The 7th Guest for iOS review
Oh dear - this one-time technical tour de force has not weathered the years well. The 7th Guest is scary for all the wrong reasons.
Back in the early 1990s, the 7th Guest, a haunted house adventure, was single-handedly responsible for flogging a whole lot of CD-ROM drives to PC gamers who'd never before seen so much live-action video on their monitors.
But with said live-action video, and the pre-rendered backgrounds it's set against, suffering from the twin misfortunes of low-resolution and cheesily low-budget performances, it's a struggle to see The 7th Guest as anything but a nostalgic curio in its fairly token conversion to iOS. The 21 logic puzzles that frame the central story of a demonic toymaker aren't much fun, nor do they make narrative sense. Dividing a cake into six equal pieces was weird enough back in 1993 - in 2012 it seems outright insane.
On the upside, B-movie fare such as poorly superimposed spectral women in white manage to offer a few laugh out loud funny moments. Not intentionally, alas.
If approached as a horror movie pastiche, The 7th Guest is just about palatable, but by and large it's a confused mess of irritating puzzles and shlocky effects that's about as a scary as a grumpy squirrel.