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7th Guest and 11th Hour headed for GOG.com

90s classics The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour are being prepped for a GOG.com relaunch as developer Trilobyte Games joins the site's partners. Whereas the 1993/95 titles originally commanded a premium price – while sending players out in their droves to pick up one of those fancy new “CD-ROM” drives to run the software – they'll soon be available for $9.99 apiece on GOG (which you of course remember used to be Good Old Games).

It's fair to say that Trilobyte's titles had a big part in catalyzing the multimedia revolution of 1990s computing, with many players having never experienced the likes of Guest's live-action acting, pre-rendered CG and orchestral score. While many of their gee-whiz technological advances are the sort of thing we nowadays take for granted, the titles remain a noteworthy entry in gaming's long journey from childish diversion into respectable entertainment medium. Also, Guest features a ghost who attacks by whipping your ass with his six-foot tongue.

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7 comments

  • StrayGator - February 2, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    I can't find my car keys Better ask Mr. Death And I get so lonely We play a game of chess
  • Redeater - February 2, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    You will have to excuse my ignorance but is GOG some type of steam service for the PC? I hope to god so because I always wanted to play 7th guest on the "upcoming" Snes CD. Obviously that never happened so I missed out but I bought it for the Iphone and I find it to be almost unplayable because of the clumsy interface.
  • Redeater - February 2, 2012 2:43 p.m.

    Well looks like I found my answer. Has anyone tried GOG yet? If so how does it run? I would imagine there would be a crapload of compatibility issues for most of the games running on modern windows. Or does it run through GOG itself?
  • TheCakeIsaPie - February 2, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    The ROM is bundled with an emulator such as DOS Box, which automatically executes and runs the game when you click it. No tech knowledge/fiddling around is required. The only downside is that certain really old games (like Ultima IV) don't run 100% accurate on the GOG version.
  • sirdilznik - February 3, 2012 3:22 a.m.

    That's one of the great things about GOG, they take care of all the issues associated with running an old game on a modern OS and also remove any and all DRM. Sometimes that means adjusting some code and/or settings, and sometimes it means bundling the game with and emulator like, as TheCakeIsaPie mentioned, DOSBox or SCUMMVM. I've been getting games from GOG for well over a year and must have nearly 40 of them and haven't had a single issue running them on Win 7. Heck, I can get the vast majority of them to work on Linux too using WINE or Linux versions of DOSBox or SCUMMVM.
  • CameronPoe - February 2, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    When will they release Goosebumps Escape From Horrorland?
  • sirdilznik - February 2, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    I remember both of these games and am very excited for this. These games along with Myst were part of the early 90s FMV explosion and some of the very best offerings to emerge from it. They are puzzle games with a creepy atmosphere and tons of FMV cut-scenes. The puzzles are really varied and generally quite witty. Also The 7th Guest is worth picking up for its fantastic soundtrack alone. Somewhere along the line I lost my 7th Guest discs, but I still have my 11th Hours discs, unfortunately the 11th Hour (in original discs form) is ridiculously hard (read: next to impossible) to get running on a modern OS so I'll gladly pick up both and let the GOG team do the work of making them work on my computer. I can't wait to enter Henry Stauf's mansion again.

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