• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jul 7, 2004
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 88
    It's mysterious and satisfying. It fulfills its promise of delivering an immersive, unforgettable journey. It even delivers a few great surprises for old-school Myst nuts. It's an adventure gamer's wet dream.
  2. It's beautiful, hard, smart, and alarmingly engrossing. [Sept 2004, p.116]
  3. Offers about seven hours of solid gameplay--give or take an hour--though it suffers from the same problem as Uru: There's no replay value for your $20 once you've completed the game, aside from revisiting your favorite ages and soaking up the scenery again.
  4. 60
    Standalone, The Path of the Shell misses most of what made the original Uru an interesting game to play.
  5. Interface problems, relatively brief and inconclusive gameplay, repetitive backtracking, and uneven puzzles detract from your enjoyment.
  6. Still uses the same sucky navigation system/interface. No real surprise. Ubisoft was obviously trying to recoup their expenses from Uru Online and didn't want to spend any more time on development then they had to.
  7. Longtime fans will appreciate the new direction that the expansion pack helps to further while adhering to the ambience of the Myst universe.
  8. Solving The Path of the Shell without a walkthrough will require endless patience and the ability to brainstorm in four dimensions. [Nov 2004, p.88]
  9. Adds two new main areas for adventurers to explore. But the puzzles found in each are sadistically hard and way too obscure. [Oct 2004, p.84]
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JeffC
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    A masterful lesson on what a game can be. Totally agree w/ the other user review. Its a great game and no game leaves you with such a sense A masterful lesson on what a game can be. Totally agree w/ the other user review. Its a great game and no game leaves you with such a sense of satisfaction if you actually complete it. The only con would be is that there won't be 100 sequels like there are for so much of the unforgivable garbage that most game developers are producing. Very cool. Full Review »
  2. ProfessorAskew
    Jul 9, 2004
    10
    Beautiful..... Engaging.......Frustrating......... Rewarding. It's everything you want in an adventure game. Complex Beautiful..... Engaging.......Frustrating......... Rewarding. It's everything you want in an adventure game. Complex puzzles.....interesting storyline and ultimately very rewarding. When I'm done, I'm going to start the whole Uru saga over again. Did I mention it's beautiful? The graphics are stunning!! Full Review »