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The Orient Express-3D CD is an engagingly fun and challenging puzzle involving the assembly of three cars of the Orient Express. The puzzle portion of the game was every bit as addictive as the real thing without the frustration of lost pieces or having to sacrifice the dining/classroom table to a noble, seemingly endless cause (Definitely a plus from the parent standpoint or those with a fastidious nature!) After completing sections of the train they are then transferred to the construction site and assembled on a wire frame. Many helpful extras like trays, magnifiers, snapshots, rotational tools, and more are at your disposal and aide in the assembly process.
In the next sequence of the program a gypsy fortuneteller narrates and weaves a mysterious storyline. She invites players to help solve a mystery involving various passengers as they investigate the interior of the train. A variety of audio, visual, and mental mind teasers present themselves in the form of the code game, jazz game, marquetry game, and the prophecy game. Players see brief animated clips of passenger interactions on the Orient Express which present clues to assist in solving the riddles. Historic tidbits about the train itself are injected occasionally. All add to the program's invitingly mysterious aura.
Puzz 3D The Orient Express is a complex program. However it offers the participants support with both a well-written user guide and provides them with useful optional tools within the program. These tools include: smart pieces (unmatched pieces resist each other), no rotation (pieces are all correctly oriented), presorting, no overlap, tray for sorting, three magnification levels, snapshots, and 3-D guides. Once the player familiarizes himself with these, navigation through the assembly phase is fairly intuitive and gratifying. Solving the riddles presented in the second phase of the program require the persistence of the truly inquisitive and may not be everyone's cup of tea.
PC: Windows 95 or higher, Pentium 133 Mhx (200 Mhz recommended) 60 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM , 640x480 16-bit colors display; DirectX certified video driver, 2X CD-ROM drive, Direct Sound compatible. .return to top of page
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