You have just stumbled upon a most intriguing book: a book titled Myst. You have no idea where it came from, who wrote it, or how old it is. Reading through its pages provides you with only a superbly crafted description of an island world. But it’s just a book, isn’t it?
As you reach the end of the book, you lay your hand on a page. Suddenly your own world dissolves into blackness, replaced with the island world the pages described. Now you’re here, wherever here is, with no option but to explore…
In Myst, you start on an inhabited island and have to solve a number of puzzles in order to unravel the mystery of its past. It’s a point and click, first-person game where your task is to discover the various locations and experiment by clicking around and triggering the actions that will bring you closer to solving the mystery. This Masterpiece edition is the same game as the original with the scenes rendered using improved colour depth and better sound.
Myst is more of a collection of puzzles than a full-fledged adventure game. Its graphics, which convinced a lot of PC users to buy an expensive CD ROM drive for their computer when it originally came out, now look very old and simplistic. The game is presented as a series of pre-rendered 3D scenes with a series of low-res videos.
Rather than being user-friendly, players have to fight against its interface. Keep going however, and there's a good investigative challenge beneath. Myst gives you some clues, but leaves you to try and figure it out by yourself. I always found it greatly satisfying when I finally solved a puzzle. However it also leaves you hanging at the end without actually telling you that you have completed it.
All in all, Myst is not your standard video-game, but has enough similarities to qualify as one.