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First there was a delightful little puzzle game called "The 7th Guest", hailed for the (at the time) groundbreaking video cutscenes, the adult horror theme and the fact that it was one of the games kickstarting the popularity of CD-Rom

Then came "The 11th Hour". Although thoroughly enjoyed by puzzlefans all over the world, it was sub-standard compared to the possibilities and graphics of other games at that time.

The game studio Trilobyte went belly-up, but despite that, rumors of the third installment ("The Collector") lingered for many, many years. When the waiting took too long, a group of fans gathered and promised they'd make a new installment that would be freely available once done.

And now, after 5 years in the making and little to no news, we now have a release date. Halloween 2009, get ready to download The 13th Doll.

Stauf is back.

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_graywolf_
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
My father, brother and me have been bouncing up and down when we heard about this through Mr. Richardson :D I CANNOT wait!!!!
damanique
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I could never figure out the 7th Guest! It was one of the most difficult games I ever played, next to Myst.
This is mostly because I played it when I was like 9 or 10 and didn't understand the English that well. ;)
rob_d
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
I still have it somewhere if you wanna give it another go?
damanique
Jan. 13th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I have the game myself though and if I can't find it anymore, I'm pretty sure I can download it.

I actually just bought Commander Blood from ebay (for 1 euro!) It's an old adventure game from a French developer, with a great soundtrack and a really weird story/characters. I have the game too but I was never able to find it again. Since it's relatively unknown, it's not available for download anywhere - had to buy it again!
clsa
Jan. 13th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
*squints* I've never even heard of any of this stuff, though I've got the feeling it's Phantasmagoria-ish? Which I adored. Either way, yay horror puzzle game. I'll have to check its predecessors out.
rob_d
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Heehee, that brings back memories. Phantasmagoria was whopping at the time. 7 CD's to play the friggin' game :D And part 2....

7th Guest and 11th Hour are even more focused on puzzles, I think. It's not Sam & Max'ish puzzles (as in "put chewing gum on knitting needle to get ring from sink"), but more classic and traditional puzzles (logical, cards, chess, words) that get more difficult the further you explore the haunted mansion of insane toymaker Stauf.

To give you an example: one puzzle that kept me busy for a LOOOONG time was one where you had to put 8 queens on a chessboard without them being able to 'hit/take' each other.
clsa
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I still have a velvet-y silver-lettered Phantasmagoria box somewhere. Man so many CDs. I don't remember much of the second part, apart from the fact that AUGH. ALIENS suddenly. And bright colours. And that the main character had a rat which eventually disappeared under a couch somewhere. And that he had a phone at his desk. I just realized I must've been about ten years old when I first played the games. XD No wonder I was so impressed at the time.

I'll scour the net for a copy of the first two games. Here's hoping I don't lose patience before finishing either, because it sounds fun.
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