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Murder on the Orient Express 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 Murder on the Orient Express 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 Murder on the Orient Express 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

Except for one twist at the very end, the plot of this game very closely follows the classic Agatha Christie novel Murder on the Orient Express. As in the book, a traveler on board the crowded Orient Express train is stabbed to death and the detective Hercule Poirot must determine which of his twelve traveling companions is responsible for the murder. The solution turns out to be all of them... the murdered man is actually a notorious underworld criminal named Cassetti responsible for a shocking, high-profile child murder case loosely based on the Lindbergh baby's kidnapping, and all the other people on board (except for Poirot) are the disguised loved ones of the child and the other innocent people killed during that crime, who have banded together to avenge themselves. After learning all the facts, even Poirot can't help feeling sympathetic towards the wronged family and fibs to allow the blame to be placed on some unknown mafia associate of Cassetti's.

The extra plot twist in the game version is that Pierre Michel, who was supposed to be the uncle of the nurse-maid who died during the kidnapping and its aftermath, turns out to actually be Robert Perkinson, the criminal colleague of Cassetti's at whose house the kidnap victim, Daisy, was being held. When Cassetti gunned down Daisy in the yard, he fled without realizing that he had accidentally shot Perkinson's daughter Teresa instead. The upshot of all these contrivances is that Daisy is actually still alive-- Mrs. Perkinson escaped with her and raised her in her daughter's place-- and a tearful reunion can take place.

Yes, this is a little silly, but honestly, it's no more silly than the other slightly-happier endings Agatha Christie tacked onto some of her novels for theatrical performances.

Character Subplots and Secrets

Antoinette Marceau (the PC): A resourceful train attendant who serves as Poirot's stand-in during this adventure. She has no backstory or anything.

Hercule Poirot: World-famous Belgian detective, sidelined for the course of this adventure by a twisted ankle. He has plenty of backstory but none of it comes into play during this game.

Samuel Ratchett: The dead man. Very soon into the story, it becomes apparent that this is an alias. In fact, he is the underworld criminal Cassetti, who (among other crimes) kidnapped and killed three-year-old Daisy Armstrong and caused the deaths of her parents and nursemaid.

Caroline Hubbard: Ostensibly an annoying American tourist, but this is also an alias. She is in fact the actress Linda Arden, mother of Sonia Armstrong and grandmother of Daisy. (Sonia, Daisy's mother, died of shock when the girl was murdered.) She is also the mastermind behind the conspiracy to kill Cassetti for his crime.

Countess Elena Andrenyi: Ostensibly a British noblewoman, but she is actually Sonia's younger sister Helena (daughter of Linda and aunt of Daisy.) She is also the only one of the group not to physically take part in the murder, since her husband chose to do this job for her. The red kimono belongs to her, though.

Count Rudolf Andrenyi: A Hungarian diplomat, husband of Helena. He is involved in the plot only through chivalry, not wanting his wife to have to do the stabbing herself.

Colonel Arbuthnot: He was a close friend of Colonel Armstrong (Daisy's father) when they were in the army together. Colonel Armstrong committed suicide after the deaths of his daughter and wife. Colonel Arbuthnot also seems to have struck up a romance with Mary.

Mary Debenham: She was Daisy's governess, one of several household servants left distraught by the little girl's murder. She also seems to have struck up a romance with Colonel Arbuthnot.

Princess Natalia Dragomiroff: A Russian noblewoman. She was the godmother of Sonia, who died after Daisy's murder, and also a close friend of Linda's.

Greta Ohlsson: She was the Armstrong family's nurse, one of several household servants left distraught by the little girl's murder. They were evidently a very close-knit household.

Antonio Foscarelli: He was the Armstrong family's chauffeur, one of several household servants left distraught by the little girl's murder.

Cyrus Hardman: A private investigator who Cassetti hired as a bodyguard. In reality, he is also one of the conspirators. He was in love with Susanne, Daisy's nursemaid who was falsely accused of collaborating with the kidnappers and killed herself in despair. Hardman is the one who finally tracked down Cassetti's new identity and contacted Linda with it.

Edward Masterman: Ratchett/Cassetti's valet. In reality, he was also one of the conspirators. He was the Armstrong family's valet, one of several household servants left distraught by the little girl's murder.

Pierre Michel: He was the uncle and guardian of Susanne, Daisy's nursemaid whose life was destroyed by the kidnapping. However, as mentioned above, Michel's place was taken by Robert Perkinson, who wanted revenge on Cassetti for killing his own young daughter Teresa. After confessing his role in the kidnapping and reintroducing Daisy to her family and friends, Perkinson is forgiven by the others.

Hector McQueen: Ratchett/Cassetti's secretary. In reality, he was also one of the conspirators. He was Colonel Armstrong's batman (personal assistant) in the army. He develops a little crush on Antoinette as the plot moves on.

Hildegarde Schmidt: She was the Armstrong family's cook, one of several household servants left distraught by the little girl's murder.

Dr. Constantine: He is not related to the conspiracy or the plot, serving mostly to explain medical information that Antoinette would have no way of knowing. He turns out to be a veterinarian, which Antoinette is incensed by for some reason, but Poirot rightly thinks she's being silly (a veterinarian is just as likely to know the basics about stab wounds as an oncologist is, really.)

Matteo, Klaus, Lucien, the Engineer, and the Fireman: These are additional train employees introduced for the game. They are not related to the conspiracy or the plot, only serving as sources of objects to solve inventory puzzles with.

Daisy Armstrong: A little girl supposedly kidnapped and killed by Cassetti ten years ago, whose death tore the Armstrong family apart. In this version of the story, Daisy was actually rescued by Robert Perkinson's wife after their own daughter was accidentally shot by Cassetti instead, and the Perkinsons raised her as their own daughter. At the end of the final cutscene, Robert brings the now 13-year-old girl out for an emotional reunion with her grandmother and the rest of her childhood family and friends.

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