This isn't the first time one of the grandfathers of adventure games was brought into modern gaming. The first version of realMyst released in 2000 as a fully 3D remake of the titular island, its cleverly designed puzzles, and the dramatic bicker-war between two trapped brothers. Developer Cyan Worlds has now given the remake a remake with the Steam release of realMyst: Masterpiece Edition which improves compatibility for modern PCs and adds a few navigation aids.
20 years after it unleashed the strange and wonderful Myst into the world, developer Cyan Worlds has a new first-person adventure game in the works. It's called Obduction, and Cyan is looking for crowdfunding support through Kickstarter. The developers are turning to Kickstarter after getting a less than enthusiastic response from publishers, according to Cyan CEO Rand Miller.
Reinstall invites you to join us in revisiting classics of PC gaming days gone by. This week, we explore the eerily deserted, ethereal landscape of Myst.
With six million copies sold, making it the best-selling game of all time until The Sims came along, there’s absolutely no arguing Myst’s place in PC gaming history. It set a new benchmark for multimedia and 3D rendering. It inspired many people who would never have touched a game to give it a try, sucking them into our world. It gave printer manufacturers something to bundle with their products.
Myst, in a word, is a legend.
I hate it. I hate it so much.
Myst scared the wits out of me as a child—hey, it was hard to appreciate the serene beauty of an abandoned island that looks like René Magritte's private resort—but it also captured the ancient power of books and the wonderous worlds they weave for the imagination. That's why I'm terribly conflicted over Myst enthusiast Mike Ando's creation of a full-fledged linking book complete with an encased, working computer playing the entirety of the legendary adventure franchise on a display iconically embedded within its pages. Oh, well—another jump through the looking glass won't hurt.