Myst is a series of graphical puzzle-adventure electronic games that were created in 1993 by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller for Cyan Worlds, Broderbund Software and their own company, The Millers. It is known for its innovative gameplay, a story that uses a 1st person perspective, and an ability to immerse players in the game’s world.
It was one of the first graphical puzzle-adventure games to use realtime graphics, and its ability to re-create the world on screen gave it a unique look and feel. The Millers also used a “hypercard stack” format, which allowed them to create the game’s graphics in a way that could be scaled up or down depending on what the player needed. The result was an immersive and challenging experience that was one of the most popular video games of all time, becoming the #1-selling PC game from 1994 to 2001.
The story follows an explorer named Atrus, who has the ability to write books that act as links to other worlds (called Ages). These “linking books” can be opened by a person who has the ability to travel between the ages in question, and the player takes on the role of a person who goes with Atrus to investigate various Ages.
Each Age has a unique color scheme that represents the different types of creatures that live on the island; each Age is a separate world that is inhabited by its own people. The game takes place on a small island called Myst, and the player must travel to each Age to solve puzzles and uncover story information.
After a few Ages, the Stranger learns that Sirrus and Achenar, Atrus’s sons, are imprisoned on D’ni. They ask the player to help them find a page that will let them leave D’ni and return home. If the player links to D’ni without bringing Atrus the page he requested, they will end up trapped on D’ni forever.
There are two bad endings: if the player gives Sirrus the red page, he switches places with the Stranger and laughs at him/her; if the player gives Achenar the blue page, he tears out the pages from the book and gloats that he has freed his brother. The good ending is achieved by finding a white page that the Stranger can bring to a green book containing Atrus.
Despite its reputation as being an innovative and difficult game, the myst is often criticized for being too long. However, a recent version of the game has been released that is shorter than its predecessors and contains several new features.
The game was remastered in 2015, and a VR edition is available for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Quest. This version of the game is designed from the ground up to support both VR and 2D play, including new art, sound, re-imagined interactions and optional puzzle randomization.
Originally, the myst was a series of graphical 3-D images arranged into a hypercard stack, and the player moved through them as if they were on a computer screen. This style of gameplay was limited by the graphical capabilities of computers at the time, and it took some creative thinking to make it work. The game was also one of the first to implement 1st person perspective, which put the player into the game to a greater extent than any other game before it.the myst