Myst IV: Revelation

aka: Myst 4, Myst IV: Objawienie, Myst IV: Odhalení, Myst IV: Révélation
Moby ID: 15044
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In Myst IV, you learn the fate of the two brothers from Myst 1 and must search for Yeesha, Atrus' daughter. Sirrus and Achenar have remained trapped in their prison worlds for crimes they have committed. With the disappearance of Yeesha, you must explore the two prison worlds and find her.

Like the previous games in the Myst series, the gameplay is node based and not 3-D like Uru. Myst IV is more interactive than any other previous Myst game. Using a hand as your cursor, you can push buttons, pull and push things, open and close drawers, or just tap objects. The game also contains a built in hint system with three levels of hints, each level gives more and more help on how to solve a puzzle.

The soundtrack was composed by Jack Wall with a song by artist Peter Gabriel.

Myst IV also has the addition of a zip mode, allowing you to quickly travel to places you've been before.

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  • 神秘岛IV:启示录 - Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • 迷霧之島4 - Chinese spelling (traditional)

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Average score: 82% (based on 43 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 42 ratings with 2 reviews)

Stupendous !! Surpassed my expectations in EVERY respect

The Good
Just when you think you’ve seen everything in point-and-click adventures, along comes one that shows innovation, imagination and introduces real technological improvements. Myst IV Revelation breaks through normality and shows just what we gamers have been missing!

Not just beautiful .. Myst 4’s graphics are breathtaking with special effects that make you feel you are really THERE. The world is in constant motion everywhere you look – birds, insects, flowing water, leaves swaying in the breeze.

Not merely pleasant to hear .. the music is unbelievably fantastic. Sound effects that bring everything to life.

Not simply a good story .. a masterful one with a high immersion factor. Multiple endings provide the gamer a choice. The “good” ending gives a more than satisfactory conclusion to the tale.

Mix in excellent character acting, an intelligent, well-written script, diverse, challenging puzzles, a simple interface, an automatic update launcher (similar to what Sierra used to provide) and you reach the pinnacle in a gaming experience.

Innovations include the lack of inventory (no objects to carry around), the inclusion of an in-game camera (acting as your journal) in which you are able to add your own notes, a “zip” mode for quickly going to pre-visited places, and a layered hint system (accessed from the Options menu).

The Bad
The cursor comes in the form of a “hand” shape and changes with what is being done .. a stationary one, one holding a magnifying glass (for examining something closer), an open hand (mostly used to grab hold of a handle, for instance, and pull/push/turn it), and a pointing fingered hand (for movement). At times, it was a pixel hunt to find the “sweet spot” for interacting with something. In at least two of the most difficult puzzles in the game, this became very irritating. The released patch helps only somewhat in solving that dilemma.

The lack of subtitles means you must turn up the volume and listen carefully. (The Dutch version does contain subtitles.)

The Bottom Line
Very few adventures have a replay value, but this game is a keeper!

Myst IV Revelation shouldn’t be missed! It will help to have played the previous games in the series which provide the background to Revelation’s story.

Windows · by Jeanne (75945) · 2005

Opens strong but wavers.

The Good
Technically, Myst IV inherits the changes made in Myst: Exile with a few additions of its own. The panoramic look-around mode Presto Studios introduced to the Myst series first developed in their own Journeyman: Legacy of Time (a superior game in many respects) is here sans walking animations.

One interesting addition is the depth of field effect (blurring out of focus objects). Although I had to turn this off pretty soon to keep the mouse cursor from moving completely snail-pace (with mouse sensitivity all the way up).

Another addition is that you now move puzzle elements as if moving the block part of a scrollbar, the animation tracks the movement of your mouse, very neat.

You now have a camera and projector dealio with which you can screenshot the various puzzle hints scattered around the game and view them later. This is a very handy addition for the kinds of puzzles this game has.

Later in the game you recieve an amulet which allows you to play flashback videos attached to certain objects (and just about everything has one--if even just a sound clip). This reveals a great deal of backstory, can read journals for you, and helps with a few of the puzzles.

Finally, a hint-system has been added to the game to ease the pain. It is divided into three hint levels for every puzzle, includes a map of every age. I only ended up using it once thought the game.

