Trilobyte Games is dedicated to combining the power of great storytelling with interactivity and the social space of new media. The company was recently re-organized to bring existing and new gaming titles to mobile platforms including Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It is also positioned to develop the next generation of enhanced, media rich interactive appbooks for the iPad.
Joining original Trilobyte co-founder and creative director Rob Landeros are John Fricker, chief technology officer; and, Charlie McHenry, chief operating officer.
Trilobyte is most famous for creating the PC game The 7th Guest, one of the first computer games for CD-ROM and which Bill Gates called "the new standard in interactive entertainment.". The game was a puzzle-solving game similar in style to Myst. But unlike Myst which used static screens, The 7th Guest was the first game to use full rendered 3D animation and navigation. For the time, it had amazing graphics by Rob Landeros, Robert Stein III, Gene Bodio, Alan Iglesias, MIDI music by The Fat Man, and a fun story by Matthew J. Costello.
The 7th Guest was released in 1993. 60,000 copies were snapped up overnight, and a bevy of requests for reorders arrived days later, some CD-ROM manufacturers registered up to a 300 percent increase in sales for CD-ROM drives. The game proved to be a turning point in CD-ROM based technology. If not for the popularity of The 7th Guest and Myst, a similar-styled adventure game, the CD-ROM would not have been as popular and would have taken longer to gain a foothold in the marketplace.
The sequel, The 11th Hour was released in the fall of 1995. It was one of the first games to support 16-bit color. Graphically, the game was superb for the time. It featured detailed environments and fluid motion.
The next projects for Trilobyte were published by Trilobyte itself. Clandestiny, with gameplay similar to the previous The 7th Guest, and The 11th Hour, though using cel animated (cartoon) video rather than live action, and Uncle Henry's Playhouse, a re-packaging of a number of the puzzles and games from The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, and Clandestiny.
After Clandestiny, the company effectively took two internal directions. Landeros led a project called Tender Loving Care, while Devine started a Massively Multiplayer project, Millennium. Tender Loving Care (starring John Hurt), often referred to simply as TLC, was completed and released in 1998 by Landeros' new company Aftermath Media.
TLC is currently under development by Trilobyte Games for the iPad and other touch tablets and is due for release later this year.