I don't know how much an update could've done; I remember that even at the time it was kind of clunky. I love the presentation and it's a great port to the iPad, but I got frustrated and lost interested at exactly the same point I did with the original. (The only thing that seems weird is that the original really pushed the "everything is happening in REAL TIME!" while the current presentation almost treats it as an afterthought). If ever there was a game that I wanted desperately to love but couldn't, The Last Express would be it.