- Platform: Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
Its detractors will point, with some degree of justification, to the ponderous pace, the old-style gameplay approach and the game's tendency to cover its cracks with outstanding presentation. Yet those who champion it would argue this misses the point. Myst has always been a cerebral experience that rewards patience, thought and a generous investment of time.
The actual truth isn't quite as clear cut as either camp would have it. There's plenty to admire in Myst IV, and it's a game with a thought-out, well compiled story at the heart of it. It's very easy to get to grips with, and has few qualms about challenging and pushing the gamer to unravel the many puzzles they're presented with. It deliberately avoids all-out action, and instead encourages you to explore, interact and take in the impressive multimedia diversions.
But does it work as a game? Actually, yes it does. The adventure itself is pleasantly engrossing, and it'll happily show off the capabilities of the kind of hefty PC that's needed to run it. It won't win much favour with action gamers, nor those who have failed to warm to the Myst experience in the past. But then perhaps it's not supposed to. Instead, those who like a gentler, more laid-back but no-less an addictive gaming experience are advised to give it a try.--Simon Brew