Thrifty Blog – Myst

Welcome to the Thrifty Blog! A new writing series that will show off some of the things that I find while shopping at thrift stores. In Utah, we have quite a few Deseret Industries, which is where I’ll be finding most of the things that I post on here.

Thrift stores are a great way to find retro games of all sorts. One week into this new hobby, and I’ve already found a handful of interesting games. Today’s game is Myst!

Myst (PC) 1994

The surrealistic adventure that will become your world.

Game description from Cyan’s website:

“Suddenly on the dock of a mysterious island, you set out to explore its beauty and mystery. The world is uncovered as you explore, revealing a family tale of intrigue and injustice, defying boundaries of space and time. Every device, drawer, book, scrap of paper, or sound may provide the vital clues that allow hidden secrets and rich background to unfold. Each discovery you make and each puzzle you solve will lead you one step closer to reversing a wrong that has gone unchecked for ages.”

PC Myst - Book1

As someone who isn’t very intrigued by puzzle games (something I’d like to remedy in the future), Myst is really appealing. It’s essentially an adventure puzzle game that tries to hide it’s puzzle mechanics with exploration. The Millers (the brothers who created the game) wanted to ensure that there was a balance between the story, the world, and the puzzles.

With inspirations drawing from C.S. Lewis, Myst takes players to multiple Ages, similar to different worlds, where they uncover the story and refreshingly don’t have to die in order to learn and progress. With death being such a regular occurrence in PC gaming back then and even now, it’s nice to change things up on that front and focus more on figuring out the world.

Lastly, I think it’s great that there is a QuickTime movie featuring The Making of Myst included on the disc. I absolutely love when developers include things like this for their players to enrich the experience with.

You can buy Myst from multiple sources at the time of this writing. Links to those stores are available on Cyan’s Website.

**Recorded gameplay may be featured here in the future.

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