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.
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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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
    • Storage: 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
    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Very Positive (393 reviews)
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Agal59
16.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great game. I see people having problems with lockups, bad images, poor framerates, etc., etc. I don't. We're all playing the same game; only difference is the computers we're using. The game is playing flawlessly for me. I love it. Some complain there is a need to walk through an age several times to retrieve all the information. For me, that is an opportunity to see things I've not noticed and to enjoy the environment yet again. Some complain about the balance of music, environment sound, and character voices. For some reason I hear all of this very clearly; one does not overwhelm the other. At least for me, no problems at all. Personal preferences for how game controles should work; I have none. Others seem to attribute their preferences to game flaws. I have, and still enjoy the leasurly pace, great artwork, and thoughtful puzzles. I hope you do also.
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silverthorns
9.9 hrs
Posted: August 20
The most impressive thing is every location you land on serves as big functional machine and you have to really understand how they work intuitively instead of just playing some math and graphical gymnastics. That being said, some sections are underwhelmingly easy and the puzzle play is somehow restricted due to the lack inventory system. The graphics are realistic and the mouse click feels unresponsive, therefore the biggest difficulty is often figuring out which pixel on the screen is interactive.

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Zephyr
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 15
Myst still manages to hold up as one of the great adventures of all time!
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Elros
6.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
really good classic sandbox puzzle game. this version is okay; it gives the player a new playstyle (WASD or arrow key movement which will feel more comfortable for a modern PC player). the graphic transition to 3d is sometimes not that great. this version comes with an additional age to explore.

this remastering of myst is decent, and it is basically the only way to play without crashes or virtual box with an early version of windows. I recommend to buy this on sale.
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Pechmagneto
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
Dear Cyan,

i left you a review of utmost favorable words on your store page.
This is truly a magical game. Full of wonder, awe and mystery.
Thank you very much, for creating a new version.

I bought this game out of nostalgia. Recommended price: 7€

Please give us Linux support and a remade Riven. I beg you!
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stud915
10.8 hrs
Posted: August 8
Cant go wrong with Myst and when its made to free roam with updated graphics its even better.
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CH4RGE
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 2
I would really like to play this game and immerse myself in it's deep and rich atmosphere...
... but it keeps crashing at random points. Not enjoyable this way.
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HELLruler
4.3 hrs
Posted: July 27
NOTE: MY TRUE REVIEW IS MIXED, BUT STEAM DOES NOT OFFER THAT OPTION. SINCE IT TENDS MORE TO THE NEGATIVE SIDE, I OPTED FOR NOT RECOMMENDING IT

Underwhelming gem of the past

Myst is one of those games I played years ago when I was a child, and would wander around for hours without even knowing what to do. But after many years, here was I, greeted by a remastered version of the game (on a 50% sale during summer sale)

I was surprised with the new movement option - you can choose either the original "hold mouse button" to move or WASD -, but this enjoyment turned into frustration after struggling with the keyboard mode: it's clunky at best. You can only look around with the mouse while moving your character, or if you press RMB to unlock it (making the cursor disappear until you press it again)

There are many graphics options, and, for whatever reason, max settings makes the game run poorly. That could be understandable if it looked beautiful, but it does not; max settings is average at best and the optimization is poor

Now for the game itself: there is a certain barrier at the start, as you are presented with a whole island to explore (not that big, but there's enough to do to make you wonder how things work). If you don't skip something on the way, things will start to make sense. And after you figure out how to solve the puzzles in the Myst Island, the sense of challenge disappears

Each Age has a few puzzles to solve so you can go back to Myst Island. Most of them are really straightforward, to the point you spend more time walking around to activate something than thinking on a solution. Not only that, but you have to collect the red and blue pages, but you can only carry one item each time; so get ready to explore everything at least twice (if you don't miss any of them in the first time you go to an Age)

At least there are a few different endings, the best one being somehow hidden (the bad ones are simple to do, while the good one requires you to find a few tips to know what to do to unlock it); not only that, but the good ending allows you to play the last Age, exclusive to realMyst (which is really short and the only puzzle is unimpressive)

The only pluses of this version are that you can save anywhere (I don't recall this being possible in the original version) and there is a help system with multiple tips (so the answer is not thrown at your face, you can keep trying and checking the help for more tips if needed)

In the end, I feel a bit of regret buying this game, even for 50% off. It's not terrible, but there are better puzzle games on Steam (and for lower prices as well)
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hs_doubbing
11.1 hrs
Posted: July 26
This is the best way to play the original Myst. It's a full recreation of the game in Unity, from what I can tell, and it's absolutely amazing.

Let me start by saying that playing through this in a single summer day near-single-handedly sparked my interest in the series. That wasn't even a month ago, and I'm already working through Myst IV.

