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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is a beautifully updated version of realMYST for today’s Mac and Windows computers - celebrating the 20th anniversary of Myst! The models and textures have been reconstructed to provide an amazing graphical experience.
Release Date: Feb 5, 2014
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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is a beautifully updated version of realMYST for today’s Mac and Windows computers - celebrating the 20th anniversary of Myst! The models and textures have been reconstructed to provide an amazing graphical experience. The environments have been enhanced to provide dynamic water, weather, lighting, foliage, focus, and more. The interface has been redesigned to provide an enjoyable way to explore for both novices and gamers.

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition - this is not your father's Myst! It’s been 20 years since Myst became your world, and there's never been a better time to revisit the Ages. This newly refreshed and rebuilt version of realMyst is all-things Myst, but amazingly more real. You can explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime! Pick your own path through the forest on Myst Island. Listen to the crickets as the sun sets in the Channelwood Age. Relax in the falling leaves in the Selenitic Age. Spin around for a full panoramic tour of Sirrus’ throne room. Seek shelter from the thunderstorm in Stoneship Age.

And If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by realtime 3D - too many controls or too much motion - realMyst has something for you! You have the option to play the game just like the original Myst - with a simple point and click! Point where you want to go - click the mouse and you move through the world seamlessly to the new location. As a tribute to Myst’s 20th anniversary we’ve also added the original Myst images when you play in this Classic mode. Hold down the shift key and the original Myst image pops up, so you can see the difference and fondly remember that early Myst experience.

We’ve added plenty of new features to enhance and assist you on your journey. So whether you’re visiting Myst for the first time or you want to remember the first time - there’s never been a better reason to lose yourself and let the surrealistic Ages of realMyst become your world.



Features...

  • All the original Myst Ages plus bonus Rime Age
  • Full Myst gameplay and interaction
  • Dynamic environments - rippling water, falling rain, waving trees & grass
  • Advanced graphic effects like bloom, blur, depth of field, etc.
  • Day and night - watch sunsets and sunrises, or explore at night
  • Flashlight - for exploring dark nights or dark corners
  • Haunting Myst music score and dynamic 3D sounds
  • Classic Point & Click navigation option - just like original Myst
  • Free roam interface option - standard navigation controls
  • Zip Mode in Classic navigation - hold down to keep walking
  • Auto quality option - checks your frame rate and auto-adjust your quality
  • Interactive Guides - illustrates how to interact with objects
  • Bring up original Myst images to compare and reminisce
  • Bookmark feature to save & restore progress
  • Auto-save to insure you pick up where you left off
  • realMyst Hint Guide - get past that one puzzle that's got you stumped

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz; Athlon x2 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c SM 3.0 compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card with latest drivers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i7, 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB DirectX 9.0c SM 4.0 compliant video card
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card with latest drivers

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.44 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB SM 3.0 compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7, 2.66 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB SM 4.0 compliant video card
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Vanilla Myst had two major issues, and with this game one of them has been fixed.
The first issue is the nature of the puzzles themselves. Although they are deliciously challenging at times, there is quite a bit of 'find solution, write down solution, walk across map, apply solution'. This will never be fixed, but it certainly doesn't make the game anything less than spectacular.

The other issue, and by far the most severe issue, was how old the damn game was. Assuming you could even get it to start, you had to find a legacy version of Quicktime and were playing the game in 320x240 which some monitors don't even support anymore. A side effect of it's age was the graphics quality being garbage. Usually I can overlook graphics in a well-crafted game, but when a game relies so heavily on immersion and observation, and is prerendered with zero fluidity of movement, having visuals as poor as Myst's simply detracts from the overall experience.

It is for these two reasons that I had trouble getting people into the Myst series. Riven, which is quite possibly the greatest game of all time, relies on players having experienced Myst's universe and story. So you were left with two choices: Wrestle Myst into submission and persuade yourself to beat it, where the only redeeming factor at this point is it's imperfect puzzles, or play the also-ugly and also-buggy realMyst.

With the release of realMyst Masterpiece, I can finally say that Myst is fixed. While the graphics aren't quite perfect, and there are still a few cosmetic bugs, and the puzzles are the same puzzles as ever, I feel like this game actually deserves to be Riven's prequel.

