It hasn't changed much, but a beautiful presentation and easy touch screen controls won't leave you pissed over Myst.
It's official. Myst is now old enough to get its own driver's license. The game has been out since 1993 for various console, computer and handhelds. Now it's available for the iPhone, courtesy of Cyan Worlds. Although it shows its age, Myst is a must play, especially for fans of the original.
Granted, this is still the same game that came out in 1993. A nameless stranger finds a book with the title of "Myst" and reads through it, slowly becoming intrigued by the description of a mysterious island. When he places his hand on the final page, he is suddenly whisked away to said island, with no clues to where he is or how he escapes. You'll spend a majority of the game figuring things out, and with each new discovery, you'll learn more about the island and why you're there.
Myst works with a touch screen interface, so there's really not much to the gameplay. You tap where you want to go, without controlling your character in real time. There are also interactive items, such as knobs and switches that you'll need to play around with in order to proceed. It's suited more for those who like "brainy" games, rather than fast-paced shoot-em-ups.
However, it's the thrill of discovery that really drives you to continue. Little surprises in the story sneak up on you, and with multiple endings to uncover, you may find yourself playing again just to find every last juicy tidbit.
What will really stun you is the game's presentation. Sure, there's not much in the way of real-time activity, but the visuals look beautiful. You'll discover hidden rooms, gorgeous views and other objects, such as a 50s rocket ship, that look strikingly realistic up close. The graphics certainly look better than the fuzzy visuals in the DS version.
As for audio, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a pair of quality headphones. We're talking Bose or Skullcandy. Plug them in, start the game and enjoy the absolutely wonderful soundtrack.
One word of caution: you will get stuck unless you've played Myst before. There is an interactive hint tool available, letting you know what you need to do next. It's cheating, but ideal for those who want to see what's around the next corner. The only downside is you have to stop the game in order to open the guide, since it's in another browser. You can go right back to where you started, but it would've been nice to just have these hints in-game.
Myst hasn't changed much and it isn't for everyone. However, brave adventurers and fans should definitely pick it up. Its curiosities and breathtaking presentation will keep you enthralled for hours.
What's Hot: Looks and sounds terrific on the iPhone, user-friendly touch screen controls, hints are available for those who get stuck.
What's Not: Still the same game from 1993, you must open up a separate browser window in order to receive hints.