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Myst IV: Revelation (PC/DVD)

by Ubisoft
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 7 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Myst IV: Revelation (PC/DVD)


Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00067A8OK
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,462 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

The latest in a series of adventure games that has divided gamers pretty much from the beginning, Myst IV is undoubtedly a persuasive evolution for the franchise. However, whether you like it or not is going to very much come down to what side of the fence you fall.

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


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A question of relevance and continuity 17 Sept. 2006
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
All in all, I found alot of it enjoyable, although one Age (Haven) required a steady hand and a very good ear for music: not a game to be played with only a touch-pad and small speakers!

The musical score is beautiful, though many scenes have only soundeffects, so it lacks the constant atmospheric melodies of the earlier games.

Complaints about poor acting and unnecessarily easier puzzles were exagerated, I feel. Although nowhere near as hard as its predecessor Riven (Myst II), Revelation kept the plot development and (almost)seemless blend of cutscene and interactive photo-realistic environment. I actually found that some of the puzzles seemed to lack clues (or at least had clues that were extremly cryptic or hard to find) and so became brain-achingly confusing.

It also made it compulsary to finish both the side-quest type Prison Ages to actually complete the game, something that wasnt made clear while in the prison Ages themselves (it allows you to leave and come back without finishing the age, which is unusual for the Myst ages).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good game 7 Dec. 2004
The fourth episode of the long-running first person adventure series makes its way onto the PC and Mac, courtesy of Ubisoft.
Within the visually awe-inspiring world of Myst, a gripping family drama will slowly unfold. In Myst IV Revelation, you finally learn the fate of Sirrus and Achenar, two villains first introduced in the original Myst.
The brothers have remained trapped in seperate prison worlds, abandoned by their father for crimes they had committed.
Your task is to uncover the mystery surrounding a little girl's disappearance, venturing deep inside the intense worlds of the villainous brothers. Understanding their motives is key to your success and will be a true 'revelation'.
The breathtaking graphics and in-game ambient music from none ofther than Peter Gabriel bring the game to life, as you meander through the landscape exploring and completing objectives in your own time and order.
There's plenty of references to previous Myst games, but it is not necessary to have played these in order to appreciate the game fully. Beginners will soon be sucked into the storyline as much as the die-hards.
Good Sequel for pc!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I'd hoped! 23 Jun. 2014
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Wasn't sure if this would work on my laptop as it's an older game, but it works great with no problems. So happy as it's a really great, intelligent, thought provoking game, albeit quite hard! It should last me a while!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faded glory 18 Dec. 2004
A game is a game, but a Myst game is art. Or so it was. At last commerce has taken over.
Myst and Riven (the first two parts of the Myst series) were made by a small, passionate team taking a lot of time and effort to make even the smallest details perfect. In Riven, the player had to unravel the culture and rites of a mysterious civilisation. Without this understanding you couldn't solve the game. There was no book in the game called 'Culture and rites of this mysterious civilisation': you had to shape your own picture with the small pieces found throughout the game and ultamately judge. That is what made the game an intellectual challenge. The puzzles were unbreakable and you could be stuck at one point for months and months. At night, you could lie awake for hours pondering for a solution. In a flash, the answer might come to you. That is what made the game an emotional challenge (as did the excellent acting). And there were the breathtaking graphics, making the game nice to see.
Of all that, only the graphics have remained in Myst IV. A flat and cristal clear story is presented to the player at the start of the game, he finds his way through the game without much effort and gets on with his life without any impression left in his mind. Like a bad movie...
I want to bang my head to the wall again in agony after hours of no result! Please give me back the old feeling of having achieved something impossible.
To be honest, I feel left alone. What was once a glorious trademark, has become an opportunity for big companies to make some millions once in a few years. Cyan has sold its soul to the devil.
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