Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. While not creating anything new, per se, Ubisoft has taken the venerable Adventure Game and, once again, raised it to a new height.
  2. The basic gameplay hasn't changed, but it's been refined to near perfection, and now that they have that out of the way, they're starting to focus on telling stories within that framework, which is something I greatly approve of.
  3. Even though Myst IV doesn’t break any new ground for the series, it still remains an extremely compelling adventure game with a fantastic presentation and ranks as the best of the series and one of the best of the genre.
  4. A fateful return of a venerable series proves it still has legs even 10 odd years on.
  5. It's arguably the closest thing yet to virtual reality in a computer game.
  6. One must appreciate the nuances of such a game. This is a perfect alternative to curling up with a good book on a stormy night - although the storm could last for weeks.
  7. So if you like meandering and cogitating, if soaking up the world around you is a pleasure in itself, if immediate understanding is not essential, if kicking back and looking at the sea is an ok thing to do when you haven't got a clue what else to do, if you can forgive the odd puzzle, and if patience is your virtue, then you should definitely make haste to Revelation.
  8. 90
    For those who love Myst and everything it represents, the latest iteration in the series is what they live for. It addresses many of the issues which plagued earlier installments, mainly the mind-detonating difficulty of "Riven," and strikes a balance between the logical and the obscure.
  9. One of the strongest titles to be released in 2004. The gripping story, maddening puzzles, and style of the game remains a stark contrast to the Half-Life's and Doom's typically residing on store shelfs.
  10. The most entrancing of the Myst games, an immersive experience like no other.
  11. If you enjoy puzzles, this is one for you. Kind of like a 5000 piece jigsaw with only 3 shades of grey to choose from be prepared to spend many hours piecing this mystery together.
  12. Revelation is an excellent, but very difficult game, unfortunately the gamer that would fully appreciate it is, I am afraid, almost extinct. But, if you've passed a course or two in anger management and are not afraid to travel the ages of Tomahna, Spire, Haven, and Serenia with nothing more than a mouse and your functioning gray matter, you are sure to enjoy Revelation and the search for the prodigal sons of Atrus.
  13. As Myst IV is concerned, I'll always be sad when thinking about it as the only impossible quest in my life. In fact, I'll give it a try from time to time as there is an old proverb saying practice makes perfect.
  14. A great adventure game with a noble pedigree. Newcomers to the genre would do well to broaden their horizons by giving it a whirl.
  15. The game features some of most stunning scenery yet seen in a video game, and Jack Wall’s ethereal musical accompaniment captures the feeling of the game’s artistic landscape.
  16. It is a resource hog, let's make no bones about it. Any game that comes on two DVDs and requires 6GB of disk space isn't exactly appealing to everyone. But if you can find a way to accommodate the game, not just on your HD but in your hardened gaming soul, you'll find plenty to reward you.
  17. It’s also one of the few games that can run on both your PC and Mac-woo hoo for those stylish Macintosh lovers out there with your snazzy little Ipods.
  18. Much of the game is truly a wonder to behold, and while unraveling the story will probably be an interesting incentive for longtime fans of Myst, it's the thrill of being able to fully and freely explore the game's imaginative and remarkably lifelike worlds that often proves to be the biggest incentive for pushing past Myst IV's near-impenetrable puzzle barriers.
  19. It’s a Myst game any fan should play or to see how the story family turns out.
  20. Not for the impatient type, but if you are willing to struggle through the often laborious brain-teasers, you may find the final reward surprisingly fulfilling.
  21. Overall this is definitely a game for the fans and not a game that’s likely to convert non-fans. If you’ve never played a Myst game then it’s easy to see why Myst IV might be frustrating.
  22. Some will find that the game’s endless puzzle-solving becomes frustrating when they reach stumbling blocks, though the Help feature has been enhanced this time around. In contrast, legions of Myst fans will delight in cracking this parti-cular if rather peculiar cerebral nut.
  23. 80
    Though hardly the revolution that the original Myst was, it's still an impressive achievement in the art of integrated visual and game design.
  24. The sheer number of things going on in each scene, coupled with the fact that you almost always have control of the camera make this feel like an actual place moreso than any adventure game before it. [Nov 2004, p.167]
  25. Despite its captivating graphics and enchanting music, Myst IV feels stunted. It ships on a DVD and has a 3GB install, so why can't I move around freely? Where's the adventure in my adventure game? [Holiday 2004, p.101]
  26. The most significant improvement over past Myst games is a stronger integration of the story with the puzzles. [Holiday 2004, p.90]
  27. 80
    Everything in the game remains true to the source material, and Revelation is the best Myst sequel yet released.
  28. If you're willing to stop, explore, admire, backtrack, and other verbs that don't involve hurtling forward continuously, it's a lovely ride. [Jan 2005, p.74]
  29. For better or worse, my sensibilities have changed with the times, and likely, so have yours. But if you’re the type to obsess over increasingly difficult crossword puzzles, Myst IV: Revelation is more than a nod to history - it’s your future.
  30. With fantastic visual and audio elements (setting a new standard), an engrossing story, an intuitive interface, and amazing overall polish, Myst IV Revelation has all the makings of a real winner. However, the tortuous difficulty posed by many of the puzzles, even for those with considerable logical abilities, detracts from the mainstream appeal of this offering.
  31. If, however, you've played Myst before and hated it for its slow pace, its limited movement and the distinct lack of (perceived) gameplay, then this new version will do nothing to change your mind. [Dec 2004, p.88]
  32. Aesthetically, Myst IV never fails to impress, but hunting for a switch or puzzle clue among the beautiful environments often comes down to simply sweeping the disembodied hand down the screen in the hope of finding something rather than relying on initiative and logic, fundamental aspects of the series that seem strangely absent outside the game's core puzzles.
  33. Revelation repeats the formula of breathtaking visuals and oblique puzzles. But despite its success, the game remains an acquired taste - slow-paced and full of obtuse brain teasers.
  34. Myst stood for inventiveness and creation of many well formed ideas. Now it looks like a carbon copy of many of its previous releases!
  35. Slow, tiresome and, fundamentally, a bit broken. [PC Gamer UK]
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. frufru
    Feb 1, 2006
    8
    People who hate this game went straight back to DOOM3 or Halo when they quit Revelation in frustration. The puzzles do not always flow People who hate this game went straight back to DOOM3 or Halo when they quit Revelation in frustration. The puzzles do not always flow seemlessly into the world as in previous Myst games (so the frustration index rises), but the general engrossment remains from earlier efforts. Full Review »
  2. Mike
    Jan 29, 2005
    5
    This game is not for everyone! very hard, the puzzles are next to impossible to solve, unless you have a hint book with you. Other then the This game is not for everyone! very hard, the puzzles are next to impossible to solve, unless you have a hint book with you. Other then the great graphics and sound the game does offer much when it comes to gameplay. Full Review »
  3. Foo
    Oct 26, 2004
    10
    Beautiful graphics, beautiful music, wonderful acting and a well planned and thought out storyline, which is presented in a clear, Beautiful graphics, beautiful music, wonderful acting and a well planned and thought out storyline, which is presented in a clear, interesting manner. If you buy only one game this year, buy this one. Full Review »