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The Last Express

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EXPRESS1.cdr_.sit (412.97 MB)
MD5: bfb7091106e03bf0a8b19f3bae7bd4b0
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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EXPRESS2.cdr_.sit (455.10 MB)
MD5: 8587ab9179ac9ee277c801963b28a9a3
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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EXPRESS3.cdr_.sit (447.47 MB)
MD5: d65471b56e9563fe86cdbea8ae44c412
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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Guides on emulating older games

"The Last Express is a video game created by Jordan Mechner and Smoking Car Productions, published in 1997. It is an adventure game that takes place on the Orient Express, days before the start of World War I. It is noted as being one of the few video games that attempts to realistically simulate real time. The game was a commercial disappointment, despite receiving many positive reviews and a positive post-release response."

This Download works with DOS, Windows 95/98 and Mac OS 7.0 to 9.2.2 Buy Links:
The Last Express (Interplay, Windows 95 / 98, Mac OS 9 and below)
The Last Express (Broderbund, Windows 95, PowerMac, DOS) Buy Links:
The Last Express - Retro Games (EuroVideo, Windows XP/Vista/7)
Last Express. 3 CD- ROMs für Windows 95, Mac ab 7.1.2, DOS ab 6.0. Deutsche Version
(Leisuresoft, Windows 95, DOS, Mac)

Other Buy Links: (Windows XP/Vista/7 Remake)
iTunes/The-Last-Express by, for iPhone & iPad.

"Set on the Orient Express in 1914, the player takes on the role of Robert Cath, an American doctor on the train's final journey from Paris to Constantinople (modern Istanbul) before World War I. Cath, already wanted by French police as he is suspected of the murder of an Irish police officer, is contacted urgently by his old friend Tyler Whitney, to join him on the Orient Express, gateway to the East, and a possible exit from all his troubles. Cath boards the train via a motorcycle and looks for Whitney, who is already on board. However, from the moment he steps onto this luxurious train, Cath becomes involved in a maelstrom of treachery, lies, political conspiracies, personal interests, romance and murder.

The game has 30 characters representing a cross-section of European forces at the time, including Serbian freedom fighters, a German arms dealer, a Russian anarchist, a suspicious Austrian concert violinist, a Persian eunuch and his private harem, a mysterious art collector and others. As the train races east, the player must stay alive while interacting with these characters, which includes eavesdropping on conversations, sneaking into compartments and defusing a bomb. The story is non-linear, with the player's actions (and failures to act) determining the course of the story; as a result, the game's script is an extraordinary 800 pages long."

"The Last Express is unique for taking place in almost complete real-time, albeit accelerated by a factor of six. The player can also rewind and occasionally fast-forward time at will. The game begins at 7:14 p.m. on July 24, 1914, and ends at 7:30 p.m. on July 27 (if the player has reached the proper ending). The only events during which the game does not proceed in real-time are times when Cath is sleeping or unconscious, as well as a few cutscenes. One of the game's most notable uses of this technique during a concert, in which two of the non-player characters perform a piano/violin duet that lasts approximately twenty minutes of real-time: the player character is free to sit down and enjoy the music, or move as he pleases. The game's some thirty characters have their own artificial intelligence and individual agendas, moving around to accomplish their goals, or changing their plans due to player intervention. In this way, the game has a higher replay value than a similar-length linear game, with no two playthroughs exactly alike. Additionally, the game features multiple endings; about thirty are 'fatal', in which Cath is killed or arrested, and four are 'non-fatal' endings, of which only one is considered to be the proper ending."

Architecture: PPC

Minimum requirements Mac:
PowerPC, Mac OS 7, 16MB RAM, 640x480 resolution and thousands of colors.

Minimum requirements DOS:
i486DX2@66MHz, DOS 6.0, 8 MB RAM, SVGA/VESA Graphics adapter, 4x CD-ROM.

Minimum requirements W95:
Pentium, Windows 95, 8 MB RAM, SVGA/XGA (640x480),


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by IIGS_User - 2012, October 9 - 4:13pm

So far I've concealed that I could offer German version as well. Wink

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by IIGS_User - 2012, September 27 - 3:52pm

I own original english version. All files are too large for internal upload.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 4 - 1:18pm

This looks *really* interesting despite the contemporary bad reviews. Can't afford the bandwidth for a 1.5 GB DL right now, tho. Will need to wait a few weeks Sad Tongue Life's a b*tch down this end of the drip feed!

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by Bolkonskij - 2010, September 11 - 2:42pm

I've been waiting for this one to come up. A few month ago bought a version on ebay (for adding to my personal collection and MacGarden) but it turned out that disc 2 was so scratched that none of my Macs could read it anymore. Thanks to you I'm now able to get the missing disc 2 - Thumbs up! Smile