9: The Last Resort is a 1996 adventure computer game developed by Tribeca Interactive. The game was produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, and sported an all-star cast of voice-artists including Cher, James Belushi, Christopher Reeve, Anne Heche, Ellen DeGeneres and two members of Aerosmith. It also includes the visual style and artwork of Mark Ryden.
The game came soon after the release of Myst, which revolutionized the graphic adventure genre. Like Myst, 9 is a graphically-rich 3D prerendered world, taking advantage of high-quality QuickTime video, and solely available on CD-ROM. It was written for the Windows platform, unlike most games of the time which ran on DOS and the Mac OS platform.
9 features a large cast of characters, and is rich in character interaction. The game world is populated by bizarre environments, objects and creatures. The game world is designed to represent the limits of man's imagination. There is a strong musical theme running through the entire game, as evidenced by a majority of the puzzles, including the main recurring puzzle. There is also a strong element of humour in the game.
The gameplay, coupled with the extremely high hardware requirements and the high cost of the game led to very few sales, and the game was remaindered.
Formally, the title of the game is just "9", as shown on the box cover. However, the title "The Last Resort" is also displayed on the packaging in different locations, leading most people to refer to the game as "9: The Last Resort". Although the game never uses the two names together, it also does not consistently use one of them. For example, the game's executable is called "Nine", but the game's data folders are prefixed with "LR".
The title is always written as '9', the numeral, not the word (except in some of the game's files).
The name "9" refers to the nine muses which inhabit the resort (from Greek mythology). The muses are represented by various characters in the game.
The name "The Last Resort" is the title of the building in which the game is set. It is a luxury hotel which belonged to a man called Thurston Last, but is also a pun on the term "last resort". The title paves the way for endless numbers of puns on the name "Last", which are made throughout the game.