Myst III: Exile Image
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  • Summary: The next chapter in this point and click adventure series which begun with "Myst" and "Riven," the best selling games of all time on any system, focuses on further exploration and puzzle-solving with the D'ni, a race who write magical books and create links to the "ages" described in them.
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  1. Presto has raised the bar, taking gaming from a pastime and moving it into the realm of a legitimate art form.
  2. So essentially, the graphics, the sound, the story and the puzzles are marvellous. They all add up to one fantastic adventure game.
  3. If "Riven" was impressive, this is extraordinary. The images are smooth and crisp and detailed. Clouds look like clouds, rock looks hard, water is fluid and deep, and sharp looks like it would hurt.
  4. Drop-dead gorgeous graphics, excellent story, talented actors, brilliant orchestral score.
  5. The strongest, most-polished game in the series, but it is definitely a sequel.
  6. A great adventure game. While it is short, it is still a great ride while it lasts and one of the few games that a family (of all ages) can actually sit around the computer and play together.
  7. This is a franchise for those who like games entirely cerebral, with no need for reflexes or marksmanship.

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  1. DaveA.
    Jan 3, 2004
    10
    This would be great if redone with uru type graphics etc.
  2. AlexG.
    Apr 22, 2004
    10
    I had never played any Myst games before, but my mom bought the game, and we started playeng, and now i'm hooked.
  3. ElizabethM.
    Jul 9, 2001
    9
    It was a really great game... it tested the logisitcal side of my brain, and well as my patience. It was better than "Riven" or the first "Myst." The only reason I didn't give it a ten was because it sort of left the ending hanging. I never got to go into Releeshan, which I'd been waiting for. In "Riven," you fall back to your world. In the first "Myst," you get to stay on the island and play. It was good, just not the end... although I must admit the graphics and music and animation was amazing... Expand
  4. May 7, 2011
    9
    Myst III is a wonderful game, and extremely true to the series' puzzle game mechanic. As usual, fairly descent acting from Rand Miller as Atrus, and a surprise in Brad Dourif (who played Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings) as the exile. I won't get into too much detail, since whatever in this game isn't story is plot, but you will once again find yourself solving all sorts of puzzles involving light, kinematics, power and energy, and a paradise. The only real complaint I have is that the 360 degree camera is a little disconcerting at first, especially after the immobile camera of Myst and Riven: The Sequel to Myst. But you get used to it pretty fast and I soon appreciated the full range of motion it gives.

    By the way, I think the entire Myst series is very underrated and extremely under-played. I would definitely recommend the entire series to any casual puzzle gamer.
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  5. Mike
    Jul 30, 2006
    7
    Great game. but not as good as Riven.
  6. Mar 2, 2013
    7
    Graphics are blurry, puzzle bits are spread around (so wandering around writing everything you see down is necessary to solve pretty much every puzzle).

    So a step back from Riven, but still very enjoyable.
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  7. DavidP.
    Jun 30, 2008
    5
    What the heck? How are Myst and Riven the best selling games on any system? I'll give it that at the time it was released, Myst was the best selling PC game ever. But come on, Super Mario Bros. 3? That sold more than twice as many units. There were also multiple SNES games that outsold it. I'm so confused. Expand

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