Henry Stauf's mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange house was his greatest creation. Now the mansion stands empty, rotting ever since the children started dying, ever since the six guests came.
User reviews: Mixed (172 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 28, 1993
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"One of the scariest games I played as a kid. Stauf still haunts my dreams. It is a bit dated, but the music is timeless. - Meg"

About This Game

Henry Stauf's mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange house was his greatest creation. Now the mansion stands empty, rotting ever since the children started dying, ever since the six guests came. Now there are only the eerie lights and the terrible sing-song rhymes of the children.

And suddenly, you are in the house. You move from room to room, step-by-terrifying-step, as scenes from that night of horror come to life. Because Stauf's game isn't over. There were six guests the world knew about - and there was one other. Stauf's mad mansion lives again. And only you can end the nightmare and learn the secret of The 7th Guest.

This Award-Winning Game Features:
  • Groundbreaking use of full-motion video and dialogue recorded by live actors in a terrifyingly real virtual environment.
  • Old Man Stauf's bizarre puzzles to solve and games to play.
  • 22 Stunningly rendered, devilishly surprising, 3-D rooms await you in this fully explorable haunted mansion.
  • 2 CDs of extensive gameplay with an original musical score.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB of RAM graphics
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB of RAM graphics
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
First played this in 1994 when it came free in a CD Rom upgrade kit - which I think may have cost $400. As I remember that version ('multimedia', perhaps) had little introductions on each of the guests which are absent from this version. I never made it thru the original game since it would bug out at the Microscope puzzle and crash.

The best reason to play 7th Guest is the wonderful music by The Fatman, you might also like to play it to get a glimpse of what gaming was like in the 90s. We were all in awe of the full motion video - the eye candy impressed us all - even if the game did not actually work. Today, the movement with FMV is rather tedious, and the 'content' of navigating the house feels rather annoying - with the chattering teeth possibly showing you an interesting flavour animation, or possibly sending you somewhere else so that you have to clunkily retrace your steps.

The acting is hammy, but there is fun in that - imagine the game as a hybrid between the horror genre and pantomime.

Some of the puzzles are fiendish if your spatial and chess-like skills are not strong. At times I found the word puzzles obscure and tenuous given the in-game hints. At least one puzzle I found really not enjoyable since it involved a full blown strategy game unlike any I'd seen before, where the AI makes the perfect move every time. Luckily, you can go from a puzzle to the book on the coffee table in the Library for hints, and on the 3rd return the puzzle will be solved for you, so you can bypass it. Unfortunately, even when you're confident that you can solve a puzzle, Stauf's impatient voiceovers and Precious Pup-like giggle will have you racing for the nearest walkthru just to avoid hearing them.

The game is a historical curiosity, the graphics were ground breaking at the time - I remember playing the animation on the painting at the top of the stairs over and over with a mixture of fascination and revulsion. Wait for it to be on sale for a dollar or two and you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
It's a classic. I remember being amazed by this game on our very first p.c. at home. The puzzles are a bit nerdy, chess-oriented, but provide a real challenge.
I can see now the in-game acting is quite horrible, over-the-top and almost read directly from the script.
I would suggest buying this only for nostalgia's sake, as the graphics and general gameplay are outdated.
The microscope puzzle remains a real tough challenge though, still stuck on that one.
Bought it during steam holiday sale, for a couple of euro's. I couldn't really be bothered trying to get the old, orignal CD-ROMs to work again, so kudos to the team that put it on Steam, highly appreciated.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Iconic 90s puzzle gaming at its finest. Yes, it's aged terribly, yes, the movement behaves like the last shopping trolley at the supermarket, and yes, the acting is dreadful and the MIDI sound worse still... But this game defined a generation of PC gaming, 3D effects which - at the time - were downright amazing to watch. The puzzles were real brain-squeezers, and despite the fact the story doesn't really add a great deal to the adventure, the (poorly) greenscreened acting TOOK PLACE IN THE GAME, it felt like.

Stood up today against anything you care to mention, and this looks like the ugly duckling, but for its time, this was the real king of the castle. And as I mention in my video series playing the game, I'd be willing to forgive it pretty much anything.

WELCOME BACK TO 1992.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQdqUBAwC5w
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Beat this game when it came out. It was my first CD based video game. It's not that great anymore, some pretty obtuse puzzles and grainy FMV video sequences. While I shouldn't necessarily rate it down as it should be taken as a product of it's time, and a pioneer in this sort of gaming, anyone buying this for the first time NOW will likely be very unimpressed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Yea-
*Classic early 90s point and click set to a horrorish theme
*Acting is quite good

Meh-
*Some puzzles give no direction and are trial and error
*Nice variety in the puzzle types though

Bleh-
* Aged graphics do not hold up well
*Wish you could skip room transitions as it eats up most of your time waiting to move to the next area



Verdict- Only worth a purchase if your looking for a nostagia trip, otherwise it has not aged well with the current mechanics other adventure games added after its initial release
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