IN THE 70 DESOLATE YEARS since the horrifying murders chronicled in The 7th Guest, the town of Harley has been ominously silent. Only when journalist Robin Morales vanishes while investigating the rotting abandoned mansion of the legendary toy maker Henry Stauf, do events resurrect a malignant past.
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Release Date: Nov 30, 1995

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IN THE 70 DESOLATE YEARS since the horrifying murders chronicled in The 7th Guest, the town of Harley has been ominously silent.
Only when journalist Robin Morales vanishes while investigating the rotting abandoned mansion of the legendary toy maker Henry Stauf, do events resurrect a malignant past.

AS ROBIN'S COLLEAGUE and lover, Carl Denning, you come to the ravaged estate to find her. What you uncover in its decaying chambers embroils the entire town in a deadly legacy of madness.

WEAVING A FEATURE-LENGTH, powerfully graphic video through The 11th Hour: The Sequel to The 7th Guest, the renowned developers at Trilobyte have created the most cinematic challenge to date. A wide array of games, puzzles and quests cleverly underscores the time-bending, contemporary adult mystery. only the deepest horrors of the mind could spread such terror in the night.

FEATURES

  • Fully Explore over twenty-two beautifully-rendered rooms with faster, smoother 3-D graphics than ever before.
  • Participate in a suspenseful interactive drama directed by David Wheeler, written by The 7th Guest author, Matthew Costello, featuring first-rate actors and a new musical score by The Fat Man.
  • Solve three CD's worth of diverse and perilous challenges.
  • Get on-screen hints instantly with the GameBook, No backtracking necessary.
  • Watch high quality, full motion video without any additional hardware required.

EVERY MOMENT is riddled with intrigue. Three mysterious women are your only guides. Will you find Robin and unearth Stauf's fate at last? Or seal your own forever? It all must come together at The 11th Hour.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB of RAM graphics
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB of RAM graphics
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
"You are getting closer... not. At this pace, Robin will save YOU!" - Stauf

The 11th Hour is the slightly inferior sequel to 7th Guest, Trilobyte's classic horror adventure and a Herculean Puzzle game challenge published in 1993. After the prior game's success, The 11th Hour is published in 1995, yet eventually failed to deliver the achievement of its predecessor and became Trilobyte's last game. Following the horrors of Stauf's mansion, the narration takes place 60 years after the original game with a new vicious challenge as the product of Stauf's ingenious evil.

The opening FMV movie introduces our protagonist, Carl Denning; the investigative reporter for the television series "Case Unsolved". Being the semi-educated and sensitive as a door knob ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, Carl gets into a relationship with his producer, Robin Morales, only to end the relationship a couple months after with cruel remarks, implying that he'd wish that Robin would be one of the missing people that she's been investigating about in the little town of Harley-on-the-Hudson. Wait a minute, isn't that Stauf's town? Not so curious enough, Robin actually gets missing on investigation and a mysterious little device called "The Gamebook" is dropped on Carl's doorstep. Opening the device, Carl encounters a video of Robin, stranded in Stauf's mansion, desperately calling for his help... You can see where this is going, right?

The moment Carl steps into the mansion, our gameplay begins. Stauf sends us the most confusingly complicated riddles through the Gamebook and asks us to antique hunt in the whole deserted mansion to grab the item that would be the answer for his riddles. In the meanwhile, we solve a handful of frustratingly hard puzzles - in some we compete against Stauf's AI - and witness many short movie crops retelling us the background of Robin's investigation as the series of events prior to our arrival at the mansion. Will we manage to save Robin from Stauf's evil mansion?

I think we already know the answer to that question, knowing Stauf's sense of humor and resourcefulness from the prior game. Anyhow, let's take a look on the game itself. Camera angles and the movement pace got slightly better and faster in adventure interface. Our encounters are not as much as uncanny though, and the acting of characters in the movie crops is plain bad with needless dramatization. The dramatization in 7th Guest was a success considering the tone of the environment and time - 1935 - but in this game, which takes place in 1995, characters' attitude and reaction simply end up being ugly. They are all portrayed as shallow as shallow can be.

It should be proper to note that the Steam Overlay doesn't work at all; and the game crashes regularly if you wouldn't use a compatibility mode. The soundtrack consisting of midi-music are mostly okay, but the repetition of chosen songs and their suitability to scenes that we encounter is questionable. In some of the puzzle scenes, the soundtrack gets silenced completely. I remember a joke coming from a streamer about that issue: "Maybe Trilobyte wanted you to hear the sound of your own aneurysm."

The environment display is a bit better compared to 7th Guest yet the mansion itself didn't age gracefully. Everything is practically in ruins now and Stauf's riddles are suicidally hard with anagrams, cypher codes, synonyms, word associations, cryptograms, accent remarks and even bilingual references! Knowing your art history doesn't hurt either! After the first 2-3, solving these riddles and finding the answer within the mansion becomes a frustrating chore rather than being fun. The starting point of the whole riddle and the actual answer rarely corresponds with each other, leaving you confused and annoyed most of the time. Randomly choosing objects makes you no good, considering there is a truckload of rooms and a good amount of clickable objects in each of them - and Stauf relentlessly mocks you with each wrong answer. Puzzles themselves are not as half as bad, they are relatively possible to figure out with patience but considerably troublesome to arrange with given angles and the slow pacing of puzzle interfaces.

