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.
User reviews: Mixed (30 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 30, 1995
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""If you've played The 7th Guest, the sequel is a must. If you found the puzzles in 7th Guest too challenging, this time around you can get help. - Meg"

About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Very boring and frustrating point and click game. The cutscenes are bad, the dialogs are bad and the controls are slow.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
This game was one I enjoyed when it was first released in the 1990s. Unfortunately, it has not aged well. The seveth guest was known for being one of the very first games with full-motion video, and animated screen transitions instead of slide-show transitions. But even when the 11th hour was first released, the novelty had worn off. And twenty years later, the graphics [which were the best features] are now considered low-resolution. The interface is clunky by modern standards, and the puzzles frankly are not that interesting.

If you are out for a nostagia trip, the 7th guest will better satisfy the urge. Or watch the reconstructed movie on Youtube.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
After the nostalgia flashbacks of '95, I remembered why I never finished this game (or played it for that matter), because it sucks! If you have the hankering for some decent puzzles and need that 90's nostalgia, get the 7th guest. This is garbage thanks to the poor gameplay, bad acting and voice overs and to compile on top of my 'thumb-downedness' (yes I just created a new word thanks to Trilobyte), the old tech runs like garbage on my i5.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Unliked The 7th Guest, I did not play The 11th Hour when it was initially released. There have been many remarkable improvements in this game such as much faster movement speed, easier access to help functions (no more backtracking to the library), and slightly better acting.

However, this game now berates you at every step. Stauff simply won't shut up, and the game makes it a point to let you know you're a complete idiot if you don't solve the puzzle in one move. Sometimes even taking the shortest route (four moves to complete the library's book puzzle, for instance) will result in Stauff saying you have the brains of bird droppings halfway through.

The pacing is also absolutely terrible, and the new riddle mechanic makes it that much worse. You're constantly clicking at random objects hoping to figure out the terrible clue you were given. How is a "riddle" of a heart attack putting you into the ground supposed to make you click on a globe? Or how about a clue about a winter coat supposed to make you find a bottle of tonic?

Adding to the frustration are game-breaking bugs such as solved puzzles not registering, audio glitches such as some ambient sounds playing at more than double the volume of the speech and music, and lack of context for pretty much all of the FMV sequences.

Overall, this game is far worse than its predecessor due to these problems and more. I do not recommend buying this even if the game was on sale for 90% off. You will get more enjoyment for your money from buying a soft drink than you would buying this game.
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9 of 20 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
The cutscenes and documentary movies were great and the menu music was really catchy, unfortunately the gameplay was really bad. I went to youtube to watch the cutscenes (it's actually a movie just cut into bits around the gameplay).

There is a hint system if you get stuck on a puzzle which is a good addition.

I can't recommend the game, but I do recommend watching the clips.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
This game starts with a long cinematic which is essentially a bad 80's movie, with no option to skip or even return to the menu. What I saw of the story before quitting looked pretty disappointing.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Outdated... Im sure it used to be great back in its time.
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
aged like your mum
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4 of 21 people (19%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
warning brain will explode can steam pls remove this from my library was a bad idea getting this game
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
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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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Overall its a pretty poor game. some of the puzzels are fun, but the constant abuse by the narrator means that you pretty much have to play the game muted. ignoring the graphical and musical limitations (this game was made in '95 after all,) its not the worst. Unfortunately the storyline is confusing and not super enticing, involves the sexual assault of two women, and ultimately ends in a near unbeatable game of reversi (an already frustrating game.)

on the whole, I'd skip this one.
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10 of 21 people (48%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Ripoff, won't run, just a dosbox version of the 1995 game....
I got to the screen where you are to adjust brightness, and had to figure out what to do, as there is NO way to adjust the brightness or Gamma.
Got halfway into the first FMV, and my top of the line machine constantly froze until I ran it via explorer in "compatability mode."
Then, the game and puzzles ran WAY too fast.
This is a nostalgia money grab. If you want to play the game, find the original disks, and an old machine.
Let this one pass you by.
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12 of 27 people (44%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
at least it's better than the doctor who episode
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7 of 19 people (37%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2013
I've played alot of point and clicks, matter of fact I was raised up around them. But this point and click definately stands out from the rest. It is utter crap, in more ways then one. First of all The game is stupifyingly hard, that it has an inbuilt cheat function. I'm not joking, the game actually lets you have the choice for the computer to solve the puzzels. So If you're going to get this game you'd better be packing a walkthrough or something. The only reason I got this game is because I remember my family playing it when I was like 5, so I thought I'd get it cause i remember very little of it. And I'm glad I did.....Remember very little that is. Most point and click games have a great story which drags you into it and you can easily play the game and figure things out by acting like the character, but this one is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.

Overall I'll probably rate this game 4/10, Only because it is a great game to get you thinking...But that's all.
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