To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a newly remastered version of the classic puzzle game Myst is released arrived today on iOS devices. Myst Mobile, as this new version is called, allows players to explore all of Myst Island for free with no time limit, something that has never been offered before. notes the playmaker.
An early desktop gaming hit, Myst once held the title of the best-selling PC game of all time and was later expanded into a franchise. However, this latest version of the game is based on the most recent port, 2021 Myst, but has been built from the ground up to be optimized for the latest generations of iPhone and iPad devices, i.e. devices that use the A12 Bionic chip or above.
Targeting the newer M1 and M2 iOS devices, the company says it can default the game to the highest graphics settings to date, or what it calls the “Epic” settings. That means it’s available to play in “real-time 3D” and includes new art, new sound, reimagined interactions, accessibility options and localization for different languages, and even optional puzzle randomization.
It also supports a variety of input options such as touch controls, gamepad, keyboard and trackpad input from Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folios.
Myst creator Cyan Worlds teased the game’s impending launch earlier this week, then released it on Thursday, praising it for being free to explore. In the new mobile game, players can reminisce by visiting the mysterious Myst Island for as long as they want, which is a new hook for the popular title. On the island, players can learn and interact with their environment, solving puzzles along the way while discovering more of the game’s story of “ruthless family betrayal,” the game’s description reads.
After that, if players want to move on to explore the other Ages of Myst, they can do so via a one-time in-app purchase of $14.99. This allows them to explore more of the world and solve even more challenging puzzles as the story progresses.
Before launch, the purchase price is discounted to $9.99 for a limited time.
Supported devices for this version of Myst are the iPhone XS (September 2018 and later), iPhone SE 2nd generation. (April 2020) and later, iPad Air 3rd generation (March 2019) and later, iPad Mini 5th generation (March 2019) and later, iPad 8th generation (September 2020) and later, and iPad Pro 4th generation (March 2020) and later above. According to the App Store description, the game does not collect user data.
Previously, the game was available for PC users and on Oculus headsets. Apple users also had a way to play Myst from their Mac through a macOS version that won Game of the Year in 2021.
If you’d like to read more about Myst’s journey to iOS, Apple highlighted it in an editorial on the App Store home page.