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Strange animation!

  • Dec 24, 2006
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I couldn't wait to start this game: the box is beautiful and I had a vision of beautiful graphics and beautiful people renditions! The romantic Orient Express- a perfect getaway! The scenes of the train itself are wonderfully done and you really feel you're in first class on the famous luxury express. But-here's the problem. The characters, with the exception of M. Poirot, look like they were created by amateurs. (The voices are perfect-after all you have the definitive Hercule, David Suchet, as the voice of the detective). However, Antoinette Marceau, who is sleuthing under the direction of Poirot, looks like she's made of silly putty. She is long and tubular in shape with long heavy arms and awkward gestures. The closeups of her face while she's talking are really hideous. Her lips look like they're writhing rather than forming words and there is no synchrony at all between what she says and what her mouth is doing. The lack of effective "talking" is apparent in all the many characters, although as I said, Poirot is better than the others. And was it really necessary for Antoinette to climb into bed fully clothed in the blue suit she wears apparently night and day? After all Poirot appears in pajamas after he sprains his ankle. Game creators should realize that people notice things like that.

As a comparison, I am simultaneously playing "Nancy Drew- The Final Act." The two games are both from The Adventure Company. In the Nancy Drew piece the characters are nevertheless very well coordinated, and very natural looking and talking.

Although the searching for items in "Murder on the Orient Express" gets to be a bit annoying, as other reviewers have pointed out, I don't mind the contrived ending or the introduction of Antoinette as the active sleuth hound. The game is worth playing as a presentation of a world that has disappeared forever.Incredibly, there are going to be gamers of the younger generations who have never been on a train! However, the people figures in my estimation, are so bad that I could only give this presentation three stars.

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The world-famous mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, comes alive in this all-new exciting video game adaptation. Murder on the Orient Express is filled with spectacular twists-and-turns and also includes a surprise ending that is different from the original novel. Aboard the historic train, as Antoinette, a new character introduced in the game, you must help the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot solve the puzzling murder of Mr. Ratchett. Is the victim really who he claimed to be? What motive would any of the passengers have that would bring them to commit this heinous crime? It’s up to YOU to find out!
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