Adventure classic Myst makes iPhone debut

Calling all nostalgia buffs: Myst is back, and it fits in your pocket. The PC classic looks, sounds, and plays just like the original, so get ready for some brain-bending island adventuring.

Everything old is new again. Myst for iPhone and iPod Touch puts one of the best-selling computer games of all time into the palm of your hand. It's in the App Store now for $5.99.

If you're too young to remember Myst (in which case I hate you), it's a first-person graphical adventure that's not unlike dropping into the middle of "Lost." You find yourself on a deserted island (or is it?) filled with mysterious objects, machines, puzzles--maybe even a hatch or two.

The iPhone version looks just like its PC predecessor, from the rendered artwork to the puzzles and videos. It delivers all the original gameplay as well, meaning you get to experience all of Myst's Ages. Of course, instead of clicking on the screen with your mouse, you're tapping and swiping with your finger.

Despite its first-person design, Myst is no shooter--it's a slow-paced, play-in-the-bathtub kind of game, one that will undoubtedly appeal to those who like to find clues, unravel mysteries, tinker with funky machines, and so on.

Just make sure you have enough space for it. You need a whopping 1.5GB of free space to install Myst, though you get back roughly half that once the game's loaded. From there you just need time, patience, and a good brain (I'm batting 0 for 3 on that).

 

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