On August 11, Attic Door Production successfully raised their Kickstarter goal of $40,000 to fund their fan-based game, “The 13th Doll.” This game is part of “The 7th Guest” series. “The 7th Guest” is an award winning, interactive, horror movie game. It was released in 1993 by Virgin Games and produced by Trilobyte Games. Upon its release, “The 7th Guest” sold over two million copies.
“The 7th Guest” takes place in 1935, in the town of Harley on the Hudson. In this town, a drifter named Henry Stauf makes a deal with the devil to become a rich toy maker. However, many children who bought his toys ended up dying from a mysterious illness. Following the illness, Stauf gets a vision to build an isolated mansion on a hill. In the mansion, he fills the house with toys and puzzles, invites six guests and promises to fulfill the deepest desires of the one who can solve all of the puzzles. In addition to the six guests, a little boy, named Tad, sneaks in on a dare from his friends and becomes the seventh guest. As gamers solve the puzzles, they can watch the plot unfold.
This game was revolutionary because it was the first game to be released solely on CD-ROM, use live movie actors and full motion video. In addition, the game’s script was written by Horror Novelist, Matthew Costello (The Making Of The 7th Guest).
“The 13th Doll” will consist of a collaboration of live actors, computer programmers and artists from around the world. Lead Developer, Ryan HoltKamp plans on releasing the game for PC and Mac computers. The fan-based game takes place ten years after the original game, but before The 7th Guest’s sequel, “The 11th Hour.” In “The 13th Doll,” Tad finds himself in an insane asylum ten years later, tormented by his memories from that haunting night. In the asylum, he befriends a doctor who helps him return to Stauf Mansion to help him face his memories. However, Tad’s motives to returning to the ominous mansion are defeating Stauf for good.
Trilobyte gave the licensing rights to Attic Door Productions to make “The 13th Doll” and sell it commercially; under the condition that they could raise the money. The production company met its fundraising goal of $40,000(The 13th Doll Kickstarter Project). As a result, the game will continue its production. Trilobyte tried to use Kickstarter to raise the money for A “7th Guest 3,” but fell short of their fundraising goal. HoltKamp said he was pleasantly surprised that he managed to raise the money early,” Yeah, it’s insane! I can’t believe it; still in shock!”
HoltKamp said he plans on keeping the gameplay and atmosphere of the previous games, live movie actors, full motion video and with some additional twists. Only time will tell if Attic Door Productions will end up producing a game equally as popular as its original predecessor, “The 7th Guest.”