Myst III: Exile PC

User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. 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.
  2. Mike
    Jul 30, 2006
    7
    Great game. but not as good as Riven.
  3. Sep 27, 2013
    5
    Although it's quite a short game at around 6 hours or so, even then it feels like the substance is spread too thinly, so that there is a lasting impression of tedium.

    The art is very nice and the graphics still hold up okay in 2013. The story is nice, though the exposition is rather clumsy most of your interaction with the main character comes through rather unconvincing journal
    Although it's quite a short game at around 6 hours or so, even then it feels like the substance is spread too thinly, so that there is a lasting impression of tedium.

    The art is very nice and the graphics still hold up okay in 2013.

    The story is nice, though the exposition is rather clumsy most of your interaction with the main character comes through rather unconvincing journal entries scattered around the game. It's a bit melodramatic, too, though in a charming kind of way. By far the highlight of the story are the multiple endings, and the clever way that they work.

    The game play lets the game down. When the puzzles are clearly designed, they are usually obvious, and solving them is just a matter of going through the motions, which is often tedious. When they are not clear, they can be very frustrating. The game often seems to use trial and error as a crutch one level in particular seems to consist virtually entirely in wandering around a confusing environment, clicking random items until one of them does something. I was stuck for a very long time at the very end of this level because the 'solution' to the puzzle involved randomly performing an action with a completely unrelated and unpredictable consequence. Out of the entire game, I'd say there were only three or so puzzles which were truly novel, well-designed, and enjoyable.

    Overall, I'd say check the game out if you like the look of it, but don't hesitate to look up a solution when you feel really lost, because it's likely a trivial thing which is the designer's fault rather than your own.
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  4. 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.
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Total Video Games
    70
    You could not ask for more but the bottom line will be that this is a slow moving adventure game and will possibly appeal only and primarily to avid ‘adventure’ gamers!
  2. 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.
  3. GamePower
    88
    If stunning, real-time rendered visuals and significantly improved functionality are any evidence, the third time is indeed the charm.