Riven: The Sequel to Myst Review
- Huge, complex world brimming with intelligent puzzles.
- Hint system in place; still requires logic solving skills.
- Easy to use navigation; customizable settings for faster screen switching.
- Graphics noticeably diminished due to compression.
- 'Zoom' feature can be more annoying than helpful.
Myst was, by comparison, only a small taste of what was to come in the sequel 'Riven' and now gamers can explore complex world filled with wonder and betrayal no matter where they are.
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A word of caution in two-parts before we jump in to this review. Firstly, yes, this is a 1GB file and given the vague outcries of other weighty titles I thought I should point this out. Secondly, if you couldn't stand the puzzles in Myst you should probably turn back now; Riven only gets harder and more obtuse, so if the slow pacing was too much before, it'll absolutely break you in this release.
If you're still with me, then congratulations, you have the opportunity of playing perhaps one of the most immersive, interactive experiences to have been unleashed upon gamers from the 90s. Riven picks up where Myst left off as players attempt to escape the novel-bound worlds (or 'linking books') created by the self-styled 'god' Gehn and his somewhat less insane son, Atrus. Much like the original title, players navigate through pre-rendered scenes by tapping or swiping the screen (double-tapping or pinching to zoom), interacting with the many puzzles left in each world to protect its secrets and to keep the less savory of its inhabitants locked away.
A lot of compression has been required in order to crush the original five CD-worth of data to a mere 1GB and it's quite easy to see the loss of quality, especially during video sequences. This, however, is a minor concern and the game is still a marvelous combination of visual and aural feats that work together to create the intriguing alien landscapes.
For those who haven't already played Riven (or can't remember it completely), a hint system is also in place to help highlight important features. Just don't take this as a free-ride as you'll still need to use your own noggin' to solve the mysteries packed inside Riven.
For many, the Myst series has resulted in a love/hate relationship that persists to this day, but if you missed out on Riven the first time through this is an easy game to recommend as long as you don't mind a bit of careful thinking.
Description"Riven: The Sequel to Myst" for iOS - the massive island Age of Riven with all of its amazing detail, in the palm of your hand.
(Note: There is also now an enhanced version of Riven made specifically for the iPad.)
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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 iPhone or iPod touch. 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
- High quality images
- Full music & sound effects
- Full screen movies & animations
- Auto-save and multitasking
- "Bookmark" system to save & restore progress
- Swipe to turn
- Game Center achievement support
- Zoom in anywhere for more detail
- New! - “Hot Spot” hints
- Integrated Hint Guide
- For iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (in Compatibility 2X mode)
Riven for iOS is a very large application. We’ve managed to optimized Riven from its original DVD size to a little over a gigabyte, so please be patient - download times can be longer.
Because of the way iOS installs apps, you will need to have more than a gigabyte of free space to install Riven. Once it's installed you can use the extra space again.
What's New in Version 1.2.0iOS 8 and 9 compatibility