phatkhat | Added on: April 4, 2012
When Myst came out in the early 90s, it was a runaway bestseller, and stayed the top selling game until it was deposed by the Sims in 2002. RealMyst was released in 2000, and went beyond the "slideshow" effect of the original to a realtime 360 3D environment. This game is 12 years old, but if you have never played it, and you like adventure games, you are in for a real treat. The environment is ever changing, and you can roam freely, chasing butterflies or whatever you wish. For sheer beauty, it is breathtaking. The music is also excellent, and adds to the atmosphere. The voice acting is also very well done. But you will not be interacting with characters, nor will you collect inventory, nor can you die (until the very end, and only if you are very witless). This is strictly a game of wits and thinking-outside-the-box. If you suffer from motion sickness in 360 games, though, this will NOT be your cup of tea. It takes some time to learn to control your movement, and there will be some breathtaking spins along the way! Slowing down the mouse response will help, but you will have to get the feel of it. (The non-360 version of Myst is also available online, along with some of the sequels.) I'm truly glad to see some of the old classic adventures offered on casual sites. I've been an adventure gamer since the old LucasArts games and Zork, but for new players who have learned to enjoy adventure through the HOPAs, this will be a new experience. The puzzles in the Myst series are diabolical, though usually logical, and there are no ingame hints, though their are solutions to puzzles when you look for them. There are several hint sites online, and if you search for "myst hints" you will find them. You will probably need them, though you may do a few headslaps when you peek, LOL. This is a very long game - don't expect to be done in a few hours, even if you use hints. You will definitely get your money's worth. You will also probably find yourself totally immersed in the worlds of Myst. Replay value is good, if you let a bit of time go by before replaying. I will also say that it is a kid friendly game if the kids are fairly mature. There are some kind of disturbing elements here and there, though nothing graphic nor gory. Definitely give this one a try!