1. msbaylor's Avatar
    Note: I did not review this quite as in-depth as I normally would as I felt that reviews regarding Myst are all over the place and I would just be repeating what everyone else is saying, so I just commented on the port itself.

    Pros:
    -Full game, simply a port
    -Save up to 4 different instances
    -Interacting objects on screen as well as navigating by tapping in the direction you want to go

    Cons:
    -No in-game browser for hints (feature coming soon)
    -Not a time-waster (could be a pro as well)
    -slide show movement

    Video
    Mobile

    4.5/5





    For those of you that do not know what Myst is, it is a port of the old Myst computer game. Myst is an adventure puzzle game in which you are attempting to find your way off the island, or rather attempt to figure out how all the things around you work.

    Having played the original Myst, the iPhone version is just like it. It consists of multiple 3D still images that fade from one to another depending on the area of the screen you touch.


    Controls
    Controls are very simple here. You tap in the direction that you want to go or you tap on objects to interact with them.


    Graphics
    Like I said before, the game is like a 3D image slide show. However, many of the objects that you will interact with do not act as a slide show, but rather as animations. Also there is video in different parts of the game, such as in the books.




    Sound:
    I was very impressed by the way the game handled sound. As you continue through your adventures throughout the ages, the audio is constantly changing, not just when you are interacting with objects, but also the ambient noise.


    The game is quite large in file size about 720MB and is like the original, in its full scale. This is not a game that you pick up walk around a bit then come back to later, rather it is a game that you will want to sit down with and actually play for a significant amount of time. I suppose you could sit down with it for a short time, but at times the games is very complex in which you might want to take notes, so you might want pen & paper nearby.


    Besides all the usual game properties, there is also an Options screen. The options screen allows you to bookmark or in other words save your game in 4 different slots. You simply drag the current screen (the largest of the boxes to one of the four smaller boxes to save the point in the game you are at. To restore a point, you simply drag in the other direction. There are also sliders that control the speed of the transitions and the volume of the sound. You also have the ability to drop a page if you have one in hand (in order to grab a different one.) Or you you can tap on the Help or Hints buttons. These two buttons will take you out of the game and into the Safari browser. The website it takes you to is formatted for the iPhone, so you should not have any issues viewing the web page. There is also a back button which literally takes you right back into the game. I thought the back to the game button was a really nice touch to have.


    I was curious about what Cyan Worlds had planed for Myst, so I emailed Mark at Cyan Worlds and asked him if there would be any updates for Myst in the future. He replied stating that they would be fixing some minor items, adding an in-game browser for looking up hints and a few other surprises Well I can honestly say I'll be looking forward to what is coming from Cyan Worlds.


    Overall
    I really enjoyed playing this port of Myst. I highly recommend this game to an Myst fan and for anyone that like puzzles or adventure-puzzles for that matter. However if you are the type of person that just wants to quickly play part of this game to kill time, then this is not the game for you.
    Last edited by msbaylor; 06-07-2009 at 05:37 PM. Reason: Mistakes in grammer & spelling
    05-17-2009 03:03 AM
  2. Snowman81's Avatar
    I really liked the game as well, and I think anyone who loved adventure games from back in the day will be happy with this port. I'd love to see a company do a Gabriel Knight 2 iPhone port....that would truly make my year. lol
    05-18-2009 12:50 PM
  3. tchaves's Avatar
    Looks really cool. I considered downloading it, then realized that my ability to get anything done would probably tank for the next few weeks. Thanks for the review.
    05-19-2009 12:30 PM
  4. Allyson Kazmucha's Avatar
    I have had it downloaded for the past week or so but haven't had the chance to really mess with it. I'm sure it'll be a game I will get addicted to and not want to put my phone down. Currently, I'm severely addicted to doodlejump!
    05-19-2009 04:07 PM
  5. RyanMitchellGames's Avatar
    LOL I loved this game a LONG time ago. But good adventure games just are not made anymore. So I will have to definately pick this up thanks fir the review. All I wanted to know is if it WAS a good Port =)
    05-26-2009 03:40 PM
  6. Leanna Lofte's Avatar
    I beat it the other day Great game. Now we need Riven!!
    05-26-2009 08:45 PM
  7. jbmoney13's Avatar
    Really good port, huge file to download but i'm wondering if Myst 2 is in the works.
    05-28-2009 01:46 PM
  8. Snowman81's Avatar
    Finished it the other day....something I didn't do when the game first came out way back in tha day. My only issue with the game was the small size of the videos that played back on the pages of the books, thats one area where doing something different from the original game would have been a good idea.
    05-29-2009 01:09 AM
  9. Snowman81's Avatar
    Really good port, huge file to download but i'm wondering if Myst 2 is in the works.
    I saw an article somewhere that claimed Riven was indeed planned, but man I shudder at the thought of the size of the download for Riven, the original game took up something like 5 CDs, and even with the down sizing of the images and better compression algorithms you have to imagine its still gonna be a big game (for an iPhone game).
    05-29-2009 01:13 AM
  10. msbaylor's Avatar
    I've added the video to the review. Only posting the mobile version for now.
    06-07-2009 05:38 PM
  11. caspianx67's Avatar
    The port is indeed beautiful!
    07-21-2009 06:27 PM
  12. Jack Green's Avatar
    Seems like a really nice game, Graphics is very nice!

    Jack
    11-12-2009 03:03 PM
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