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Myst (Windows 3.x)

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Written by  :  ex_navynuke! (48)
Written on  :  Apr 13, 2005
Platform  :  Windows 3.x
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Summary

Myst did to PC gaming what grunge rock did to the hair/metal bands!

The Good

Myst came out and PC gaming was never the same again...

Then again, just because it was new and different and successful, doesn't mean every developer has to imitate it. That's *their* fault, not Myst's.

Where Myst does best is in delivering *ambiance*. It does this through outstanding (for the time) graphics, background noises, and yes, even the non-interactive aspect of each screen.

The retro-futuristic puzzles are difficult to master, but not impossible, given a little thought. It was fun unlocking the puzzles, and then entering and solving the different ages.

The Bad

Not much replay value, because *nothing* changes. I still remember many of the puzzles, as well as the ending - so what's the point of doing it again.

And unfortunately, Myst broke the old adventure game formula, and in becoming so successful, *became* the adventure game formula - at least for a while. *sigh*.

The Bottom Line

A fun and immersive little diversion from real life.