In and all, 11th Hour is less remarkable compared to the first game, being subpar on acting and nauseatingly frustrating in terms of riddles. By the end of the game, you'll be given the chance of making a choice between 3 different endings, yet none of the endings are satisfactory or somewhat meaningful. I'd really like to recommend this game, I remember having a lot of fun with 7th Guest but this is not an educative challenge like the first game. This is a trial of association with little to no indication for the wanted associations given to you. Good luck if you'd like to try anyway.

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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Three reasons to buy this game:

* Challenging puzzles for people who enjoy frustration.
* A decent and interesting horror story.
* It's a very valuable piece of gaming history.

Three reasons NOT to buy this game:

* Cheesy cutscenes (but for some of us who like to laugh, it's a GREAT reason).
* Won't appeal to people who love HD games.
* The engine is outdated. Some people will have to fiddle with the game to get it running.

Now... for the review:

I have to admit that, like most people who played this game when it came out, I have fond memories of it: I used to play it with my family, in the weekends, when we usually took turns to solve the puzzles or to try to beat Stauf in Honey & Blood or the Rat Maze.

It's kind of sad, but I haven't played like that with my family and friends in a while. It seems like games rarely have that balance anymore. Most games nowadays are divided in two: A single player paradise with a flexible difficulty (so the player doesn't lose its appendix because of the frustration) or a multiplayer gore fest where rarely you understand what's happening anymore. Yeah, like most gamers, I also enjoy those kind of games, I know it's the evolution of gaming. However 11th Hour (and the 7th Guest) was a game which could be enjoyed with other people in a single gameplay and somehow, it seems it was meant to be played with the advice and skills of other people or it could be a very frustrating game.

You had to ask for help before the internet spoiled everything.

But time has passed and I know this game will barely catch the attention of new and young players. It's a shame. It deserves an opportunity, at least as a piece of history. The game has an interesting story but cheesy and low-res movies require some faith and imagination from the player; a suspension of desbelief and a willingness to enjoy what's happening or what's about to happen, regardless of the acting, or the 90s modelling and rendering. In my latest gameplay, although I knew most of the story, I could feel some scary or tense moments. The music is amazing, a true accomplishments (some puzzles are so difficult, that you could be listening the same tune for hours and you will hardly feel tired from hearing it).

Henry Stauf is a great character. It could be an icon like other popular videogame mascots.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
A classic!
Although people still says that this is a downfall from The 7th Guest, it is defenetly a must-have for fans of the genre.
Can't wait for the 7th Guest 3!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
This game is an all time classic, like the 7th guest
for comparison only Myst or Riven

Lets face the facts that these Games are not aged well- indeed this is a thing i´ve heard many times
from the (new) Gamer Generation if there is one acutaly.
1 off if you comapare those games Myst Riven and 7th guest and 11th hour wich came out
way before the CD rom or DVD Blu Ray standarts- these were the first games wich
gave the gamers the feeling he is acutaly part of that games.
I would say myst made the job a bit better but thats not the point.
So after ive finished the 7th guest in my nostalgic phase (now in 2014)
i can easily say- this game sucks because of the bad video standart of those days.
But no i dont say that because its not the main reason to play those games.
The riddles are fantastic they are harder than other games yes.
If i compare Myst with Riven than there is pretty the same increase of difficulty between
those games.
Take Riven wich frustated many gamers those days-
So yes the 11th hour and 7th guest are for hardcore gamers
whom take the challenge of these increased riddles.
You get a real fine story even the 7th guest made a better job.
If you think it has to be a HD Remake with newer days standarts your
terrible wrong and its your own fault if you bought a game you espected
its a new one.
The only problem i see is that it runs to fast on my machines.
I mean the cutscenes the ingame graphics etc.
But thats all.
If you didnt played the 7th guest and bought 11th hour and think
about that stauff cant shut its mouth? He did this in 7th guest too
and no one had a problem with that.
Its his house its his riddles its his horror world your into in those games
and its called sarcasm all the way.
If you think this games are easy and disturbing horror genre games are not your thing
dont buy it.
This game is a milestone of its genre
and still challenging today there are not many games
wich made this.
Yes technics of today made this game bad.
But as i said before high end graphics arent the
things that makes a game great.
Poor that the Collector never made it to the release
and that the remake of the collector didnt made it.
If you would do remakes of all those games with
all its details im shure there would be a nicer
resonance. But fans of the genre would buy it anyway.

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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
This game takes place inside the same mansion as The 7th Guest. The mansion is more detoriated than the previous, your character uses a flashlight while moving around. The gameplay is the same as The 7th Guest. Pointing and clicking along, you must solve puzzle after puzzle in order to continue on deeper in the mansion and figure out more of the story. Anyone who likes puzzle games should play it.
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