Myst (game)

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Developer Cyan
Publishers Brøderbund, Midway Games, Mean Hamster Software, Sunsoft
Designers Robyn Miller, Rand Miller
Releases Mac OS: Sep 24, 1993
Windows: Mar 1994
(additional releases)
Genres graphic adventure, puzzle
Mode Single-player
ESRB rating E
Media CD-ROM
Input Keyboard, mouse
Followed by Riven

Myst is a pre-rendered adventure computer game, with a simple point-and-click interface. Developed by Cyan) and published by Brøderbund, it was released on September 24, 1993 after roughly two years of work. Its tremendous success sparked four sequels, several re-releases and bundles, a complete remake, three novels, a spin-off computer game series, and arguably an entire new genre of games heavily inspired from Myst's simplicity and style of puzzles, the solving of which is required in order to progress in, and complete, the game.

Myst also very subtly introduced the story and history of an entire civilization, the D'ni, to the player. The D'ni-related themes are much further developed in the first sequel, Riven, in the three novels and in the Uru spin-off series. The events of Myst take place in 1806 AD, or 9462 DE.

Myst was widely acclaimed for the then-unusual amount of graphical detail. It was one of the first games to ship on CD-ROM, rather than floppy disks, and actually came bundled with some CD-ROM drives of the time, which were still an unusual piece of hardware to have in the home PC market.

The first Hypercard stack that eventually evolved into Myst was created April 21, 1991 9:54AM PST[1]. The original version of Myst was released for Macintosh computers on September 24, 1993.

The game begins at and revolves around Myst Island. The Stoneship, Mechanical, Selenitic, and Channelwood Ages are featured (all four of which contain numerous clues to solving the game); those of Haven and Spire are hinted at though not expanded upon until Myst IV: Revelation; and D'ni (more specifically: K'veer) is seen at the end, with the imprisoned Atrus sitting there at a desk.

Myst was named after Jules Verne's Mysterious Island.[2]

Masterpiece Edition[edit]

An updated version was released in August 1999: the images were re-rendered in 24-bit truecolor (instead of the original 8-bit palette), the score was re-mastered, and sound effects were enhanced.

Re-releases and ports[edit]

See also: realMyst and Myst (2020)

Myst has been remade various times and ported to multiple platforms:

  • Mac System 7.1: September 24, 1993
  • Windows 3.1: March 1994[3]
  • Sega CD (never released): 1994[4][5]
  • 3DO Interactive Multiplayer: March 17, 1995
  • Sega Saturn: September, 1995
  • Atari Jaguar: 1995[6]
  • PlayStation 1: September 30, 1996 (NA)
    • November 15, 1996 (PAL)
  • Philips CD-i: 1996
  • AmigaOS: 1997
  • Myst: Masterpiece Edition: August 24, 1999 (Windows)[7][8]
  • Windows Mobile/Pocket PC: February 2005[9]
  • PlayStation Portable: 2006 (JP and EU)[10]
    • 2008 (US)
  • Nintendo DS: December 7, 2007 (EU)
    • May 13, 2008 (NA)[11]
  • iOS: May 5, 2009[8]
  • Nintendo 3DS: 2012
  • PlayStation 3: May 18, 2012[12]


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