Riven: The Sequel to Myst Image

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  • Summary: Enter a deceptively beautiful world torn apart by age-old conflicts...where secrets lie hidden at every turn...and nothing is as it seems. You must search. You must explore. You must summon every spark of intellect and intuition. Only then will you learn the truth and this troubled land and its inhabitants. You must let Riven become your world - before an entire world is lost. [Red Orb] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. It's not only phenomenal gaming, but it's a work of art.
  2. This game is a masterpiece and is worth every single penny. If you've been excitedly waiting for Riven, never fear, you'll love it. This game has proved itself in all aspects, the only way someone could not like it is because it's too intellectually challenging, or they simply don't like these types of games.
  3. 100
    I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was well worth the wait. It's a perfect game for fans of this type of adventure and deserves to be every bit as popular as Myst.
  4. This game is so good that if I taught a class on interactive fiction I would use it as my example of how to create a great quality game.
  5. 86
    While it may not be hailed as a classic, genre-defining game, Riven was a very strong sequel, a difficult thing to do considering the widespread popularity of Myst.
  6. It is extremely complex, and can get frustrating at times.
  7. Even if you loved "Myst," you'll have a frustrating time with this sequel. If you do buy it, get your hands on the strategy guide ASAP. [Jan 1998, p.289]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. LukeM.
    Jun 9, 2004
    The Graphics r Phenomenal, so's the story, gameplay and difficulty. I have managed to beat this game without a guide but was by far the hardest game I have ever played. This is also my favorite game of all time. Myst Fans should get this game right away! Expand
  2. AnalogueB.
    May 2, 2007
    A meticulously crafted masterpiece. Nearly 10 years after its original release, it still inspires a sense of awe. If only games were still made with such astonishing intricacy and lavish attention to detail. Expand
  3. IanG.
    Oct 20, 2004
    Riven's definitely a masterpiece and my favorite game: it's the perfect balance between storytelling, artwork and well-integrated puzzles. Don't believe those who say that the puzzles in Riven are illogical: everything has a reason to be there! Expand
  4. TedZ.
    Jul 12, 2004
    The Myst series is one of my favorite around, and Riven is my favorite of the series. The slightly ominous undertone makes it one of my favorite games. Ever. Expand
  5. Mike
    Jan 29, 2005
    If youre going to play the Myst Series, this is the one to play. Its the best out of all of them! The puzzles are not as difficult as in Myst 4. and the graphics are more real. Expand
  6. DannyV.
    Jan 4, 2007
    Riven is a beautiful, challenging sequel that lives up to the original in every way. It may have been a bit too challenging, though.