There's no game (well, except maybe the new Cyan game, Obduction) that can or ever will surpass the surreal and immersive feeling that Myst gives you, not to mention realMyst: Masterpiece Edition.

"Immersive." That's a word thrown around in the VR ecosystem, right?
Well, here, you don't need VR to feel immersed. While that would certainly make it just that much better, it really isn't necessary. This game is spectacular.

The way the game works, you roam around worlds that are written as books, solving puzzles to collect pages for other books. That's all I'll tell you, as I don't want to spoil your experience. Gameplay is awesome, and the graphics and sounds make it even sweeter.

And dang, the music. It's so good. Just wait until you hear the music play as you hold the Myst linking book in your hands... Beginning of the game, okay?

The story is hard to find at first, but it's there. It's a good one, too. Once you see the conclusion, you will want to play the sequel (which, by the way, you should buy the DVD version on Ebay, not Steam).

Oh, sequels? Yeah, there are four of them, and the only kinda bad one is Myst IV: Revelation (the one Ubisoft made).
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olmc.acts
5.8 hrs
Posted: July 12
The controls take a little getting used to, but this is a beautiful remake of the classic game. I'm very glad I got it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Great game. I see people having problems with lockups, bad images, poor framerates, etc., etc. I don't. We're all playing the same game; only difference is the computers we're using. The game is playing flawlessly for me. I love it. Some complain there is a need to walk through an age several times to retrieve all the information. For me, that is an opportunity to see things I've not noticed and to enjoy the environment yet again. Some complain about the balance of music, environment sound, and character voices. For some reason I hear all of this very clearly; one does not overwhelm the other. At least for me, no problems at all. Personal preferences for how game controles should work; I have none. Others seem to attribute their preferences to game flaws. I have, and still enjoy the leasurly pace, great artwork, and thoughtful puzzles. I hope you do also.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Myst still manages to hold up as one of the great adventures of all time!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Dear Cyan,

i left you a review of utmost favorable words on your store page.
This is truly a magical game. Full of wonder, awe and mystery.
Thank you very much, for creating a new version.

I bought this game out of nostalgia. Recommended price: 7€

Please give us Linux support and a remade Riven. I beg you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
really good classic sandbox puzzle game. this version is okay; it gives the player a new playstyle (WASD or arrow key movement which will feel more comfortable for a modern PC player). the graphic transition to 3d is sometimes not that great. this version comes with an additional age to explore.

this remastering of myst is decent, and it is basically the only way to play without crashes or virtual box with an early version of windows. I recommend to buy this on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Cant go wrong with Myst and when its made to free roam with updated graphics its even better.
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358 of 376 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
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.
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148 of 155 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
As I've read the other reviews of this game, I've noticed that this is a "nostalgia game" for most people. I, however, have just played it for the first time (RealMyst Masterpiece, not the original). It has a lot of good points, but I gotta tell ya, there were some major gameplay issues that had me tearing my hair out at times. I'm sure some of that comes from trying to optimize an old game for new systems, but I was hoping for better. Still, I really enjoyed it and I'm glad I played it.

GOOD POINTS (as determined by a newbie to the series):
- Like everyone else has said, it's visually beautiful and imaginative.
- Soundtrack is lovely and very atmospheric.
- It was nice to know through the in-game "Hints" menu (which, yes, I had to check, for reasons described below) that this was a non-hostile environment! No waiting for something evil to jump out at me from the shadows, even though there are a few ominous things to see/hear. But nothing explicit - still family-friendly, I would say.
- The puzzles are truly creative, and that kept me interested. Every Age has a specific "theme" or "conceit" for how its puzzles work, but knowing the "theme" don't make 'em easy! As someone who grew up playing online Flash room escape games (and some point-and-click adventure games like The Neverhood), I was really impressed with the varied methods you had to use to solve them. Pro tip: don't try playing with the sound off. Ask me how I found that out. (Plus you'll miss the music and audio messages!)
- The story (which is why I play games) was tantalizing and left me wanting more.
- Having 2 options for navigation controls was handy.
- The day/night cycles for each age were cool and added to the immersive aspect.
- The flashlight was a HUGE help! I mean, you could probably get by without it, but I found it indispensable. I hate not knowing if I'm missing something because I'm in a dark area!
- The live acting wasn't half bad.
- Unfortunately, after finishing it, there isn't really anything "to do" in the different Ages, but I liked that you're able to go back and explore more if you want.

