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Myst V: End of Ages

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
75
4.2
Windows
80
3.9
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Description

Myst V: End of Ages is the final wrap-up of the successful Myst saga. It begins several years after the events of Uru, To D'ni, and Path of the Shell. This final chapter starts in the Age of K'veer, where Atrus, the creator of the linking books, lived in both Myst and Riven.

Players of previous Myst games learned of the D'ni, the people whose world died due to wrong-doings and neglect. Meet again an older and discouraged Yeesha, the daughter of Atrus and Catherine, who implores you to reconstruct a powerful tablet comprised of 4 parts. Explore beautiful Ages to find the pieces that will make the whole, solving puzzles which require logic and deduction. Once the tablet is reconstructed, it will be up to you to make the right choice .. Revive the D'ni world .. or destroy it. Three distinct endings can occur depending upon your final decision.

Besides RealMyst, the remake of the original Myst, this is the only game in the series to use real-time 3D which allows you to move fluidly throughout scenery that is alive with movement. Using new technology, facial expressions and movements are rendered by motion-capturing the faces of real actors and actresses as they spoke and then combining the result with the graphically rendered characters.

The interface is mouse-drive in point-and-click fashion traditional to the 4 previous games, but with options to play in "classic" or "free move" mode. An original, fully-orchestrated musical score compliments the gameplay.

Screenshots

Myst V: End of Ages Windows Main Menu
Myst V: End of Ages Windows Eshra. Is he friend or foe?
Myst V: End of Ages Windows This sketch might be of use, but you can't take it with you.
Myst V: End of Ages Windows Symbols on a wall, bowls below .. a clue to another puzzle will show itself here.

Alternate Titles

  • "迷霧之島5:最終章" -- Chinese title (traditional)
  • "神秘岛V:时代的终结" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Myst V: Koniec Wieków" -- Polish title
  • "Myst 5" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

Innovative, fitting conclusion to the series Windows Risujin (10)
All good things must come to an end... Windows Jeanne (75620)

The Press Says

CPU Gamer Windows Dec 28, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
GamingTrend Windows Oct 13, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Macworld Macintosh Nov 30, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
USA Today Macintosh Oct 17, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
USA Today Windows Oct 17, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Oct, 2005 7.75 out of 10 78
Just Adventure Windows Oct 11, 2005 B 75
Gamekult Windows Sep 22, 2005 7 out of 10 70
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Windows Oct 08, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Gamezine Windows Oct 02, 2005 13 out of 20 65

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Trivia

On 25th October 2005, Tim Larkin's original soundtrack was released on CD. It contains 17 tracks, runs over 50 minutes and also serves as an homage, of sorts, to the entire franchise. It can be ordered here.

Related Web Sites

  • Apple Games Article (An article discussing Myst V: End of Ages, including comments from the developers.)
  • Bert Jamin's Walkthrough (Complete solution with graphics)
  • GameFaqs Guides (Walkthroughs and FAQs for Myst 5)
  • Hint Guide (on Myst Obsession, a series fan site)
  • Myst V: End of Ages (Official US website)
  • Rand Miller Speaks About Myst V (A transcript of a meeting held with Rand Miller at the 2005 E3 trade show as provided by news site Just Adventure.)
  • The Myst Guidebook (The End of Ages subsection of the Guidebook fansite that provides information about the game and a brief background on the game's production.)
  • UHS Hints (Full guide with solutions arranged in question and answer format)
  • Wikipedia: Myst V (A general article about the game on the open encyclopedia.)
  • Zarf's Mini-Review (A mini-review of the Macintosh version of End of Ages by interactive fiction writer Andrew Plotkin (Feb. 24th, 2010).)
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