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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 Macintosh Foyer pointing to the staircase - game start
The 11th Hour Macintosh Picture gallery room - Mondrian puzzle which the solution is different each game
The 11th Hour Macintosh Picture gallery contains several picture puzzles
The 11th Hour Macintosh Main menu

Promo Images

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

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

There are no reviews for the Macintosh release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


Critic Reviews

Freak Apr, 1995 95 out of 100 95
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Nov, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mac Gamer Nov 18, 2001 3 out of 5 60
Mac Ledge Oct 23, 1998 3 out of 5 60
Mac Addict Jan, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide 2007 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Just Adventure 2001 D 25

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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Martin Smith (70637) added The 11th Hour (Macintosh) on Sep 18, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Tomer Gabel (4643)
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