Manny: "The four year Journey of the Soul. It's quite a trip. And I'm not gonna lie to you, Celso. It could be very, very dangerous. Unless you were to take that money you were buried with and buy a better quality travel package from us! I mean, wouldn't you rather cross the Land of the Dead in your own personal sports car? Maybe try a luxury ocean cruise? Or, if you led a very good life, you may even qualify for the Number Nine itself."
Celso Flores: "The Number Nine?"
Manny: "That's our top-of-the line express train. It shoots straight to the ninth underworld, the land of eternal rest, in four minutes instead of four years. But very few people qualify, so let's take a look at your records."
The top of the line express train that ferries souls to the ninth underworld (The Land of Eternal Rest) in four minutes, saving them the four-year journey across the Land of the Dead that would otherwise take them on foot. However, very few people qualify, and is only available, according to Manny: "if you've led a really good life."
Those who had "saintly" lives are worthy of receiving a Double-N ticket from the Department of Death to allow boarding the Number Nine and journeying to the Land of Eternal Rest in just four minutes. However, those who do not either have to travel by cruise, by car, or by foot with a walking stick with a compass in it, which means a four year journey for them. Only the DOD can issue a Double-N ticket.
This restriction has prompted those who are evil and desperate enough to try to take the train using ill-begotten gains, such as using fake or stolen tickets. However, it is not known by souls that both the supernatural Gate Keeper and the train itself are not fooled by such tricks. Those who do attempt to hoodwink their way into paradise are taken to the one place where they deserve to go: Hell.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The original concept for the game was a real-estate scam, inspired by the movie "Chinatown", but director Tim Schafer realized this made no sense since his characters -being dead- would have no need for real-estate. After seeing "Casablanca", Schafer realized a plot about trying to get out of town would work far better. Because of this change Manny was changed to a travel agent selling tickets and Hector LaMans was stealing them.