Review by Jen
Myst. You either love it or you hate it. It has the unique
distinction of not only being the best-selling computer game of
all time but also both the best-loved and the most-loathed. No
matter what camp you fall into, one thing is for certain: no other
game has gotten more people hooked on adventure gaming than Myst.
Seeking to capitalize on the previous success of Myst now
that it's fallen off the bestseller charts, Mindscape has released
an updated version called Myst Masterpiece. The enhanced
version is the same game with the same puzzles, but the graphics
are now 24-bit, the music has been remastered, new sound effects
have been added, and the game now installs and plays very easily
in Win95/98. In addition, there is a new online hint systemif
you get stuck, you simply click on the bottom of the screen. Three
levels of hints are available, from gentle nudge to outright spoiler.
I know I would have welcomed a feature like this the first time
I played! Oh, and I almost forgot, the swellest new addition is
a map of each world. I always get disoriented very easily in slide-show
style games, and the maps are great!
I was surprised at the level of story there was in Myst. All
of the loathers have been getting to me, I guess, because I remembered
it as a series of puzzles that lead to a conclusion, but it actually
has a pretty strong fantasy plot. Replaying it brought back a
lot of fond gaming memories. I actually remembered quite a bit
with regard to the puzzle solutions (I guess because I strained
my brain so hard the first time around that it all got hardwired),
and so I found it not so fun the second time through (but it went
fast!). Thus, I would recommend buying this new version only if
you haven't played Myst before or if you played it years
ago in Win 3.1 and now want to try it again on your more up-to-date
system. However, if either of these two are the casego for
A final thought: you know how there are red and blue Pokemon
games and now they're coming out with a yellow Pikachu version?
They should have added some yellow Pikachu pages to Myst.
We and about a hundred million other parents will most likely
be buying that yellow Pikachu Pokemon, even though no doubt
it's the same damn thing as the red and blue, around Christmas
time, and it might have worked the same way for Mindscape.
Want to learn more? The official web site is www.mystmasterpiece.com.
Developer: Red Orb/Cyan
Release Date: August 1999
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