Riven: The Sequel to Myst iOS

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  • Summary: PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW REGARDING THE SIZE OF RIVEN!

    Introducing "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. Taking up where Myst left off, Riven set an amazing new standard for design,
    PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW REGARDING THE SIZE OF RIVEN!

    Introducing "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.

    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.

    The original Riven sights and sounds have been meticulously re-assembled for a remarkable experience on the iPhone, iPod touch, and 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.

    Features:

    - 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
    - Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

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    IMPORTANT NOTE!

    Riven for iOS is a VERY, VERY large application. We’ve managed to optimized Riven from its original DVD size to a little over a gigabyte. Even at that size it’s one of the largest iOS app we know of - so PLEASE BE PATIENT - download times and syncing times can be longer! It's possible on slower iOS devices for the downloading/syncing to pause FOR 10 OR 15 MINUTES.

    Because of the large size it's HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you download Riven on your computer using iTunes, and then sync with your iOS device. Downloading directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is theoretically possible via a wireless connection, but... uh... well... you really don’t want to.

    Because of the way the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch install apps, you will need to have about 2 gigabytes of free space to install Riven. Once it's installed you can use the extra space again.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 6, 2011
    100
    A faithful port of the sequel to the classic adventure game, Riven delivers the beautiful world of riddles that fans know and love.
  2. Feb 6, 2011
    90
    It is a great port with a good save system, bookmarks and multitasking compatibility. The puzzles are intriguing, and the game world is immense.
  3. Feb 6, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. Apr 12, 2011
    80
    Overall, this is a solid and satisfying port of an older game that, while a little (okay, a lot) slow and slightly creaky, can still deliver a rich and meaty puzzle experience to be savored by adventure game lovers.
  5. Feb 6, 2011
    70
    Although this port does little to spruce up a decade-old adventure, enough quality shines through to make Riven a worthwhile play.
  6. Feb 6, 2011
    70
    If you liked Riven the first time around, or loved Myst and never played Riven, you'll really enjoy this blast from the past.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    Now the ports of Myst are all fine and dandy (except for the DS port which by NO way, shape or form fine and dandy), but it has alwaysNow the ports of Myst are all fine and dandy (except for the DS port which by NO way, shape or form fine and dandy), but it has always bothered me that Cyan Worlds never ported Riven, Uru, or Myst V. Well, ONE of those desires has been sated and it is VERY well sated. This port is true and faithful to the original Riven, which I personally think was Cyan World's TRUE masterpiece (not that Myst wasn't a masterpiece in its own right), Riven is further proof that Video Games are not just a great story telling medium, but also can be a form of art and a great form at that. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2017
    8
    After the success of the original "Myst" game changed the landscape of computer gaming, its widely-awaited sequel created an even moreAfter the success of the original "Myst" game changed the landscape of computer gaming, its widely-awaited sequel created an even more engaging atmosphere. The only trouble? It is difficult to the point of giving up on far too many occasions.

    Basically, "Riven" follows the same point-and-click philosophy as its predecessor. You go around solving logic puzzles with the goal of saving Catherine (wife of age-writer Atrus) from the murderous Gehn.

    In terms of overall imagination and scope, "Riven" is, dare I say, easily the "best" of the Myst bunch. The puzzles are more engaging than "Myst", and the game just has an epic feel to it. Every single different island, creature, or pathway one encounters in the game leads to an amazing discovery. At least at the outset, it is almost impossible to not get swept away by the atmosphere and become completely immersed in the gameplay.

    The problem? Here it is: After playing all the Myst games through as a teenager when they first came out, I decided to tackle them all again and review them on Amazon this time. "Myst" was a grand experience, and so was "Riven"...until you actually have to begin solving the the mystery of the Golden Domes (which leads in turn to the infuriating dot-matrix puzzle). The difficulty level gets to the point where one most devote countless hours (and probably even some sleepless nights!) to wrapping one's brain around the mysteries. Unless you are fully, 100% committed to the game, you will waver at this point.

    An easy "fix" for the difficulty problem would have been having the islands be a bit more accessible. Whereas in "Myst" the action took place in relatively enclosed spaces, "Riven" sprawls out over and incredibly large environment. Thus, a "discovery" on one island is prompted not only by the thought of "I know what this does now", but also "how the heck do I get back there?!". Not having to spend valuable time traipsing across the entire game would have ratcheted up the experience quite a bit (instead of dragging it down considerably).
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