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Riven: The Sequel to Myst

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows Mobile
...
4.4
Macintosh
85
4.5
iPad
...
4.0
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Description

After the Stranger has rescued Atrus, the master of "linking books", from the imprisonment caused by his sons, a new task awaits the hero. Atrus's wife, Catherine, has been taken by Gehn, his own father. Gehn has appointed himself as the one to rule the Age of Riven, and has driven his world to collapse. Now he holds Catherine hostage on Riven, hoping that his son will restore the book link to the Age and free him from there. The Stranger is requested by Atrus to travel to Riven and find a way to rescue Catherine.

Riven is a sequel to Myst, and is very similar to its predecessor in gameplay style, controls, and visual presentation. The game world is presented as a series of computer-generated still screens; the player explores it in a point-and-click fashion. Interaction with the environment is possible only when said environment is highlighted as a "hot spot", and is also performed by simple clicking. Like its predecessor, Riven is heavy on puzzles, which rarely include using inventory items, but usually involve understanding and manipulating the complex environments and machinery of the game world.

Screenshots

Riven: The Sequel to Myst Windows Near the end of the game. Who are the people on these portraits?..
Riven: The Sequel to Myst iPhone Riven logo.
Riven: The Sequel to Myst Macintosh Looking at the boiler building at crater island
Riven: The Sequel to Myst iPhone Inside a submarine.

Alternate Titles

  • "迷霧之島II" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Riven: La Suite De Myst" -- French title
  • "Riven: Il Seguito Di Myst" -- Italian title
  • "Riven: A Sequência de Myst" -- Brazilian title
  • "Myst 2" -- Informal name
  • "リヴン  ザ シークェル トゥー ミスト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Ahhh Riven. How I long to re-visit thy beautiful cyan sky Windows Tal Cohen (35)
The most difficult game of the trilogy... But oh, so rewarding! Windows Dave Schenet (130)
Myst times 5..... Windows Chris Martin (1098)
Let's get sucked up by a world so beautiful, it's creepy. Windows Rensch (203)
A wonderful game that should be in every gamers shelf Windows Djinn (21)
an amazing game that kept me up at night wondering. Windows Herschel Hoffman (8)
Belongs in any adventure gamer's permanent library Windows jo h. (5)
Perfect Windows the_needle2.0 (11)
RIVEN / I'm sure, this is the place were I came from! RIVEN IS HOME! PlayStation Dani Mittler-Coe (3)
Better than Myst (but still the same anyway) PlayStation Grant McLellan (545)

The Press Says

Just Adventure Macintosh Aug 21, 2002 A 100
Just Adventure Macintosh Aug 21, 2002 A 100
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Mar 04, 2011 19 out of 20 95
Adventure Gamers Windows May 20, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Jan 18, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jan, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Nov 09, 1997 4 out of 5 80
AppSafari iPhone Feb 03, 2011 4 out of 5 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot PlayStation May 14, 1998 5.5 out of 10 55

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Trivia

Saturn version

While the Mac, Windows and Playstation versions were released on five CDs, the Sega Saturn version was released on only four. The layout is as follows:

Disc 1: Intro, Temple Island
Disc 2: Jungle Island, Tay
Disc 3: Book Assembly Island, Survey Island
Disc 4: Prison Island, 233rd Age

The bad endings originally on Disc 5 are now on every disc.

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for this game was composed and performed by Robyn Miller. Also, this soundtrack contains recently recovered d'ni archaeological information. Release date is 1998.

Tracklist:
  1. Link
  2. Atrus Theme
  3. Gateroom
  4. Jungle Totem
  5. Survey Island Theme
  6. Temple
  7. Village Entrance Theme
  8. Moeity Caves
  9. Moeity Theme
  10. Boat Ride
  11. Moeity Prison
  12. The Red Cave
  13. Wahrk Room
  14. Catherine's Prelude
  15. Catherine's Theme
  16. Catherine's Freedom
  17. Gehn Speaks
  18. Gehn's Theme
  19. Fissure
  20. Bonus Track

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #12 Top Vaporware Title in Computer Game History
Information also contributed by MAT and Techademus

Related Web Sites

  • GameFAQs (Walkthroughs and tips for Riven.)
  • Riven EPK (archived) (Electronic press kit for the game featuring in game footage, behind the scenes look and more.)
  • Riven UHS Hints (A collection of hints for the game provided by the Universal Hint System (UHS). UHS hints are structured in such a way as not to give away the answer immediately but, instead, to provide the player with increasingly more revealing hints before finally providing a complete solution.)
  • Riven X (archived) (An open source project that allows Macintosh users to run both the CD and DVD versions of Riven on their modern operating systems. )
  • The Myst Guidebook (The Riven subsection of the Guidebook fansite that provides information about the game and a brief background on the game's production in addition to game hints and a walkthrough.)
  • The Starry Expanse Project (A fan-organized project attempting re-create Riven as a realtime 3D game in a fashion similar to realMYST. The project is currently still active.)
  • Zarf's Review (An unscored review of the Macintosh version of Riven by IF-creator Andrew Plotkin (November, 1997).")
Contributed to by Techademus (331), Kohler 86 (7257), Kabushi (122972), Xoleras (66222), Grant McLellan (545), MAT (74216) and me3D31337 (44131)