How Many Ports Of Myst Do We Really Need?

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If you have been a gamer since the early 90s, you are probably aware of Cyan World's Myst series. I got my start on the sequel, Riven, but I went back to play the original as well. I never actually got into the other games, but they're decently popular. They're apparently popular enough to warrant a port for every single platform in the known universe.

The latest platform to get a port of Myst is the iPad 2 and the new iPad. You may be confused since Cyan Worlds has already released Myst for the iPhone and iPad. You would be correct, but this is RealMyst. The updated remake of the original Myst replaces the admittedly ugly pre-rendered visuals with real time free-roaming 3D visuals.

"This is not your father's Myst," said Rand Miller, founder of Cyan Worlds. "To explore the islands and Ages of Myst in realtime... it's an amazing feeling. So much went into creating this experience - years of development, almost a gigabyte of textures, models, sounds, music, and video. This is a must-have App."

If the founder of Cyan says that it's a must-have app, it must be good. All joking aside, RealMyst is actually a pretty decent game. I can't vouch for how well the touch screen controls work, but first-person adventure games seem to be better suited for touchscreen controls than other game types.

If you already purchased Myst on iOS, you might not want to get RealMyst. Beyond the obvious graphical enhancements, RealMyst includes a few new ages for players to explore that expands the story of the original. This release is pretty much intended for those who have never played the original though, so don't expect any new features outside of being on the iPad.

If you just hate iOS, or mobile gaming in general, you can rest easy knowing that a version of Myst will also be released on the 3DS on July 24. If you don't have a 3DS, you can always pick up a copy of Myst on the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PS3, PSP, Jaguar CD, AmigaOS, CD-i, Nintendo DS and 3DO.

RealMyst is now available in the App Store for a special introductory price of $6.99. It will go up to $9.99 at later date.

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