Rating

A+

Specific Ratings

GameplayA+
GraphicsC
Learning CurveB-
Replay ValueA+
SoundA-

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Simple and fun gameplay
  • Complex story
  • Addictive Gameplay
  • Requires thought
Cons
  • Easy to get confused
  • Some frustrating puzzles
  • Crashes a lot

Myst -- Masterpiece Edition (PC)

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Summary

Old game that's still fun

Description

Let me start by saying that until a few days ago, I had never inserted a Myst CD into any of the drives of the various computers I've had over time, so my experience is very fresh. As soon as I started playing, I got sucked into a world of science fiction, and found that I couldn't tear myself away.

Let us start out from the beginning. You aren't told anything about what is going on or what anything around you is, unless of course you read the box or the readme. Anyway, you start on an island with no directions about what to do or where to go. You wander around and see a ship on your right, a rather large gear ahead, and upon further inspection you see a switch. Switches are always good, right?

Myst does a great job of allowing the user to grasp the concept of each world in time, instead of giving you background information like modern RPGs. The further you progress, the more questions you have, and the more answers Myst has hidden in it's various worlds.

Gameplay is very simple, consisting of point-and-click mischief. Along the way, you run into various puzzles. Some examples of the puzzles you can run into include changing the time on a clock, deciphering constellations, and my all time favorite: matching musical tones. This last one can get on the frustrating side, for sure, as being off even half a note can cause problems.

Those who like to play their computer games with music on and talking to various people using various messenger programs (like me) may not appreciate this game as much, as it tends to crash if you are switching between programs. Also, most of the sounds in Myst are just as important, if not more so, than the visuals.

The plot is... rather unique in Myst. Without giving away too much, I'll say that you find out the world you are on originally was made - yes, made - with something called The Art. I won't tell you much more, as that would ruin some of the fun of the game. smiley:::wink

What it comes down to is this: even years after it's initial release, Myst is a must-own, must-play adventure that has stood the test of time, and will continue to do so. The scores on the right of your screen over there aren't averaged, as this game well deserves the A+ I gave it.

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