Years ago, and I mean about 20 years ago, my favorite game was 7th Guest. My husband was nice enough to indulge me and let me stay up for days playing it (doing nothing else). You can actually now find a walkthrough with cheat codes here. Though the game ran on Windows 95 if I remember correctly. My inlaws (thanks Bruce and George) were playing it in Connecticut during our visit, and I loved it. I proceeded to play until I completed the whole game. We went on to try 11th Hour and Phantasmagoria.
The 7th Guest, produced by Trilobyte and originally released by Virgin Games in 1993, is an interactive moviepuzzle adventure game. It was one of the first computer video games to be released only on CD-ROM. The 7th Guest is a horror story told from the unfolding perspective of the player, as an amnesiac. The game received a great amount of press attention for making live action video clips a core part of its gameplay, for its unprecedented amount of pre-rendered 3D graphics, and for its adult content. In addition, the game was very successful, with over two million copies sold, and is widely regarded as a killer app that accelerated the sales of CD-ROM drives. The 7th Guest has subsequently been re-released on Apple’s app store for various systems such as the Mac.Bill Gates called The 7th Guest “the new standard in interactive entertainment.”
In the game involves going through a house that several children have disappeared inside. As you find unlocked rooms you are confronted with puzzles that when solved unlock movies telling a part of the tale and unlocking more rooms (with puzzles). A third sequel has been put into development (from a Kickstarter project) called The 13th Doll.
For Halloween, Steam (yes, I always avoid it) has a bundle of the 7th Guest and the 11th Hour for a few dollars (less than $5). I broke down and bought it myself. I also located 7th Guest as a Kindle Fire app.
Games with puzzles are great for developing problem solving skills for kids!