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Myst: Addictive - Immersive - Enjoyable
on 9 November 2005
It is fair to say that gaming has moved on since the original Myst was released in the mid 1990s. Back then the game captured a large and loyal following who appreciated the puzzles and the strange but captivating storyline. I played this game first on a Sega Saturn in 1995 and I was hooked from the start.
The first thing to say about this game is that you are alone, on an island trying to solve puzzles that will help you to make progress. Some of those puzzles are relatively easy while others are very difficult – for example the sound puzzle inside the space rocket. But you get a lot of satisfaction when you solve each puzzle and I would suggest that no matter how frustrated you get at times, don't give in and seek help from other sources because you will regret it in the end. The satisfaction comes from solving everything for yourself.
The imagination that has gone into this game is staggering. From the initial island of Myst you will be able to explore four more worlds and these are full of more puzzles for you to solve. All along there is a story being told and it is essential that you take note of everything along the way, read the books you find, because they will help you ultimately make decisions that will result in losing the game or succeeding in the end. Who will you trust?
I recently redid this "Myst Masterpiece Edition" and though I remembered many of the solutions, I certainly enjoyed going through the whole experience again on my PC. The memories came flooding back the moment the music started in the beginning and it was a joy once more.
Technology may have moved on and computer gaming may indeed be much more sophisticated today than it was back in 1995, but Myst proves that the experience is the thing that matters and if you haven’t played this game then you really should, because it is simply a gem of a game.