Want to feel old? Classic PC puzzle game The 7th Guest recently turned 20. And by "recently" I mean in 2013; it'll actually celebrate its 22nd birthday this year.
Of course, old games never die -- they just get ported to new platforms. To wit: Trilobyte and MojoTouch just released The 7th Guest: Remastered for Android. Although the math is a bit off, they're calling this a 20th Anniversary Edition.
In case you're not old enough to remember it (or even know it existed), The 7th Guest was a landmark game for many reasons. For starters, it was one of the first games ever to be released on CD-ROM, and--
Hang on. A CD-ROM is a small, shiny disc that was once used to distribute software (and hold music, but that's a different history lesson). Before that, software came on--
Hang on. Software is what we now refer to as apps, and it used to require a computer. Wow, I am so old.
Anyway, The 7th Guest came on a CD (two of them, actually), which probably drove a lot of people to buy new computers that had CD-ROM drives -- because the game was also notable for its then-amazing 3D-rendered graphics and integrated live-action video clips. (Yeah, we used to be really easily impressed.)
But the real draw was the puzzles: The 7th Guest was a stumper, a plot-driven collection of clues and logic puzzles that drove many a player insane (or at least online in search of a walkthrough).
So, what's "remastered" about this version? It features a new, touchscreen-oriented control system, new icons and animations, a map you can access during the game, upscaled HD graphics, your choice of four music options and a boatload of extras: a making-of featurette, a 7th Guest novelization, and so on. It's the kind of stuff you'd expect to find on a movie DVD--
Hang on. A DVD is a small, shiny disc that was once used to distribute movies and... Oh, never mind.
The 7th Guest: Remastered for Android is available from the Amazon Appstore and Google Play store. It's currently priced at $5.99.