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And Then There Were None Spoilers

Welcome to the new Computer Game Spoilers section of my gaming website. I added this section because I recently received questions about the plots of two different games which, to my surprise and embarrassment, I had totally forgotten the answers to. Then, to my further surprise, I was unable to find any existing website that would refresh my memory about the plots of computer games... lots of puzzle solutions, but no basic plot summaries.

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So I figured I'd better write some of them down while they're still fresh in my mind, just in case I or anybody else wants to refer to them at some point in the future (or in case anybody suffers a major game glitch and just wants to know what was supposed to happen in the end-- I get letters like this from time to time.) If you haven't finished And Then There Were None yet and you don't want the plot of this game to be revealed to you, then you don't want to read this page. Please go back to my main And Then There Were None page, where I give tips and reviews without giving away any of its plot.

But if you are looking for plot spoilers, just scroll further down the page to find them!

Plot Summary

The setup and basic plot of this game is based on the classic Agatha Christie play "And Then There Were None." As in the play, ten people are invited to a remote island by a mysterious man called "U.N. Owen" and accused of various crimes for which they had never been brought to justice, then murdered one by one according to the lyrics of a well-known British children's rhyme. The last two victims turn out to be innocent of the crimes they were accused of and manage to escape, falling in love in the process. (The novel version is grimmer, with all ten victims dying.) In Christie's original story, the murderer is revealed to be Justice Wargrave, a sociopath with a quixotic sense of justice who only wants to torment and murder criminals; once he has finished killing the other nine characters (faking his own death along the way,) he commits suicide. In the computer game, however, a different villain was chosen from among the cast of characters to keep the plot interesting for people who have already read the book. Also, an eleventh character, Patrick, is introduced to serve as the player's own character. Eventually Patrick manages to reveal the new villain, an actress called Gabrielle Steele who has been posing as Emily Brent. She set the whole thing up in order to get revenge on Justice Wargrave. Patrick has the opportunity to save the two innocent characters, and in the end, Gabrielle accidentally hangs herself in particularly implausible fashion.

Game Endings

There are four different endings you can achieve in this game, depending on whether Patrick manages to save Lombard and Vera (the two innocent characters.)

Ending #1: If Patrick does not save either character, then you get a relatively grim ending where he begins a life as a fugitive (since he fears the police would blame him for the murders.)

Ending #2: If Patrick saves Lombard from the explosion but Vera is killed, then Patrick and Lombard escape from the island together planning to provide evidence to the authorities-- but Vera's death saddens them both.

Ending #3: If Patrick stops Gabrielle from shooting Vera but Lombard is killed, then Patrick and Vera escape from the island together planning to provide evidence to the authorities. They both feel a little bad about Lombard, but it doesn't stop them from starting up a romance.

Ending #4: If Patrick saves both Lombard and Vera, then the three of them escape from the island together planning to provide evidence to the authorities. Vera and Patrick begin a romance, which Lombard gives his blessing to, and they all live happily ever after.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Patrick Narracott (the PC): Patrick's brother Fred was framed by the crooked detective Blore for a crime he didn't commit. If either Vera or Lombard survive the game, they promise to help Patrick clear Fred's name with the evidence Blore provided earlier. Patrick and Lombard both take an interest in Vera; if Vera survives she begins a romance with Patrick.

Anthony Marston: Reckless driver who killed two kids in a hit and run accident. The first to die, killed by poison ("choked his self.")

Ethel Rogers: Cook who went along with her husband Thomas' scheme to kill their previous employer. Second to die, killed by a sleeping draught ("overslept himself.")

General John Mackenzie: War hero who had his wife's adulterous lover killed many years ago. Third to die, fell to his death ("stayed in Devon.")

Thomas Rogers: Butler who plotted to kill his previous employer by withholding her medicine, in hopes of inheriting money from her (which he did not.) Fourth to die, hacked to death with an axe ("chopped himself in halves.")

Emily Brent: Fundamentalist spinster who drove her pregnant-out-of-wedlock maid to suicide. Supposedly the fifth to die, of a fatal allegic reaction ("a bumblebee stung one.") In reality, she was just a disguise for the villain Gabrielle Steele, who faked her own death and is actually the last to die. Her original motive behind the murders is to punish Justice Wargrave for sentencing the man she loved to the death penalty; she has also apparently gone a little mad in the years since.

Justice Wargrave: Merciless judge who gave an innocent man the death penalty. He tried to fake his own death as he did in the play ("one got in Chancery,") but Gabrielle found him out and killed him later.

Dr. Armstrong: Alcoholic doctor who caused the death of a patient by operating while drunk. He was drowned in the sea ("a red herring swallowed one.")

William Blore: Corrupt private eye who framed an innocent man for murder. He also framed Patrick's brother for a crime he didn't commit. He was bludgeoned to death with a bear statue ("a big bear hugged one.")

Philip Lombard: Soldier of fortune who left a band of natives to their deaths in Africa. In fact, the real Lombard is already dead and his friend Charles Morley, who was innocent of the crime, has taken his place. He dies in an explosion ("frizzled up"), unless Patrick manages to save him.

Vera Claythorne: Beautiful young woman accused of killing a young boy in her care so that her fiance could inherit the family fortune. In fact, she is innocent of this crime (her fiance acted alone.) She is intended to die by hanging ("he went and hanged himself") but Gabrielle ends up shooting her instead, unless Patrick manages to prevent it.

U.N. Owen: There is no such person; this was just another alias used by Gabrielle Steele.

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