Riven: The Sequel to Myst

aka: Myst 2, Riven: A Sequência de Myst, Riven: Il Seguito Di Myst, Riven: La Suite De Myst
Moby ID: 1262
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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.

Spellings

  • リヴン  ザ シークェル トゥー ミスト - Japanese spelling
  • 神秘岛II - 星空断层 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • 迷霧之島II - Chinese spelling (traditional)

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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 83% (based on 43 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.0 out of 5 (based on 153 ratings with 10 reviews)

A wonderful game that should be in every gamers shelf

The Good
Beautiful graphics, great sound and CHALLENGING puzzles. Even if you don't have I clue of where you are going you are still going to be amazed of the beautiful environment. If you didn't play Myst yet it doesn't matter you won't be confused at all and in riven there is people you can have contact with unlike Myst. Riven comes pact with 5 cd's.

The Bad
The game is very difficult and the puzzles are unrelated to the plot.

The Bottom Line
You gotta give this game a try but if your the kinda guy that doesn't like thinking stay away from this game if not then your in for a good time.

Windows · by Djinn (11) · 2000

Better than Myst (but still the same anyway)

The Good
The only thing good about this game is it's breathtaking scenery, I mean even with the limited capabilities of the Playstation, it still looks beautiful

The Bad
Unlike the PC version, the Playstation version suffers from some problems which will affect your enjoyment of the game, first of all the game play is slow (with the Playstation joypad that is, it'd be better by playing this game with a mouse) and the loading times between switching scenes gets annoying. Plus some of the puzzles are close to impossible (but then again it Riven had a difficulty level setting "impossible" would only be the easy mode!)

The Bottom Line
If you enjoyed Myst, then I'd guess you'd enjoy this (despite the puzzles in the game)

PlayStation · by Grant McLellan (584) · 2001

an amazing game that kept me up at night wondering.

The Good
the ammount of thought needed to complete the game. every click brought a new surprise. i also liked the turning off all the lights, turning up the sound, and going on one of the tram rides. almost as good as a roller coaster!

The Bad
some of the puzzles were way to hard and had me standing around in one area for literally hours just looking for the little trap door.

The Bottom Line
a very fun game...definitely reccomendable.

Windows · by Herschel Hoffman (5) · 2000

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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

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  • Acclaim website
    Official Acclaim site for Riven.
  • 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)."

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Game added by MAT.

iPhone added by Techademus. SEGA Saturn added by Kohler 86. Windows Mobile added by Kabushi. Macintosh added by Xoleras. PlayStation added by Grant McLellan. iPad added by me3D31337.

Additional contributors: Swordmaster, Jeanne, Apogee IV, chirinea, Zeppin, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger, Nightson Blaze, Techademus, HelloMrKearns.

Game added April 2, 2000. Last modified May 1, 2024.