40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful 2 people 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.
I owned this game for the phillips CD-I back in the 90's. I was young and the game scared me so much I could only manage to play it in short bursts. Safe to say that the game isn't as frightening as I remember but the puzzles are just as hard!
The 7th Guest has a really intriguing story line that pulls you into trying to complete the puzzles.
The game design leaves alot of opportunitys to get lost (Hey it's an old game!)
*****What it doesn't tell you which you really aught to know, is that there is a book/journal at the enterance of the house that tells you the rules and aim of each puzzle.******
All in all its fun and challenging, 7/10 Would be much higher if it had a little more guidence in regard to puzzle rules. :D
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
If you bought a CD-ROM drive or a PC equipped with one in the 90s, you probably got a copy of the The 7th Guest as part of the deal, and as any gamer over 30 will tell you, it was freaking amazing! Oh man, fuzzy footage of hammy (but commendably enthusiastic) actors against low-res, ray-traced backgrounds? How could such mighty wonders be explained outside of the direct intervention of a loving god?! Yes, those were simpler, more naive times, before even the nerdiest of nerds had dial-up internet, and we took our digital miracles wherever we could find them. FMV games (many hastily produced) rained down like Mana from Heaven, and we gobbled up each glorious glob without a critical thought.
Sadly, most of those once awe-inspiring games from the early CD-ROM era have aged pretty terribly; even if you can manage to get your 21st-century eyeballs beyond their nauseous graphics, the majority of them are simply excruciating to play. Incredible to my 32 year-old self, however, The 7th Guest is a charming and addictive game even today! It's got piles of great puzzles (and a few hilariously awful ones for good measure), B-movie charm oozing in yellow rivulets from its ears, some really memorable MIDI courtesy of The Fat Man, and a lot of genuinely interesting art design! Granted, the appeal will probably be limited to aging weirdos like myself who love puzzles, camp and old things, but those weirdos should have a great time with this delightfully moldy oldie!
(Kid me would think adult me a genius for being able to solve all the puzzles.)
I never played the game when it originally came out so this was my first time playing the game. The game itself is from 1993. and is a adventure/puzzle/horror type of game.You find yourself trapped in a manor with 6 other guests owned by some madman named Stauf. The story of the game is rather confusing and the cutscenes a lot of times don't make a lot of sense and don't really explain the story that well. The goal of the game is to solve all the puzzles in all the rooms and discover a secret of a 7th guest.
The game has been made using FMV and the rooms are all modeled in 3D which for the time it came out was absolute beauty. Not the case today anymore.Each of the rooms in the house have a puzzle to solve and those really are the game's best trait. The puzzles are quite varied and give a great challenge to anyone willing to invest in this game (although I have to admit I felt the urge to smash my monitor into the wall out of frustration on a couple of occasions).
The bad thing is the game is really slow, thus making the movement around the house a pain. And sometimes during the puzzles the character will keep saying things every time you restart it and it gets annoying sometimes.There are a couple of disturbing scenes and the music / ambiance is quite good at making you feel uneasy.
So, to sum it all up:
+ challenging puzzles + great music and sounds
- slow movement - dated graphics - not the greatest story
I recommend this game to all adventure fans who don't mind slow movement and enjoy great puzzles. Everyone else, this game is probably not for you! 7 / 10
Full disclosure. I've wanted to finish this game for YEARS. I remember when my pops bought a boxed copy and it wouldn't run because it required upgrades such as a 4X Speed CD-ROM drive. Well after getting all the upgrades we got to play it and well, it ended up being a brutal puzzle game with over the top acting and a molasses interface. Well in 2014 nothing has changed but finishing this game was always a itch I'd wanted to scratch. Now that I've done, I wished I played something else. The good? The house in 7th Guest is nicely realized. Great atmosphere and some of the puzzles are fun. The bad? Well, everything else. The aforementioned acting is even worse now and I'm still not sure what the heck the story was. And some of the puzzles are absolutely brutal diificulty wise (a special screw you to the piano puzzle - memory puzzles are the worst for me). Needless to say, the payoff isn't there and while the pure nostalgia had me smiling at times, I was slapped back to reality as I slowly, SLOWLY moved through the mansion trying to find the next puzzle. So the bottom line is I do not recommend this game unless you remember those early 90s where a couple 100 MBs of storage space or a 4X speed CD-ROM drive was a big deal. Otherwise, move on.
EDIT: I'd be remiss if I didn't add you could skip puzzles. You just have to navigate the mansion SLOWLY to get to a book in the study describing how the puzzle can be solved. Do that three times (THREE) and the puzzle will be solved for you. Not great but better than tearing your hair out.
This is one of the hardest point & click classics I have ever played (I had to exit my game & look for a vid just to solve some of the puzzles in this game) but the game is great if you like classic horror.
Pros: Full Motion Video, Challenging puzzles, Live Action Actors (Well because of the FMV), Creepy Music, Good voice acting, Awesome Narrator & An Interesting Story
Cons: For some reason this game gives away Trojan Viruses which is weird because I never had that virus ever in a steam game, You can't skip the cutscenes (Well I count that as a con because I don't like hearing the same stuff again), no replayability & Some of the puzzles are ♥♥♥♥ing impossible to solve like for ex. the can puzzle in the kitchen
Overall this is a wonderful classic to play & I dare you to leave Stauf's mansion, I double dog dare you.
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.
The 7th guest doesn't hold up as well as it should. At the original release it was groundbreaking and frightening. After roughly 20 years the slow movement system and voice-acting are atrocious. On the positive side, the puzzles are all self contained except one (you don't have to find clues throughout the mansion, just start the puzzle). The downside is there is very little direction or instructions for the puzzles. That difficulty does lend itself to a feeling of accomplishment when you solve one. Some puzzles are very logical and pleasing, some feel randomly difficult and illogical. Also a few are too similar. I still suggest playing through this at least once to see how far gaming has come, and because the atmosphere is still very well set. This would benefit well from a full remake.
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.
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.