Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 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.
  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. It's not only phenomenal gaming, but it's a work of art.
  4. I really loved this game, even more than I enjoyed Myst, but I would advise adrenaline junkies to stay far, far away.
  5. What I found was an extremely intelligent, involving quest through what is one of the best thought out, most beautiful worlds ever. If you're looking to test your brain, give Riven a try. Just remember, the world is a window into the psyche of the man who created it.
  6. That dazzling indulgence for your eyes, coupled with the all-consuming sound effects, make this such an enjoyable world to just wander through, never mind the gameplay! And yet, one must mind the gameplay, because incredible design and story work were put into the action, and you're going to have your work cut out for you.
  7. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.