Jordan Mechner jumped and kicked his way into gamers' hearts with Prince of Persia and Karateka, two seminal releases that expanded the possibilities of what games could be and how they could tell stories. But it was The Last Express that proved to be the most ambitious title of Mechner's game-making career. The period-drama point-and-click adventure sported fetching animated visuals and a long, involved story with multiple narrative branches.
And now that cult favorite is on iOS, thanks to a new port done by dev studio DotEmu. (The French collective were responsible for bringing Eric Chahi's classic Another World to iOS, too.) It may seem easy to port older games with smaller file sizes to modern devices. But that's not the case at all. When I asked Mechner about bringing The Last Express to a new platform, he said that the size of his game made things difficult.