Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Film Adaptation of Mystery Adventure Game The Last Express may be in Development

The Last Express
More information about the game

The folks over at /Film have speculated that Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers), who said in an interview that he was "working on a movie now that is … situated in 1914, basically, Indiana Jones-ish you could say, but also Hitchcockian" and adapted from another medium, may be working on a film adaptation of the video game The Last Express.

Released in 1997, the storyline in the game is thought to be loosely based on Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film The Lady Vanishes. The artwork and characters are drawn in an art nouveau style, and the setting is the Orient Express, both of which evoke Agatha Christie. Unfortunately, the game received very little marketing at the time as the publisher was acquired by another company and its game division shut down.

More information about the game can be found on designer Jordan Mechner's website.

About The Last Express (from the publisher): Paris, 1914. The world is on the brink of war and your life is about to change forever.

You are Robert Cath, a young American who is urgently summoned by his friend Tyler Whitney to join him on the train departing the Gare de l'Est, Paris, 24 July for Constantinople.

Arriving late, you are overcome with the heavy feeling of danger. Something has gone terribly wrong. Before you can grab hold of your senses, the adventure overtakes you, and you are plunged into a world of suspense, romance, international intrigue, and murder.

The Last Express allows you to move freely through the rich and detailed 3D environment of the world's most luxurious train, circa 1914, during its final European crossing prior to the outbreak of WWI.

Gameplay involves interacting with characters, exploring objects, engaging in action sequences and uncovering multiple story threads -- with your perspective shifting from 1st person to 3rd person for maximum dramatic effect.

The fluid, constantly-changing way the other characters react to you -- and the fact that the train moves relentlessly onward -- creates a sense of real-time suspense and unpredictability beyond that of a traditional adventure game.

Information gained is used to piece together a series of interrelated puzzles which advance you through the story. If you are clever enough, you ultimately discover the shocking secrets of The Last Express ... before it's too late!

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