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The classic puzzle game Myst is now available on Android. The name will be familiar to anyone over a certain age, while anyone under 25 will be wondering what I’m wittering on about. Regardless of which camp you belong in, you should read on to find out all the details.
Myst is a graphic adventure which requires you to solve puzzles to progress through the game. It was originally released on CD-ROM in 1993, helping to increase the popularity of that technology. Myst sold in huge quantities, making it the biggest selling PC game until The Sims usurped it in 2002.
There have been a number of sequels and spin-offs released since, but the original Myst is an absolute classic of the genre which remains eminently playable to this day. Which is a good thing seeing as it has now been released on Android as realMyst.
Myst Finally Arrives on Android
The clumsily titled realMyst is a port that came about as the result of a partnership between Cyan, the original developer of the game, and Noodlecake, the mobile studio responsible for Alto’s Adventure, Pumped: BMX, and Super Stickman Golf, amongst many others.
It’s the original game everyone knows and loves, just with some modern features added in order to bring it up to date. There are touchscreen controls for starters, but also a bookmarking tool, a built-in guide in case you get stuck, and support for Bluetooth controllers.
You can download realMyst for Android from Google Play for just $6.99. Which is a veritable bargain for a piece of gaming history. If you’d prefer to play Myst on your iPhone or iPad, realMyst is available from the App Store for the same price.
And About Time Too…
Myst has been ported to numerous platforms over the last 20 years, including PlayStation and Nintendo DS. It has been available on iOS since 2009. However, this is the first time Myst has been available on Android. And given Android’s enviable position as the most popular mobile operating system in the world, it’s about time too.
Riven, the epic sequel to Myst, is also expected to arrive on Android “soon”. Riven was originally released in 1997, and spanned over five CD-ROMs. So the fact you’ll soon be able to download it to that 5-inch device in your pocket should blow the minds of anyone alive in the 1990s.
Have you ever played Myst? Did you play the original on PC or Mac? Or one of the many ports and remakes released over the years? Are you a fan? Do you think it’s worth playing on Android? Or do you already own it on iOS? Please let us know in the comments below!