The 7th Guest was a 1993 PC game developed by Rob Landeros that became famous partly for its mix of live-action video and computer-generated graphics, partly for its adult subject matter, but largely for its use of the then-emerging CD-ROM format. It also has the distinct honor of being one of the first games ever released on CD , The 7th Guest went on to sell more than two million copies and earn the praise of fans including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
This was also the 1rst game that I think I ever rage quit, and I’m pretty sure where my dislike of puzzles comes from 🙂
Landeros is now bringing The 7th Guest back – but as a board game. With players exploring the Stauf mansion by rolling the ‘magic die’ and subsequently having to solve the various brainteasers around the haunted house. The puzzles include logic, spatial, trivia and riddle conundrums, and there are said to be 300 in the box – compared to the original PC game’s fewer than 90.
If one player fails to solve their mystery, others can steal it from them or cast mystery spells to help them pull ahead and escape the house over the course of the one to five hour game.
In the world of The 7th Guest: The Board Game, you re-enter the mysterious and magical Stauf mansion, filled with diabolical puzzles, riddles and other mind games to test your wits and knowledge against your friends and family. But as with all haunted houses, know that you enter at your own risk. The goal is to emerge with your sanity – and your soul – intact.
The board game remains true to the original award winning computer game, although now you play the role of one of the six guests in direct competition with the other guests. Starting from the Foyer, you are randomly assigned destination rooms to which you must go, by roll of the Magic Die, and there, solve the mysteries and challenges within. Be the first to finish your tour of the mansion, arrive at the final destination, the Little Room at the Top, solve the final puzzle there, and you best your fellow guests and achieve your heart’s most secret desire. Which, for one thing, is to best your fellow guests.
The puzzle types range from logic puzzles, to spatial problems, to riddles and cryptic clues to trivia. You never know what you’ll get. Some may be easy, but some may be real brain freezers. But Stauf, being a fair-minded host, has provided up to three hints for the more difficult problems. But using the hints comes at a price, naturally. Nothing is free, you know. And in Stauf’s world, no good deed goes unpunished.
“Welcome to my house. The arrangement is simple. You are to spend the night as my guest. And – in exchange – I will give you your heart’s most secret desire. But I require one thing of you – a special service, a task that I’ve set up for you. In the morning, only one of my guests will walk out of this house with his, or her, every wish granted.” – Henry Stauf
The kickstarter is up and running now and of this posting is at 73 % of the goal, with 27 days to go.