"Riven: The Sequel to Myst" - made especially for iPad! The epic island Age of Riven with all of its rich, meticulous attention to detail, now closer than ever.
Taking up where Myst left off, Riven set an amazing new standard for design, aesthetics, and immersion in gaming. Remember Atrus’ trap book, the Moiety intervention, the mag-lev ride, the Jungle village, Catherine’s prison, Gehn’s Age, the Wahrk throne? Now the entire Riven adventure can be experienced from wherever you are.
This is the original Riven - with sights and sounds that have been remastered and meticulously re-assembled for a remarkable experience on your iPad. Everything that you remember from the original Riven in an intimate new format where every aspect is explored with a simple touch or swipe.
- All the original Ages & gameplay
- Highest quality images
- Improved music & sound effects
- Updated movies & animations
- "Bookmark" system to save & restore progress
- Swipe to turn
- Game Center achievement support
- “Hot Spot” hints
- Integrated Hint Guide
- Works on all iPads
Added support for iOS 12
Increased audio buffer.
A few minor fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Richly rewards a patient and curious player
Myst is obviously the most famous title in this series (and maybe even the entire point-and-click genre), but for my money Riven tops the first game in pretty much every way. While Myst has plenty of interesting puzzles and an engaging story, Riven weaves these same elements into a much richer and more immersive world. The graphics are dated to be sure, but top-notch production values (even by today's standards) and virtually no narrative handholding make it one of the few adventure games that truly allows the player to feel like an explorer as they traverse the deserted, decaying island world of Riven.
The one downside to this more ambitious approach is that I found the early going to be particularly frustrating, walking around the island over and over again looking for anything resembling a puzzle or even a clue to where a puzzle might be. Making any sort of forward progress in this game requires careful observation of the environment, and to make full use of the tiny scraps of information you uncover about the island and its inhabitants.
The good news is that, if you can get past this steep learning curve, there are plenty of satisfying secrets waiting to be discovered at every turn. The story is minimal, but definitely heats up as the game goes on. In my opinion Riven fully rewards the considerable effort it demands of its players, and provides the best adventure game experience to be found on the App Store.
Incredibly challenging, but addicting.
I played this on my PC with the 5 CDs it came with back in 1998. I played Myst first and enjoyed it, but Riven is the game that impressed me. The graphics were top notch for the time this was made and the improvement was so impressive that I could just stare at a scene for awhile and enjoy the view as if I was really there. Playing the game turns you into a bit of a snoop, a tinker of gadgets, knobs and switches, a thorough detective for clues, secret passages and doorways, and a bit of a thrill seeker- considering how real this game feels after awhile! Even though I used the hints on the Internet frequently to help me get through the game, I was captivated by every turn. The landscape is beautiful, colorful, similar to reality with an original touch. I had dreams about this game! I'm so excited the game makers have made this available for modern devices. I have played other sequels to Myst and Riven and they are just as captivating. I hope those will be available here as well. I miss them very much.
For me, Riven and Myst are the top two adventure games ever produced. One may need that to obsorb the following review.
The bad: Game was assembled low-rez, and the animations are jerky, I assume to keep the size low enough to accommodate as many older machines as possible, thereby increasing profit. The original release was visually much nicer than this iPad version.
The good: After so many years there is still nothing in the game world to match the creativity and style of this experience, though I have not seen obduction yet. Think about it, this game, though more like an interactive movie, contains all the elements of a Hollywood style production; trained actors, set design, costuming, audio/video engineers, lighting, script writing, etcetera. And it all comes together into a coherent and intriguing story. I can't name another game that comes close. I've been waiting for one but alas, it has not appeared. I do wonder about Rand's childhood. In the first installment he kills his sons, and the second his father who tries to kill him is jailed for life. That's rough man.
Recommendations: If the original assets are still available, bring to I-devices a re-mastered hi-rez version so we can see Riven in its original detail. Or maybe Real Riven? Now that would be something to see!
To Cyan: No one makes a game like you folks. Keep raising the bar.
- Cyan Worlds, Inc
- 2 GB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Copyright © 2012 by Cyan Worlds. All rights reserved.
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