The 7th Guest Review
- A true classic for horror and puzzle fans.
- Challenging variety of puzzles; built-in hint system to help newcomers.
- Updated controls and seamless visual transitions.
- Amazing soundtrack by George 'The Fat Man' Sanger.
- Painful acting; sadly one of the few methods of understanding the narrative.
- Scattered puzzle elements; hunting required for the 'next step'.
The 7th Guest is almost exclusively destined for iOS devices of fans of the original release and while the challenge is certainly worthy of modern audiences, the way in which the narrative is presented is not.
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Oh yes indeed, we're not only plumbing the depths of App Store, but of gaming history itself by tackling the classic that is The 7th Guest by Trilobyte Games. Its release for iOS devices is a mixed blessing and players can expect some enhancements in the form of smoother, speedier transitions and refinements to the game's controls, but there's no denying that The 7th Guest has aged badly and what was a relatively awkward pairing of horror and puzzle elements in the 90s now feels slightly embarrassing to play.
One of the main attractions of the title was its macabre and disturbing horror theme revolving around the main antagonist 'Stauf' and his haunted creations. Players start out inside Stauf's mansion - his final evil creation - and you'll have to travel from room to room, witnessing the ghosts of the past while solving obtuse puzzles. Should you get stuck on a particular puzzle you can consult a book in the library up to three times for clues, with the third time solving it outright so players can progress at their own speed.
It's hard to appreciate some of the marvelous original features of The 7th Guest, especially because things like streaming video and audio from a CD isn't simply a novelty anymore. Many of the pre-rendered 3D visuals look outdated, but despite this the mansion itself is detailed cleverly, putting some modern App Store releases to shame.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment is how poorly the gameplay and story have held up over time. Puzzles act as non-sequential obstacles that unlock story elements to help players to piece together the events of the night, but the video overlays are extremely hammy and painful to watch, while the puzzles themselves are scattered and must be sought out like some sort of treasure hunt.
Replaying The 7th Guest isn't without some redeeming value as it acts as a sort of fun time-machine to a simpler age where ideas were often outlandish despite the physical limitations imposed by the technology of the time. Without this sort of nostalgia to back up your time playing The 7th Guest, it's a hard game to recommend, but if you enjoyed the game back in the day and you don't mind the occasional brain-tickler it's a decent game to pick up for such a low cost.
Description"Welcome to my ... house!" Old Man Stauf built a house and filled it with his toys. Six guests were invited one night, their screams the only noise…
* We've made our companion game T7G:Infection free! If you are missing the microscope puzzle, you can get it for the iPad today! *
* Also please note that in version 7.5 of The 7th Guest it is not necessary to play the Microscope puzzle or the Piano puzzle to complete the game. *
In the world of The 7th Guest, you are an active and mysterious entity known only as "Ego". Your role, identity and purpose is not known or explained, rather, it is experienced as a seamlessly integral part of the total environment that is the Stauf mansion. Because you are looking out from within, you cannot see yourself, but your inner spirit has a voice. Listen to it.
The house of The 7th Guest is filled with 19 devilishly clever puzzles that will test your wits and scare you out of them as well. To complete the game you must solve every puzzle in the house - only then will the secrets of the madman Henry Stauf be revealed to you.
To help you get started, you might want to check out the pyramid in the lower right corner of the Sphinx board.
★ "My father purchased The 7th Guest for me as a child and it terrified me to the point of having him return it. With my increase and courage and the scary images being smaller, I think I can handle it now." - Geek Tyrant
★ "Many gamers won't remember The 7th Guest, either because they didn't have the groundbreaking technology of a CD-ROM drive in 1993, or they hadn't been born yet. We remember The 7th Guest being an incredibly creepy game that snared our young imaginations and helped shape our minds as gamers." - Slide To Play
★ Bill Gates called this game “The new standard in electronic entertainment.”
★ Awards ★
1995 Interactive Academy/Cybermania Awards - Best CD Game
1994 Multimedia World Readers' Choice Award - Best Entertainment Title
1994 Computer Game Review - Golden Triad Award
1994 New Media Invision Awards - Award of Excellence
1994 New Media Invision Awards - Gold-Creative Excellence for Best Animation/Graphics
1994 PC World Class - Best CD-ROM Game / Adult
1994 Electronic Entertainment 1st Annual Editors' Choice - Breakthrough Game
1994 Computer Gaming World Readers' Poll - No. 1 Rated Game
★ Features ★
Engaging, rich-graphics gameplay
Stunning, original images look even better on new platforms
Ghostly, full-motion video and supernatural animated sequences
Award-winning soundtrack by “The Fatman”
★ Download Notes ★
The 7th Guest is a big file, about 650MB. It is best downloaded to iTunes then synced with your device.
★ News ★
Also available in the Mac App Store!
Check out Book of Secrets for clues, hints and the complete script.
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What's New in Version 7.5* Fixed the Knighty Knight puzzle
* Fixed iOS5 support