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Myst

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Type of Program: CD Adventure
Supported Platforms: Windows 3.1
Company Name: Broderbund
Version: 1.0
Price: 29.99
Installed Size: 2MB

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Myst is a classic adventure game created in 1994. The journey begins on a mysterious and somewhat magical island world that seems like a ghost town, but despite the lack of inhabitants, the isle contains several buildings, and a hidden ship in the harbor.

The game is a puzzle/adventure novel in which you have to solve different mysteries and puzzles, while the whole aspect of the game is to be an adventure. Myst is completely made up of several Quick Time movies, and was one of the first games to incorporate actual movies into a game.

I found the game, intriguing, yet desolate. There are almost no actual characters or enemies, and the puzzles take forever (or a hint guide) to solve. I also found the game play to be way to slow to keep up with today's rapidly unfolding game plots. The adventure takes too long to become an adventure. This is rather unorthodox of a computer game, because most games start an adventure or action sequence early on in the game, and some games start the adventure in a hostile world with instant action.

Despite the age and lack of action in the game, Myst is still a classic adventure novel/game, and there are more people that like Myst than there are critics. I recommend this game to the slow paced adventure fan. Myst does have a lot to offer to the experienced gamer.

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Reviewed by John Guilfoil - johnguilfoil@juno.com


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