Myst for iPhone review

Myst was originally released in 1993 and soon became a huge hit. Now the venerable game from Cyan Worlds is back in the form of Myst for the iPhone and iPod touch. Those who remember playing Myst on their desktops are in for a nostalgic trip back to the game’s haunting and mysterious world. If you’ve never played Myst before, you’ll find it unlike any other game, complete with mystery, puzzles, a rich backstory, and immersive graphics and music.

When you start the game, you’ll find yourself on a seemingly deserted island without any backstory or specified goals. It’s up to you to explore and find clues to what’s going on. Travelling around this interactive world, you’ll find many items and puzzles that reveal more of the story. You’re also presented with decisions that affect the game’s ending. Different choices produce different outcomes, making the game replayable.

You travel through the world of Myst by tapping on a location in the distance; the onscreen picture cross-fades into an image of your destination. Myst features very little animation, with most of it consisting of levers to pull or objects to move. At any time you can save your current spot in the game by dragging and dropping it into one of four empty bookmark slots.

Myst is not a fast-paced action game, and there are no physical enemies to fight or chances of dying. Instead, it is a relaxing-yet-challenging game of discovery, exploration and logical thinking. If you like playing at your own speed while solving puzzles and riddles, then you’re sure to enjoy Myst. If you prefer fast-paced action, this is probably not the game for you.

This port of Myst has remained extremely faithful to the original game – it looks even better than you may remember due to the iPhone’s high-resolution screen.

OUR VERDICT

Myst is a rather large download of 727MB and you’ll actually need 1.5GB of free space to install it. Considering the many hours of intriguing play and the depth of its storyline, Myst should be a welcome addition to your iPhone or iPod touch.

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