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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 updated!

February 27th, 2014

Thanks everyone for your feedback and for your patience while we were working on addressing the critical issues for this update!

We've made many bug fixes and optimizations to realMyst: Masterpiece Edition and here's what's new:

- Optimized a whole bunch!
- Improved performance quite a bit!
- Fixed a possible crash bug
- Figured out that those black boxes are a motion blur bug on Mac AMD cards
- Optimized and improved the Auto-Quality system
- Reduced the application size just a bit
- Optimized and fixed some bugs in Hint Overlay system
- Optimized the cursor system a little to improve performance
- Optimized the Auto-save system
- Adjusted the High Quality setting details
- Re-ordered the graphic options in the advanced list by resource cost
- Removed the Auto-save panel (because… well, it’s just not needed)
- Adjusted the position of the New Game panel
- Updated the opening credits
- Added a check when the App quits for non-valid reasons when auto-saving
- Adjusted the text of the Quit Dialog
- Corrected the direction rotation sounds in Mechanical
- Squished a bug on the Imager Panel
- Fixed potential bug with right click rotating in node mode in elevator
- Corrected Mechanical Linking Book video
- Added more help to the Help Guide

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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition update coming soon...

February 19th, 2014

Thank you for all your input both on the Steam forums and through the Cyan support site. The information that you provided has been very helpful to the dev team!

We are working on the most critical bugs first to get an update out as quickly as possible. And then we will continue working on all the issues raised and make more fixes and improvements.

Thanks for your patience and for your support!

The Cyan Team

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About the Game

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.


  • 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

    • 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
    • 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

    • 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
    • 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
331 of 346 people (96%) found this review helpful
104 products in account
6 reviews
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:
-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 5th, 2014
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273 of 354 people (77%) found this review helpful
165 products in account
1 review
6.0 hrs on record
I purchased the new realMyst on Steam for the sole purpose of having a copy of Myst that will actually run on modern hardware. Revisiting Myst is a tradition for me. The feeling of "standing" on Myst Island is akin to building a warm fire in my brain. It is a deep, nostalgic trip to my childhood; dreamlike, mesmerizing, and incredibly familiar. I return to Myst to remind myself of who I was when I was younger, and reflect on the person I am now. I was optimistic when purchasing the new Unity-based realMyst, despite some disappointing pre-release screenshots. Unfortunately, my fears were well-founded.

realMyst: Masterpiece Edition (RMME) suffers from dramatic inconsistency. It is often sloppy and unoptimized, but can be, at times, staggeringly beautiful.

I feel the consistency in art direction which made the original realMyst [which also suffered from poor optimization] look good for its time was lost to accommodate for shaders and surface normals in the Unity engine. I suspect most of the normal maps from the game were generated from the original diffuse textures in CrazyBump, and not much care was put into the nooks and crannies to make things look right. The original Myst gave attention to every detail, with every bolt and screw painstakingly rendered. RMME is plagued with glaring texture seams and poor texel density distribution across the various Ages. Things are not made to look lived in, but are clean with poorly tiled textures. Comparing the foliage on Myst Island to Channelwood, I can't help but think how some level-of-detail work could have really paid off while showcasing some of Unity's best features, or would have at least made these choices less apparent.

When the game gets dark, it gets really dark. I imagine the flashlight was included to combat this, but it only serves as a painful reminder that the artists neglected to put proper spec maps on models. Everything I shine the flashlight on turns a blinding white, even with bloom disabled.

The control scheme has also taken a misstep from the original realMyst. In Free-Roam mode, you are unable to stand in one place and look around without holding right-click, and the cursor reacts awkwardly as you look around. Moving up and down ladders is a chore, and having to rely on my meta-game first-person camera instincts to navigate breaks all immersion the game tries to render. Classic Mode completely locks your camera view, disabling the ability to appreciate various angles in realtime without accessing the menu again to disable it. I believe while trying to simplify the control scheme that the designers have in fact created a more cumbersome system that alienates and punishes users who are already familiar with playing first person games on the PC.

I hold out hope that Cyan plans to release future updates to refine RMME, for I would really appreciate having it be my go-to Myst game in the future. The fact that Myst, Myst: ME, and realMyst cannot be made to work on modern hardware without breaking your computer is tragic.

[Edit: I stated before that there was no hot-key for the flashlight, which somehow I recall the F key being unresponsive in-game. I tried again and it works. I've edited my review to reflect this. Thanks, Vec!]
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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59 of 65 people (91%) found this review helpful
52 products in account
1 review
5.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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56 of 72 people (78%) found this review helpful
1,038 products in account
11 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
This is a very good remake so far. It took all the good things from RealMyst and Myst and combined the two.

I love the fact that they added not only the classic movement mode, but that it actually moves for you, rather than flashing the screen and showing the next image like in the original. Very nice touch.

I never got into realMyst in order to see the additional content, so I'm glad that they made it worth exploring all over again in order to get to the new content.

The textures are also much, much better than in realMyst. I was almost expecting something similar with only some compatibility tweaks here and there.

Pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth picking up!
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
196 products in account
3 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
So far I've been really impressed with this remake. The graphics look familiar yet still very modern and beautiful. The environments look amaizng and the shifting night to day lighting effects really give a sense of immersion, The mood of discovery and exploration is still top notch and some of the best on PC. If you're looking for moody exploration game, I highly suggest picking this up as there's few experiences like it even to this day.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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