Myst DS


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 14 out of 25
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  1. An unusual and unique game, and the DS should be grateful to be its host. However, it is also the kind of game many will find frustrating, dated, and confusing.
  2. Games Master UK
    A compelling, sometimes rewarding, but ultimately frustrating adventure. [Feb 2008, p.64]
  3. If you're of a mind to revisit this singular game, having it in handheld form can be a fun way of re-experiencing it on the go. If you're all Myst-ed out, this port probably won't change your attitude.
  4. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Quite why they didn't simply make a new Myst specifically for the DS is the real mystery. [Feb 2008, p.84]
  5. A good game spoiled quite badly by rough presentation and grainy graphics - not what you want when the whole thing is based on visual puzzles. [Feb 2008, p.63]
  6. Old age just doesn't fit Myst as well as it does other games from the same era.
  7. Myst is a brilliant adventure game but without the oomph to show off its gorgeous visuals and sound, this DS version is most disappointing.
  8. Nintendo Power
    Myst DS isn't a terrible game, but don't expect to relive the sense of awe you got from the original. [Apr 2008, p.87]
  9. While the puzzles are clever, shrinking the game to a handheld and the lack of a cursor makes solving them more a case of trial-and-error. Purists may dig it, but the vast majority of gamers should pass this adventure by.
  10. Myst can't survive in a modern market where everyone wants to satisfy their itchy trigger finger and drool over their high-definition Blu-rays, but it can still be a relaxing jaunt into another world.
  11. Pelit (Finland)
    A failed down-conversion of a classic PC game of puzzles, mystery and eerie atmosphere. [Apr 2008]
  12. 45
    Stay very far away from this port. Virtually any other port will do, but not this one.
  13. 40
    It's time to let Myst die. It had it's run, and now it's time for the game to finally stop appearing everywhere. Even when it's free, Myst is barely worth playing, so charging $30 for a portable version is just ridiculous, especially since the port absolutely ruins the game.
  14. Taking an obsolete game and giving it a second-rate DS port only makes the experience more painful.
  15. It is good to run down a nostalgia path from time to time, but I think it is time to let Myst run its course.
  16. On the DS, it is a bland and nearly unplayable "game" that you'll probably hate so much that you’d forget what love was.
  17. There's very little consideration for the platform it's been ported to, and even the small handful of DS-specific tools are liable to be useless or buggy.
  18. Myst DS is a game you have to avoid like eating Fritos before a first date.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    This is a weak port that doesn't do Myst justice; it's not worth a revisit even for nostalgia. [June 2008, p.87]
  20. Even the staunchest of Myst fans can't deny that this is a pretty poor port. Despite being faithful to the original in sound effects and atmosphere, its glitches and lack of new, DS-specific functions ultimately inhibit its worth.
  21. 30
    Do yourself a favor: Steer clear of Myst DS and keep your memories pure.
  22. Whatever merit Myst had left has been blown away by a sloppy touch interface, poorly implemented new features, and overly compressed visuals.
  23. Play Magazine
    What potential it still may hold is then nearly erased by a slipshod port to the DS and the realization that, on a screen this physically small, solving puzzles that rely so heavily on visual clues is an exercise in frustration. [May 2008, p.65]
  24. More often than not, though, it ends up being the most painful, soul-destroying, stressful, rather-stick-a-rusty-nail-in-my-eye excuse for an adventure game I have ever played.
  25. Every aspect of this game is so poorly implemented that one wonders if the intent was to not make a port of Myst but instead to provide burgeoning adventure game designers a case study of how not to make adventure games for the DS.

Awards & Rankings

#100 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
#63 Most Shared DS Game of 2008
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. IlyaS
    Dec 11, 2009
    This particular version of great game is completely unplayable. Starting from sound, which is worst i heard on the DS (hissing and popping, This particular version of great game is completely unplayable. Starting from sound, which is worst i heard on the DS (hissing and popping, like a broken radio), and bad graphic resolution of images (even notes on the map are unreadable) to a greater extend of pixelhunting. It a shame, real shame. Full Review »