Riven: The Sequel to Myst (Windows)

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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.


Riven: The Sequel to Myst Windows No matter human lack, there is plently of wild life here
Riven: The Sequel to Myst Windows Ambushed and knocked down by rebels!..
Riven: The Sequel to Myst Windows Turn this huge mechanism around to open a new path
Riven: The Sequel to Myst Windows Traveling all over the islands. Nice transportation system...

Alternate Titles

  • "迷霧之島II" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "神秘岛II - 星空断层" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "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 Tal Cohen (35) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
The most difficult game of the trilogy... But oh, so rewarding! Dave Schenet (130) unrated
Myst times 5..... Chris Martin (1094) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Let's get sucked up by a world so beautiful, it's creepy. Rensch (203) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
A wonderful game that should be in every gamers shelf Djinn (21) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
an amazing game that kept me up at night wondering. Herschel Hoffman (8) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Belongs in any adventure gamer's permanent library jo h. (5) unrated
Perfect the_needle2.0 (11) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Aug 21, 2002 A 100
JeuxVideoPC.com May 06, 2006 18 out of 20 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 18, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
RPGFan Jul 15, 2008 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Meristation Sep 07, 1998 8.4 out of 10 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 30, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Nov 05, 1997 55 out of 100 55


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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.


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.

  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


  • 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).")
MAT (109156) added Riven: The Sequel to Myst (Windows) on Apr 02, 2000
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