Anyone here play any of the Myst games?
I had completed the original Myst game several years ago. I am not sure just how long ago but it was a long while ago. I think I might have still been using Windows 3.1… if that tells you anything. I think I upgraded to Windows 95 while I was still working on Myst, and if I remember right, that helped with some of the graphics.
I completed Myst II - Riven about a year or two ago. Although I had bought Riven within a few days of its release (and I think the actor who plays Atrus was at the Costco I bought Riven at – the guy I talked too looked like him but he was clean shaven and didn’t say who he was, so I cannot be sure it was him – but he seemed very interested in my picking up Riven and placing it in my shopping cart). Anyway, I did not finish Riven until fairly recently. Although I did start it right away after I bought it, I would get quite a way into the game and then I would end up getting stuck at some point and needed a break. For me, a break from a game can be a few, or several, years because I tend to get distracted with one project after another and just not get back to playing the game for a few ages. I finally did go back and finish Riven though. Riven was a challenging game though, for me at least, it was much more difficult than the original Myst was. It was easy to miss the obvious – which often made me feel like a bonehead!
The other day I finally started playing Myst III – Exile. I bought this a couple years ago, started it, but did not have time to get into it. So, I set it aside until now.
I think I am now on the final age of Myst III. I thought that last night but it turns out that was not the final challenge after all. After I found the third symbol page I then began what is probably the final “Age.” I am not sure why they called them Ages. I think of them as more like alternate realities.
So far though, Myst III has been fun but not as challenging as Riven. Yes, I did get stuck here and there but never for all that long. It generally took me a day, or less than two, to complete an Age. Perhaps it is only easy because I did do Riven first, but I think it compares more with the original Myst in level of difficulty than it does with Riven. I shouldn’t speak too soon though; I do have at least one more Age to complete.
The one thing I love the most about the Myst games is that they challenge the mind in a non-violent way. Well, okay, Riven was a bit darker, and you could actually get your character killed at one point in that game, but even so, the death rate was minimal - and pretty much non-existent compared to a game like Tomb Raider.