Myst

Original Platform: Windows 3.x

Myst is a first-person graphic adventure created by Cyan and published by Brøderbund in 1993 for Macintosh and Windows 3x.

Year1993
GenreAdventure
Rating4.5

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PublisherBrøderbund Software
DeveloperCyan
OS supportedWindows XP, 2000 & Windows 7, MacOS X 10.6+
Updated6 November 2019
TAGS3d rendering fantasy first-person point and click puzzle-solving

Game Review

Myst is a first-person graphic adventure created by Cyan and published by Brøderbund in 1993 for Macintosh and Windows 3x.

The game was incredibly successful, and it was ported later to 3DO, Amiga, CD-i, Playstation, SEGA Saturn, and many other platforms.

The player controls The Stranger, who is magically transported into the Myst island. He will have to explore the island and solve its many mysteries and puzzles. Somehow it reminds of an interactive book, rather than a video game. There are also several possible endings, depending on the choices of the player.

The adventure, designed by two brothers, Rand and Robyn Miller, was completely different compared to other titles seen until then. It was based on static scenes, beautifully rendered in 3D. There was no inventory, and there were no items to collect. All puzzles were based on mechanisms and objects that the player needs to manipulate. The only interaction is the click of the mouse cursor. There is also no violence, enemies, or ways to die in this game. The Miller brothers - designers of games for children until then - wanted an adventure that everyone could play: a game for non-gamers.

The scenes were pre-rendered because the hardware available at the time could have never generated graphics like this in real-time. Despite the lack of animation (apart from short cutscenes), the result was amazing: it was the best 3D visuals ever seen on a video game. Consider that there are 2500 different locations in the game, each one of them is like a beautiful painting. Of course, the only way to store all these images was the use of a CD-ROM, so Myst was one of the first games exclusively on CD. In fact, it was the reason why many people purchased a CD-ROM drive in the '90s.

The reviews of the game were positive, even if some reviewers criticized the lack of interaction or the not-so-advanced game engine. But positive reviews or not, Myst was an impressive commercial success. Before 2000, it sold more than 6 mln units, becoming the top-selling video game of the '90s. But most of all, Myst is the title that demonstrated that video games can be art.

Review by: Manu
Published: 9 November 2019, 6:59 am


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