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New Agatha Christie Mystery for PCs

Techstination feature for Monday, November 20, 2006

A new Agatha Christie mystery….on your PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The Adventure Company is out with its second Agatha Christie title for PCs……Murder on the Orient Express. It follows the successful release last year of And Then There Were None. Game designer Lee Sheldon says solving the mystery in the game is not as easy as reading the end of the novel….

"Particularly because the book is in the box. It's easy to go look at the last chapter of the book. But that won't particularly help you play the game. I've tried in both cases to do a game that is in the spirit of Agatha Christie and in the spirit of that particular book. And in And Then There Were None, of course, it could have been any of the people on the island. I was able to talk the owners of the license into letting me change the killer. In this one, it's another famous solution. So I've remained faithful, I think to that solution and the novel. And in the film version there were two solution propounded by Hercule Poirot. In our case, I've added a third one."

And the typical player of the game….

"While it does skew surprisingly young into the 20s and even the late teens, as I understand it, our primary demographic is 30 to 40."

Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express sells for about 30 dollars….and plays on Windows PCs. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.