In short, there is no longer any reason why you should not play through realMyst Masterpiece and then play Riven.
Posted: April 25
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
As a kid (we're talking around 5 or 6) I remember playing the original Myst for Windows 3.1/95 and being two things:

1. I was terrified that at any second I was going to be attacked by some unknown foe.

2. I was absolutely enthralled with how good the game was.

Now, I didn't beat the game until I was probably 9 or 10 because it was difficult at that age, but ever since then I've revisited it from time to time. I've played the original, Masterpiece Edition, and now realMyst: ME. I love that it now runs properly on Windows 8 and it fills my screen. As others have said I was surprised at how choppy the graphics are, but I'd say they've done a very good job updating the original graphics while still very much feeling like Myst. I wish they could have remastered the sound a bit better, as that alone was one of the best parts of Myst.

All in all, I'm happy I bought it, but then I've played every game in the series. If you weren't a huge fan of the original, then it's probably not for you, but if you somehow have never played Myst, this is a must-buy, as you can't call yourself a gamer if you've never played (and beaten it without guides!) Myst.
Posted: July 11
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Some parts can get a bit tough, as they don't directly tell you what you can and cannot interact with or the different way you can interact with things. The lore is my personal favorite in the game. Definitely worth a play through.
Posted: March 27
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
If you were a fan of the original or a new comer, the latest patches have made realMyst: Masterpiece Edition a gem to play again. One thing to note as of 6/14 the achievements still do not work from what I can tell. Developer Cyan has stated that they are still in testing and will update further whe they are ready for general public. The game has classic point and click controls as well as wasd/mouse first person controls. I personally used the classic controls and instead of shifting panes like it used to do many years ago, now you get a nice walking simulation to the next area of interest. This walk movement simulation can also be scaled faster or slower. In classic Myst fashion the game is extremely hard with puzzles that stretch across the environments. You have to use memory, sounds, and quickness to complete many puzzles in this fantastic setting. If you are looking for a new challenge or haven't visited the original myst since the 90's you will be in for a treat with some of the toughest puzzles in any adventure game.
Posted: June 28
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
It's good 'ol Myst remade on a fully 3D engine with better graphics. Not only that, but the remake also features modern WASD+Mouse control scheme (classic movement style is also available) and even nice little things like dynamic day & night cycle.

However, there's also the bad:

The remake suffers from very poor performance. I can run Battlefield 4 with consistent 60+ FPS on ultra settings, but realMyst:ME can barely hit that mark even on lowest and frequently suffers from random drops in framerate.
And I must say, while the game looks a thousand times better than the original Myst - it doesn't look good enough to justify such poor performance. Model and texture quality isn't great, and while in some cases it actually looks nice by replicating some of that nostalgic aesthetic the original Myst had - in other places the lack of detail is too obvious.

Add to that:
- The game randomly brightens in dark areas, which I personally find somewhat ugly but there seems to be no way to disable that feature.
- Dynamic shadows are a nice addition but are of fairly low resolution and you can clearly see the jaggies.
- Mouse cursor is not constrained to the game's window (even in fullscreen) which is annoying on multiple-monitors setup.
- There's very obvious model popping in some areas, where models switch between low-quality to high-quality versions.

And that is just what I discovered in the first half an hour of playing the game, on the very first island and I fear there's more to come as I get further into the game.

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I cannot recommend it until the developers at least sort out the performance problems.
Posted: June 25
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334 of 350 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
This is a wonderful game. This was my first game I ever owned back when I was a child, so I have a nostalgic bias. To the review; this game from the get-go is aesthetically 200% better. It looks like any indie FPS you can buy nowadays minus a tutorial and immediate plot. I put countless hours into this game as a child and never beat it. That was back before there was internet walkthroughs and developers who thought that you (the gamer) barely passed the second grade. I recommend this game to anyone who wants an relaxing, in-depth story told to them through puzzles, journal entries, and a non-hostile environment.

Good things to say about this game:
-Beautiful
-Flashlight feature is helpful
-Easy conversion from classic point-'n'-click to real-time first person.
-Story remains intact if not more immerse
-More brainpower and problem-solving required than any game on the modern market

Bad things to say about this game:
-Suffers from massive framerate drops in real time first person. I drop from 60+ FPS to around 15-20 frequently; it's not a hardware issue either, it's a frame cap.
-First person controls are different and take some getting use to (Letting off WASD brings up a cursor)
-Not a casual adventure game; requires hours upon hours to reveal the entire story, get through each puzzle (if you're new to the game), and navigate each area.

This is a time-consuming masterpiece. Mozart is to the Classical genre of music, as Myst is to Adventure games. Very few games deserve such artistic praise, this ranks number 1 on my list.
Posted: February 5
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