The biggest wow-factor to this game, until you acclimate to it at least, is the sheer volume of animations. Everywhere you look something is moving for some reason or another (sometimes inexplicably). Combined with the high resolution (1024x768 max) of the graphics, it is all very impressive. The eye candy is definitely here.

By the time your first impressions start wearing off you'll be well into solving the puzzles in the first few ages you are given. There are four ages to explore--Tomahna, Spire, Haven and Serenia--each one with a very distinct style, including wonderful atmospheric music and plenty of backstory scattered among various notes and journals.

The Bad
So about the puzzles... there really aren't that many of them. Of the four ages, each has maybe three or four major puzzles to solve (I am excluding things like "turn switch to open door"...there is plenty of that to slow you down).

Especially later when you have access to Haven, Spire, and Serenia its unclear what it is you're supposed to be doing and exactly when you have "beaten" an age. While you're on a mission to save the little girl, I never understood what that has to do with dinking around the prison ages. (Although in hindsight, you need puzzle solutions from the final stages of each prison age to complete Serenia.) I wish someone had told me but for the rest of you, you're not done with Haven and Spire until an elevator takes you back to the linking book. Overall the way they tied these ages together via puzzles was pretty clunky.

Completing the game in order is very important because later on you will be solving puzzles that rely entirely on previous hints. If you do it out of order (as I did) or miss something you will waste day after day trying various logical solutions while unknown to you, the real solution relies on some password you missed back in another age. These hints are often tacked on at the weirdest locations. Take photos of everything!

My one biggest complaint about the game is regarding the whole age of Serenia. While atmospherically pleasing, this is the one and only Myst age where you are made to run errands by an army of NPCs. I thought I'd stepped into an RPG when various Asian women painted and dressed in funny outfits sent me on a trip to run around the island and which eventually lands you in "Dream". With everyone speaking perfect English the great feeling of exploring someplace foreign is completely shattered making the whole place seem painfully contrived.

Whereas previous Myst games tended to avoid going over the details (because the whole linking-book idea falls apart on scrutiny) building the mystery, Revelation doesnt hesitate to lay on the crap. Particularly all the technobabble over Dream, just awful!

So now to explain a bit about Dream. Perhaps you saw the whole Peter Gabriel tie-in on the box cover, this is where it comes in. Your first trip into it is a psychodelic low-end demoscene trip to a Peter Gabriel song. Peter Gabriel himself then lends some narration laying down some more technobabble and then you get to a puzzle (see screenshots). The idea here is to set a bunch of dots to white and doesnt require so much as a neuron to fire while sucking up hours of your time (kind of like everything else related to Dream).

When you finally do muck your way through Serenia, you're treated to some more poor acting and an anticlimatic ending involving the unnecessary death of one character (for those that do get to it, note the gas masks one room away) and the unexplained death of a another.

The Bottom Line
Despite the flaws I would still recommend this game, if only for the first three ages. Visually its just something you gotta see, for the first few hours it is really very stunning. The backstory within the prison ages is great and exploring them is great fun. The puzzles are a bit weak, but a few are still very ingenious. Overall, for Myst fans Revelation is definitely worth a play.

Windows · by Risujin (8) · 2006

Trivia

Music

Peter Gabriel, of Genesis fame, after featuring Burn You Up, Burn You Down in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, wrote a song specifically for Myst IV.

References to the game

The game played an important role in Der Mann von der Botschaft, a German movie produced in 2006 (US festival title: The Man from the Embassy). The movie is about a German ambassador in Tbilisi, Georgia, who leads a very isolated life, finding his only retreat in playing this game every evening. When he takes in a 12 year old refugee girl, they use exploring Myst IV: Revelation as a way of connecting and getting to know each other.

Xbox version

The gameplay is identical for both platforms, but some enhancements have been made for the console version: improved menus to facilitate navigation, more accessible Help Map System, faster one-click access interface and an improved Zip Mode.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2004 – PC Adventure Game of the Year
    • 2004 - Special Achievement in Art Direction (together with World of Warcraft)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2005 - The game with the most data in 2004 (for its full installation of 8 GB)

Information also contributed by Daniel Saner and MDMaster.

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Game added October 3, 2004. Last modified April 13, 2024.