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 (174 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
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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11 of 17 people (65%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
The real value is in the documentary.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
The wonderful thing about 90's computer games is that the media itself carries an uncanny horror with it, possibly due to the fact that as soon as the game boots up, you are reminded of the 90's. For those who are not old enough to have experienced TGIF sitcoms, Pogs, boybands, teased bangs, Buffy, and dialup modems firsthand, this game may appear to be some Satanic computer vomit you only read of in urban legends.

In a way, The 7th Guest is just that. It's not a game where you "just have to get over the graphics." The graphics are not as problematic as other aspects of the game. For example, the cutscenes communicate some story behind the house and all the puzzles in it, but they are so bizarre and disjointed. You finish the cutscenes and hope it was a hallucination, because otherwise that would mean that someone (or more accurately, a whole team of people) willingly unleashed this upon humanity. The gameplay is truly a product of its time: clunky.

Fortunately, the puzzles (the meat of the game) are very challenging and unique, so no matter your thinking style, there will probably be at least one that you can solve instantly, and several that will leave you scratching your head. I consulted a guide quite a bit to get through several puzzles.

TL;DR Don't do this to yourself unless you really, really like puzzles. Recommended because I really, really do.
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