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Description

The 11th Hour is the sequel to the widely successful game, The 7th Guest. It utilizes a much improved video compression engine by Graeme Devine and is also the game which brought forth Trilobyte's eventual demise.

This time you play the role of Carl Denning, boyfriend to the reporter Robin Morales. Robin has mysteriously vanished while trying to delve into the secrets of the rotting mansion of the once evil mastermind, Henry Stauf.

The game features new puzzles, redone graphics and indeed an improved engine - much smoother, with 16 bit graphics and an entirely new soundtrack. The basic gameplay is still similar to its predecessor: the player walks through the mansion, watches FMV sequences and solves logic riddles. The so-called GameBook, a laptop, can be consulted to receive puzzle hints.

Screenshots

The 11th Hour DOS What could be up in the attic?
The 11th Hour DOS The Trilobyte Groovie System logo
The 11th Hour DOS A puzzle. I wonder what to do here?
The 11th Hour DOS The main menu

Promo Images

The 11th Hour Screenshot
The 11th Hour Screenshot
The 11th Hour Screenshot
The 11th Hour Screenshot Fusion (US), Issue 6, Jan 1996

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "第十一小時" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "The 11th Hour: The sequel to The 7th Guest" -- Taglined title
  • "The 11th Hour: La Suite de The 7th Guest" -- French title
  • "The 11th Hour: Kontynuacja gry The 7th Guest™" -- Polish title
  • "The 11th Hour: Het vervolg op The 7th Guest™" -- Dutch title
  • "The 11th Hour: Der Nachfolger von 7th Guest™" -- German title
  • "11H" -- Abbreviated title

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User Reviews

As a strategy game, it is great. As an adventure, it is not. Mumm-Ra (410) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The first was a whole lot better. Tomer Gabel (4643) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Zero 1995 22.75 out of 25 91
Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Joystick (French) Jan, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Jan, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Joker Jan, 1996 55 out of 100 55
GameSpot May 01, 1996 5.1 out of 10 51
PC Action Jan, 1996 50 out of 100 50
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1996 48 out of 100 48
Score Jan, 1996 2 out of 10 20

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Patch for conversion to Windows 8 4 Daniel Saner (3241)
Aug 18, 2013

Trivia

Alternate Version

A more explicit "R-rated" version of the game with partial nudity was planned at one time. While it did not get to production the script for the R-rated version can be found in the Prima Official Strategy Guide. The bad ending of the game is actually from the R-rated version, but slightly toned down and missing one effects shot. No one seems to want to fess up to being responsible for this script either, as in interviews the writer, director, and Trilobyte all deny writing it.

Awards

In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/1997) The 11th Hour received a special award for the "Worst Script in 1996".

In the May 1996 issue of Computer Player, the game was named in the top 20 list of IBM PC games of that time, earning it #12th place. By the following month's issue, the game was dropped down to #16th place.

MC Microcomputer magazine listed The 11th Hour as the #1 top game of 1995.

Cancelled Port

A 3DO version of this game was in the works, but the project was scrapped due to the public's lack of interest in the console. Some promotional catalogs even listed this game with a firm release date of August 9, 1995, but needless to say, the game never came out. Still, references to this game in various catalogs and gaming magazines have resulted in countless books and web sites erroneously listing it amongst the 3DO software library.

Development

AutoDesk 3D Studio was used during development by Trilobyte for graphics and 3D design in both The 11th Hour and in its predecessor, The 7th Guest

The 11th Hour was one of the pioneering games which took advantage of CD-ROM drives that could run faster than single or double-speed. Utilizing technology like quad-speed drives provided players with the availability for a better experience, performance-wise, because of their enhanced CD drives.

Game Updates

A new engine allows Windows '95 and DirectX compatible gameplay. Look for it in the company's website.

Hidden Features

Disc 1 came with wad file levels for Doom and Heretic modeled after the Stauf Mansion. Disc 1 also includes JPEG screenshots and WAV sound files from the game so that you can create your own Stauf desktop theme. Look for them in the GOODIES folder.

In the setup menu, users can choose between standard graphics and "spooky mode", which will transform the game's visuals from full color into faded black-and-white.

As many users recall, there was a cheat code in The 7th Guest that would unlock every room and puzzle in the house. Entering this cheat code ("Zaphod Beeblebrox") in The 11th Hour will only result in laughter and taunts from Stauf.

Completing the game will add a new saved game in slot 0 called "Open House". Using this game, players have full access to the entire house and can play any of the puzzles as many times as they'd like.

Missing Subtitles

Game publisher, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, publicly stated that they were going to have/add text into the game for the express benefit for the hearing impaired. They did not follow through with this which greatly frustrated and disappointed many players and prospective players alike.

References

The game is littered with visual references (some subtle, and some not-so-subtle) to its predecessor: The 7th Guest. One such example is a pile of old, dusty game boxes for The 7th Guest in the laboratory. Surprisingly (and somewhat shamelessly), the game developers even included a 7th Guest CD-ROM as an answer to one of Stauf's riddles!

In the chapel, click the "rolling eyeball" cursor on the small bowl off to the side. Upon closer inspection, you will notice a torn piece of paper sticking out with the word "MISSED" printed on it. This is a sly reference to (or possibly a jab at) the bestselling CD-ROM game Myst. The inclusion of a torn paper was probably meant to mock the plot of Myst, which has the player search out a series of vacant islands for pages that are missing from two mysterious books.

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Tomer Gabel (4643) added The 11th Hour (DOS) on Dec 13, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (70636) and Tomer Gabel (4643)
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