• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. We can promise you there's no need to fear falling asleep at the keyboard. This final volume in the series has enough life left to prompt many late nights.
  2. If for some reason I were to live in another world that had to be designed by humans, I wouldn't have a problem if Cyan created it.
  3. Playing Myst V was one of the saddest moments in my life. This game is nothing but a prolonged agony. Each puzzle you solve is one more step towards the end. The Myst universe is one of the most beautiful manifestations of human imagination.
  4. 88
    Every change to the Myst formula, from the tablets to the varied control schemes, make End of Ages one of the best entries in the series. And the visuals and sound rank among the series' best as well. Highly recommended to Myst fans and plain adventure fans alike.
  5. An artistic, immersive, and fun diversion, with plenty of nostalgia thrown in for the series’ fans.
  6. The graphics are as beautiful as ever, the presentation is immaculate, the story keeps you gripped and your brain will appreciate the workout before you go back to killing it with beer, cheesy Wotsits and Hollyoaks. [PC Zone]
  7. The beautiful graphics and excellent voice-over work help transport players into the Ages of Myst.
  8. Myst V certainly is not the leap forward game that the original Myst was, but if you like solving puzzles, Myst V will satisfy the Lara Croft or Indiana Jones in you.
  9. 84
    End of Ages is a solid bet for anyone who enjoys a good brainteaser with their cup of coffee.
  10. I don't want to ruin things for you but just let me say that I was expecting a better conclusion to wrap up such a memorable series. But as with most puzzle-oriented game it's the journey and not the destination that makes it all worthwhile. And it's been one hell of a good ride.
  11. It's a fun, attractive, and challenging solo adventure that satisfyingly concludes the longstanding series with a memorable finale.
  12. 80
    This is the first time since the original that the series has been so accessible. With the full 3D engine and freedom of movement, Myst V is more fun and fast-paced than you can reasonably expect an adventure game to be, and is just as visually stunning as its predecessors.
  13. Ingenious new ways to beat the typically insane Myst enigmas lends a fresh feeling to an old hat, and gives you a greater sense of control. [Dec p.59]
  14. A worthy ending for a long-standing series that doesn't quite reach greatness, but will likely please more than disappoint.
  15. So the Myst series ends serenely, calmly, and the way it began. In truth though, I probably did want a fusion of all the best bits.
  16. The success of the original Myst has inspired hundreds of similar games, and Myst V is better than almost all of them, yet its failure to achieve the heights of its predecessors left me feeling disappointed.
  17. Myst V concludes this landmark series with dignity and style, delivering a challenging and sophisticated adventure that contains a number of satisfying moments.
  18. Beautiful and challenging. [Oct 2005, p.146]
  19. 75
    It stays true to a vision of great game design making great games, and is a swan song for a beloved tale.
  20. In the end, the feeling of playing Myst V, much like the tone of the game itself, is rather bittersweet.
  21. Ultimately, Cyan hasn’t let Myst go out with a bang, not even a whisper, but with a little squeal of joy.
  22. it is more a final sad swansong then a 21-gun salute. [Dec 2005 p.88]
  23. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Myst V but then again we’ve seen it all before and the story alone this time just wasn’t enough.
  24. Myst V isn't a rosebud twist ending to the series but rather a distinguished, picturesque, and more-than-sufficient finale.
  25. An underwhelming finale that's a must-buy for Myst completists only. [Dec 2005, p.86]
  26. With this episode the Myst series goes out in respectable fashion. There's still nothing on offer for anyone that craves action, exhilaration or an easy ride but frankly that's no great surprise.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. davidm
    Jan 11, 2010
    Best yet by Cyan - heartbroken to learn this is their last. Has inspired me to build my own game in realtime 3d(using 3dgs) Hard work but it's the only way i can get what I want and share with like minded others. Full Review »
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    A great game, maybe the best one of the Myst series so far. Beautiful graphics, intelligent, sophisticated puzzles and an awesome storyline. If you are an Adventure- or Puzzle-fan, this is a must-have! Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2012
    I've not played the other Myst games, but gave this a go out of curiousity for the series (it was cheap). And after 4 hours of play, decided I'm not that curious anymore, to the extent that I could not be bothered even to use a walkthrough to finish it. It is beautiful, though it's not exactly interactive beauty, as you seem to glide over everything, as opposed to feeling a part of it. Also, there's mysterious dialogue and then there's just plain annoying dialogue, and it was mostly the latter. For the puzzles I did do, they involved looking in some very specific places for clues, for no other reason seemingly than to look there. If you've not played Myst at all like me, I would buy this with caution. (At first I gave this a 4 for its beauty and feel mainly, but then thought afterwards, I didn't finish it, thought it was annoying what I did play, and it's 4 hours I'll never get back, so it gets a 1). Full Review »