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  • Acclaimed Flop: Received high praise for its writing, character development, and intricate-yet-flexible storyline, but only sold 100,000 copies, 1 million short of breaking even. This was mostly due to Brøderbund not marketing the game AT ALL, part of which was probably because Brøderbund's entire marketing staff had quit a month before the game's release.
  • Development Hell: A film version directed by Paul Verhoeven was announced some time ago but seems to have stalled.
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  • Doing It for the Art - The "making of" video shows how painstaking they were about accuracy, the quality of the live art nouveau animation, the intricate-yet-flexible storyline, and the depth of characterization right down to individual reactions to meeting the protagonist in the corridor.
  • Stillborn Franchise: The Last Express hints at an awesome sequel in which both the significance of Cath's ring and the reason behind his all-consuming drive to get to Jerusalem will be revealed. The suggestion that the 13th tribe of Israel may be involved somehow makes it all the more tantalizing. These would all be spoiler tagged but there will never be a sequel, so we will never know what happened.
  • What Could Have Been: Jordan Mechner wrote a script for a prequel movie called Red Serpent, but abandoned it to give himself more time to work on the game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
  • The number of stations the train stops at in the game correspond with the real Orient Express route:

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    • Paris (7:14 pm)
    • Épernay (9:16 pm)
    • Chalons-sur-Marne (9:41 pm)
    • Bar Le Duc (10:45 pm)
    • Nancy (12:08 am)
    • Luneville (12:44 pm)
    • Avricourt (1:12 am)
    • Deutsch Avricourt (1:18 am)
    • Strasbourg (3:36 am)
    • Baden Oos (4:30 am)
    • Karlsruhe
    • Stuttgart
    • Geislingen
    • Ulm (8:25 am)
    • Munich (10:18 pm)
    • Salzburg (12:45 pm)
    • Attnang-Puchheim (1:57 pm)
    • Wels (2:23 pm)
    • Linz (2:55 pm)
    • Amstetten
    • Vienna (6:00 pm)
    • Pozsony (8:08 pm)
    • Galanta (8:47 pm)
    • Budapest
    • Belgrade
    • Nish
    • Tzaribrod
    • Sofia
    • Adrianople
    • Constantinople (7:30 pm)
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