Jan 30, 2017
It’s a beautiful environment, distinctly island-y, with quiet paths,stone outcropping and interesting looking buildings.Go forward? Backwards?
This is pretty much how realMyst, the classic PC-borne puzzle game, unveils itself on Android.
And yes, the visuals are the a great intro. The graphics do underscore the PC roots, with plenty of attention to detail in the varied environments. Sunlight cuts to darkness appropriately, and the fantastic objects almost adopt a ring of truth. The game is all about discovery and exploration, and the game eye candy is clearly privy to this. The game is taken in in first person, just as it is in the original iterations.
The default controls make use of touchscreens, and the in-game helper gets one going fairly quickly; in short order, one learns how to move forward, normally and at pace, as well as going backwards. Swinging one’s view up and down and from side-to-side is fairly intuitive.
The action gets going. Immediately. Right from the start, the player is invited to move around, and interact with objects. Nothing is too obvious; one has to take in information, and look for patterns, and, every now and then, double back to find something missed. The puzzles are quite interesting; without playing spoiler, it pays to pay attention to shiny things and buttons. As already noted, exploration is the name of the game, and there are several mechanical solutions that become apparent when sequences are figured out.
It comes together quite well. It doesn’t deviate too far from the source ports, and the puzzles do provide a good deal of challenge. The combination of artwork and fantasy tales work well together, and the narrative is pretty decent. There are achievements to garner, and the game even packs an onboard guide (psst: if you get stuck, there are walkthroughs online. I think).
Still, those controls probably could be tweaked a bit, and the unilateral nature of solving puzzles might be a bit of a drag.
Nontheless, this is a fun one. It is very easy to get into, and the relaxing nature of the game is a great draw.
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