of too much talking in the game. If there were less talking it could get 10. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    Jul 24, 2007
    4
    Gave it a 4 for good voice acting and good graphics, but for rest of the game. Boo!