THINGS I DISLIKED:
- Oh. My. Gosh. The "clicking" mechanics absolutely drove me UP THE WALL! I usually had to click on a certain supposed-to-be-clickable area in 20 different places before it would work. And the "sweet spots," when I finally found them, were inconsistent.
- The other "clicking" problem was that I frequently would stop being able to click on anything all of a sudden. I'd try to click a button that I'd pressed a hundred times and nothing would happen, and then I'd discover I couldn't click anything else either (though the game didn't freeze). I usually had to reload a save, which was frustrating, although on rare occasions the problem went away after I visited the game menu and waited a few minutes. Still, VERY exasperating. I was never able to tell, the first time I tried to click on a new object, if it was truly clickable or if I was having another glitch. I had to resort to the Hints frequently just because of that.
- Sometimes I would get "stuck" navigationally: I wouldn't be able to leave/move away from a particular position or vantage point, though there was nothing obstructing me. Sometimes I could fix it by reloading, but sometimes I had to work my way back from an earlier save :/ I particularly had this problem while facing the battery in the Stoneship Age and while facing the ceiling above the elevator in the Mechanical Age.
- The game did crash on me - once, I think.
- There are certain times when you're supposed to be able to hear an audio message, but the music never muted or decreased its volume, so I could rarely hear what was said. I had to look up the transcripts online. Subtitles would've been a huge help.
- I had an issue with the red/blue pages where I could collect them both in each Age, but could only give away the one that I had collected last. This meant that I didn't get to hear some of the audio messages from the brothers.
- You kind of have to do the Selenitic Age first, though the game doesn't require you to (and I didn't). Certain puzzles in other Ages are extremely hard to beat without having been introduced to a particular puzzle from the Selenitic.
- Having only five available save-game slots was annoying to someone who's used to infinite saves :D Also, some of the saves actually took me back a little ways before where the save-point actually was - I couldn't really save while a puzzle was in progress.

In short, it's a great game, and it's fun to get to experience the great-granddaddy of all the point-and-click games I grew up with. That said, you definitely need to approach it with the knowledge that it's still an old game, despite its remastering. It has plenty of major bugs, but it's still good. I liked it enough that if they remade Riven and etc. I'd probably play them.
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134 of 149 people (90%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
I played Myst as a kid, like what, 15-20 years ago? I would just walk around and click things, and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Today, I still have no idea what I'm doing. Love it.
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71 of 76 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2015
A beautiful recreation of a timeless classic, realMyst: Masterpiece Edition brings a piece of gaming history to modern times. While the graphics and sounds are completely revamped to match modern-day standards, the gameplay stays true to its original and does not fail to deliver the nostalgic Myst-feeling.

It is, admittingly, a rather peculiar game, a slow paced and thoughtful puzzler in a surrealistic setting. Its puzzles can be overwhelming at times, especially for those unfamiliar with the genre, but they always have a logical (sometimes surprisingly straightforward) solution that makes you feel really smart if you solve them on your own. But even for those non-hardcore adventure gamers among you, the game offers a built in (optional) hint system that gives you little advices without spoiling too much.

There are only few negative points that should be mentioned; The controls and movement feel a bit wonky at times and you might occasionally get stuck on objects on the ground (nothing game-breaking though), however Cyan is working on a fix for that at the point of this review. The in-game cinematics still have the low resolution from previous renditions of Myst, which seems a bit out of place considering the otherwise beautiful graphics. And the missing inventory (you can only pick up and carry one item at a time) is a rather annoying remnant from the original Myst game, often requiring an unnecessary amount of backtracking.

In summary, realMyst: Masterpiece Edition is a game that wants you to immerse yourself, absorb the scenery and use your logical thinking. If you are a fan of the Myst series to begin with, this is almost a must-have, but any other adventure fan might take a look at this as well, to get a chance to enjoy a game that wrote history in a new and stunning visual design.
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66 of 75 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
Pretty true to the classic Myst as best as I can remember, though it has been long enough I had to resolve much of the puzzles. The 3D work in the 'common' areas is really nice, but in other areas it feels very crude. For example the ending of the maze, you can see the textures tiling as you go by. Same on the fortress. They also did not remake the videos, especially the 'bad' endings.

A bit choppy on max settings with a very strong gaming machine. Definitely not warranted for the quality being rendered, but it didn't really affect the gameplay. Effects that seem to be from the engine (ie. water/lava) look really good.

I played it through and only had a single crash while alt tabbing to check e-mail.

The 3D controls were pretty good, if a bit awkward at first. Going up and down a spiral staircase in a certain realm was actually rather odd. Moving around in 3D does, imho, make the game easier as things are much easier to find and figure out than in the traditional navigation.

I also found a typo in one of the journals. The journals are worth reading, as a kid playing the game I didn't really read for the story, just the clues and missed the whole plot and meaning of the red/blue books.

The 'final' realm is also a bit dependent on your audible skills. I am a bit tone deaf, which made that realm a challenge. *You definitely need sound to finish that portion of the game.*

Overall, having had played the original Myst many years (decades?) ago, this was an enjoyable second play through.
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