It’s been over 25 years since Cyan revolutionized the puzzle gaming style with Myst. At a time the place point-and-click journey titles had been main the market, Myst was a intelligent first-person exploration sport that centered round unlocking and traversing new Ages fixing puzzles with a view to appropriate a unsuitable made a few years in the past. When you’ve by no means performed Myst, test it out right here:
The gaming industry has exploded since Myst came out (way back in 1993!), and games of its ilk that blend easy controls with complex puzzles are few and far between. If you know where to look, though, there’s the rare gem that might let you relive the mind-bending puzzle of this classic game. Check out our list!
Prominence is much like Myst in that it’s a first-person puzzle sport with compelling character arcs, a fascinating narrative, and a wealthy ambiance that retains you excited to see what’s ready across the subsequent nook.
It’s a really totally different setting than Myst (Prominence is heavier sci-fi and takes place on an deserted spaceship), and depends extra on listening to messages and hacking terminals to progress and collect clues. There’s even a text-based interface that makes you’re feeling like a La Forge from Star Trek.
Among the puzzles in Prominence are tougher than others, however they’re organized in a satisfying approach; none really feel illogical or compelled. All of them match appropriately throughout the context of the story because it unfurls round you, and also you because the character rise to satisfy them.
The soundtrack is outstanding, respiration life into the strolling back-and-forth that may in any other case appear tiresome. If you need a extra claustrophobic, space-faring Myst expertise, Prominence is not going to disappoint!
4. The Witness
The tagline for The Witness is “you get up, alone, on a wierd island stuffed with puzzles that may problem and shock you.” If that doesn’t sound like Myst nostalgia, nothing does! The second you boot up the sport and set foot on the attractive, expansive, island you’ll need to discover it totally. Fortunately there are over 500 puzzles to occupy your time, and vibrant, vivid colours to reward your travails.
The Witness differs from Myst in that in Myst the sport was divided into separate Ages tied along with the theme of the island. The Ages of Myst all had their totally different quirks (utilizing sound for Selenetic, or diverting water for Channelwood and Stoneship) that held the Age collectively and made it really feel distinctive.
Conversely, The Witness is just not a sport the place the participant interacts with a puzzle per se. Somewhat you’re fixing singular puzzles to make particular person issues work, type of like Sudoku or crosswords. The sport continues to be goal-oriented at its core, nonetheless, and also you’ll nonetheless have loads of incentive to discover new floor, uncover new clues, regain your misplaced reminiscence, and hopefully make your approach again dwelling.
3. The Room
Most likely probably the most critically-acclaimed title in our record, The Room is solely a must-play, even for the much less hardcore puzzle avid gamers. Why? It’s stuffed with content material, there’s a cohesive plot, the puzzles are pleasant, the ambiance is gorgeous and dramatic, and we savored each second of it.
The Room takes place within the steampunk-inspired attic of an deserted home. A cast-iron secure looms ominously within the foreground and guarantees one thing wondrous and historical hid inside. Can you determine the right way to open it?
The Room gained a BAFTA and in addition spawned two extra video games, The Room Two and The Room Three, each of which additionally obtained overwhelmingly optimistic evaluations on Steam. We’d say extra concerning the sport, however frankly, we don’t need to give something away! Suffice it to say that every one three video games within the sequence are properly value your whereas, and we will’t anticipate The Room 4!
Quern is one among our favourite video games on this record as a result of not solely does it play like Myst (welcome again to an island stuffed with unsolved puzzles!), it additionally appears and feels prefer it. The soundtrack and SFX are on level, and the UI is a step above and past the expectation.
As for its puzzles, Quern takes a distinct strategy from most video games. Somewhat than giving particular person smaller puzzles like The Witness or wider, extra macro puzzles like Myst sequels Riven or Exile, Quern teaches you mechanics that evolve and develop extra complicated as you discover additional and additional on the island.
Early on you’ll additionally obtain an in-game pocket book that you’ll be able to write in and use to sketch. Whereas this technique isn’t utterly revolutionary, it’s polished to perfection. Merely level your mouse and press a button, and a drawing of what you’re will seem in your pocket book so that you can reference in a while. It saves a whole lot of useless operating backwards and forwards that different video games of the style undergo from. After enjoying Quern, this was a function we undoubtedly missed in different video games!
When you’re searching for the expertise closest to Myst, look no additional than Obduction. Not solely is it one other expansive first-person puzzle sport, it was even designed by the identical firm! As such you’ll see a whole lot of similarities to Myst, together with a whole lot of world-hopping, extraterrestrial encounters, and heavy use of tracks and trolleys.
Obduction was even scored by the identical composer (the excellent Robyn Miller) which provides one other layer to the nostalgia issue for any Myst fan.
Much like Myst, lots of Obduction’s puzzles contain transporting between worlds, and the core of the sport is discovering a solution to join them to one another. Meaning you’ll be exploring a wide range of memorable, colourful landscapes and vistas as you clear up puzzles, open new doorways, and uncover the secrets and techniques of what makes every location tick. When you love Myst, your assortment merely isn’t full with out Obduction.
Lastly, it goes with out saying that when you loved Myst you must undoubtedly give the sequel video games a shot. Myst grew right into a six-game series and when you’re like us you’ll be pleased to see related themes (Atrus, linking books, Ages, and puzzles galore) as you undergo. As for different video games value your whereas, you may also need to put Discolored and Memorrha in your Steam wishlist. They give the impression of being to be related video games as properly, and each are popping out later this yr!
Within the meantime, tell us within the feedback beneath which of those video games in our record is your favourite, and keep on with Softonic for extra Myst!