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Myst : a classic also ported to CD-i

>> Wednesday, June 20, 2007

There are a few games in the past which caused some major changes in the games industry. One of these revolutionary games is Myst: a first person adventure using a point and click interface. It started in 1990, when founders and brothers Robyn and Rand Miller started Cyan. This software company first focussed on children titles, but in 1993 they released the project Myst on the Apple Macintosh. Myst became very very popular and more than 11 million copies were sold. No wonder Philips wanted a CD-i version. In 1996, we got one. Myst was ported to CD-i and Ledge Multimedia was responsible for the conversion.

Facts:
Originally produced by: Cyan
Converted by: Ledge Multimedia
Publisher: Philips Media Games
Release: 1996
Genre: First Person Point & Click Adventure
Review date: June 2007
DVC Required: No!
Recommended: Mouse/Trackball/Roller Controller
Extra: no multiplayer, age rating: >7

Myst consists mainly of stills creating a beautifully 3D drawn world with a small movie once in a while. The essence in Myst is to solve puzzles. There are no enemies, no power-ups, nothing like that. In Myst, you play as "Stranger", and you find a mysterious book. You start reading, and when you touch the very last page, something strange happens. You're being transported to the virtual world described in the book. You don't know how you got there, or what you have to do. Soon enough you find other buildings on the island, all with strange mysterious powers. Without spoiling too much of the story, I can tell you will find other books like this, and you are able to transport to other islands (called "Ages" in Myst).

The CD-i version hasn't lost anything of its charme. Everything in the game shows its peace. Everything is quiet here. In fact, this is one of the few games you won't even notice the CD-i is a slow console. It all adds to the atmosphere in the game. After arriving on the unknown island, all you hear are some background sounds and you're able to walk around. Using the mouse cursor on screen you click where you want to go, and the next screen is loaded. True, while wandering around you see you're not actually walking, but instead everytime you click another image is loaded. Myst looks like a slideshow, something borrowed by the CD-i game "L'Ange et le Demon". Check out the official promotional video of Myst on CD-i provided by Philips:



While walking around the island you'll discover all kinds of buttons and letters are lying around. Slowly it seems a guy named Atrus is able to visit different kinds of locations (Ages) by means of books and machines. But, something has gone terribly wrong here. There's a library on the island and when you get here, you will be able to read several books about the history of Myst. There are a few movies here introducing the sons of Atrus to you. You are asked to solve the puzzles of every Age and find the way to travel to the other Ages. In every Age there are a few pages of the books, unraveling new information to unlock new islands and puzzles.

The puzzles in Myst are vague to say the least en you'll need a good memory to solve everything. So it's wise to write down everything you see and find out.

The graphics of the CD-i version are ported from the PC version and look pretty much the same as the original. As I said, the CD-i is rather slow and it takes a few seconds to load the next screen. But, in my opinion, Myst is not a game that needs to be fast. Myst works perfectly on CD-i and you'll have a great time exploring and puzzling around. The game is much harder to solve than, say, The 7th Guest, but I find the story far more intruiging. Be warned you're going to read a lot of text in the game but the rewarding game story easily makes up for it.

Ledge Multimedia did a fantastic job converting Myst on CD-i and the version is a "raw" one of the original. The game plays slower than the PC, but I didn't expect anything else. The slide screens are enhanced with an anmiation which can be skipped but it's not spectacular. If you love puzzle games and love intruiging 3D worlds, than Myst is for you. But, considering Myst has been ported to virtually every console that's been released, chances are high you already played it ;)

A little rare on CD-i as well, if you can track down a copy I highly recommend you doing so.

2 reacties:

Chris_mega,  June 22, 2007 at 6:21 AM  

i was looking for a review of the Kingdom games. How do they play?

Bas June 22, 2007 at 8:00 PM  

hmm... will come up in the future ;) I don't really like them, by the way!

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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