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Video game classic ‘7th Guest’ resurrected by local developer


Julia Kaye-Rohlf -- photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions
Julia-Kaye Rohlf — photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions

On Sunday, Ryan HoltKamp wrapped production on his fan game, “The 13th Doll,” which is a tribute to the 1993 video game, “The 7th Guest.” His Iowa City company, Attic Door Productions, received a license last summer to make the game and he’s spared no detail. He’s been planning the project for over ten years.

Robert Hirschboeck and Julia Kaye-Rohlf -- photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions
Robert Hirschboeck and Julia-Kaye Rohlf — photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions

HoltKamp brought on the legendary digital media actor Robert Hirschboeck, who played Henry Stauf in the game series for the new one. Hirschboeck has been called the “Vincent Price” of video games. As the evil Stauf, Hirschboeck leads the player through his creepy mansion to solve puzzles and uncover the secrets of “The 7th Guest.”

For “The 13th Doll,” Attic Door Productions raised over $60,000 on a Kickstarter campaign.

Robert Hirschboeck -- photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions
Robert Hirschboeck — photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions

HoltKamp is a lead programmer at EPX Studios, a student-run video game developer at the University of Iowa. He started Attic Door Productions in 2004 and is the producer for “The 13th Doll” which Peder Goodman directed.

Julia Kaye-Rohlf -- photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions
Julia-Kaye Rohlf — photo courtesy of Attic Door Productions

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