If Kickstarter exists for one reason, it’s video games. The crowd-sourcing website has given indie developers the chance to resurrect all the classic game franchises we grew up loving – and now the good folks at Trilobyte Games are attempting a sequel to the greatest haunted house game of all time…
The 7th Guest!
In the world of The 7th Guest: 3, you re-enter the mysterious and magical Stauf mansion, newly remodeled and filled with classic Stauf games, toys, diabolical puzzles and artifacts. Not merely restored to its former glory, this now-historic landmark in the little hamlet of Harley-on-the-Hudson is, as the locals like to say, “The biggest damn digs in the twigs!” Some admiring looky-loos have been heard to cry, “Magnificent!” Well, so it is, friends, so it is. But who is the mysterious stranger responsible for reviving the legend and unleashing the evil spirits once again, and to what purpose?
What are you waiting for? By donating, you’re basically pre-ordering the game… so head on over to the Kickstarter page and resurrect Old Man Stauf for another round of spooky mayhem.
Trilobyte Games, LLC, has announced the final episode in the studio’s blockbuster franchise The 7th Guest: 3 and unveiled a new Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign designed to underwrite production of the video game.
The 7th Guest was released in 1993. At the time, Bill Gates called it: “…the new standard in interactive entertainment.” The title sold over 2 million copies and drove hardware sales. The sequel, The 11th Hour, was released in the fall of 1995.
“We’ve been waiting to make The 7th Guest: 3 for a long time,” said Rob Landeros, co-founder, creative director and CEO of Trilobyte Games. “The team’s in place, new puzzles are in development, and the most notorious villain in all gaming, Henry Stauf, is poised to return and finish the story that begin in The 7th Guest. With the launch of our Kickstarter campaign, we’re turning to our fans and the gaming community to provide the only remaining ingredient, development and production funding.”
In The 7th Guest: 3, Stauf’s house is filled with 20 devilishly clever puzzles that will test wits and scare even the most jaded gamers. The house is not only filled with puzzles, it is a puzzle–one gigantic, mechanical mind-bender. To complete the game and the story, players must solve every puzzle in the house and the puzzle of the house itself. Only then will the final, dreadful secret of that brilliant madman, Henry Stauf, be revealed.
While the gameplay of T7G3 will fairly closely follow that of The 7th Guest and 11th Hour, Trilobyte plans to thoroughly leverage touch-screen, mobile technology, and modern standards in video game presentation to bring players the 7th Guest of their fondest dreams (and nightmares)! “We are committed to staying true to the spirit of the original 7th Guest,” said Landeros.
The new Stauf mansion will be rendered in beautiful high-definition, extensively renovated and furnished with hundreds of interesting new items. The house’s remodelers won’t stint on redecoration. The grand, revamped edifice will be something of an historical museum.
“We estimate development and production time of approximately one year to finish this final episode,” said Landeros. “Our team is already working and we’re the kind of studio that delivers on its promises, so be ready.” Company officials note that the price of the new game is not yet set but is anticipated to be in the $29.95 per copy range for PCs and Macs.
Kickstarter is all about rewards. And Team Trilobyte has cooked up some creative incentives to motivate its target funders. “How’d you like to be immortalized in a blockbuster game?” asked Landeros. “At the highest donor levels, we reward backers with portraits and busts of their likeness at prominent points in the mansion – as well as a producer’s credit on the title. True fans may secure, with a major donation, an invitation to dine with Stauf in costume, party with the team, and tour the actual mansion modeled in the game.”
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