Conclusion: As a longtime fan of the Myst series, I so badly wanted to like this game, and there are moments where you catch a tiny glimpse of what it could have been: immersive, enjoyable, and even fun. More often than not, though, it ends up being the most painful, soul-destroying, stressful, rather-stick-a-rusty-nail-in-my-eye excuse for an adventure game I have ever played.
Excerpt: It is a testament to the rapid development of video game hardware that a title that was revolutionary to behold when it arrived on the Apple Mac some 14 years ago now looks fairly average on Nintendo's tiny handheld. Myst DS is the latest remake of the classic 1993 puzzler that still courts confusion and excitement to this day. Since the original game's launch there have been numerous versions, comics, novels, and even the recent MMO named Uru Live.
Excerpt: Sensibilities and expectations have changed over the last 15 years, but not much else has. The game is still a collection of wondrous locales which we must navigate in the crudest of ways—through a poverty of frames such that turning around brings to mind a herky-jerky slide show. Impossibly, the game actually looks worse – far worse – than it did when it first reared its innovative head in 1993.
Summary: Myst is an immersive experience that draws you in and won't let you go. You enter a unique setting, venturing alone to varied times and places, the worlds that compose Myst. There are no instructions, and you encounter no living beings but soon realize your actions may help individuals who are somehow trapped in a parallel dimension.
Excerpt: You can't go home again. The clich? about ceaseless change frequently and regrettably applies to videogames. We inevitably mature, gaining experience and perspective, and those places we seek to revisit, whether they be our childhood homes or fantastic videogame worlds, succumb to age, especially when their caretakers allow them to fall into disrepair.
Excerpt: Game: Myst Genre: Adventure/Puzzle Platform: Nintendo DS If you are old enough to have played computer games in the mid-90s, there’s an overwhelming chance that you owned, or at least played, the classic game Myst . When this game came out in 1993, it was visually ahead of its time. A so-called adventure game loaded with obscure puzzles, Myst was praised by critics and was ridiculously successful.