To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a new remastered version of the classic puzzle game Myst arrive today on iOS devices. MystMobileas this new version is called, it allows players to start exploring all of Myst Island for free and with no time limit, something never offered before. Playmaker’s Notes.
An early desktop gaming hit, Myst once held the title of best-selling PC game of all time and later expanded into a franchise. However, this latest version of the game is based on the most recent port, 2021 Myst, but it was built from the ground up to be optimized for the latest generations of iPhone and iPad devices, meaning those using the A12 Bionic chip or above.
When targeting the newer M1 and M2 iOS devices, the company says you’ll be able to default the game to the highest graphics settings yet, or what it calls the “Epic” setting. That means it’s available to play in “real-time 3D” and includes new art, new sound, reimagined interactions, accessibility options, localization for different languages, and even optional puzzle randomization.
It will also support a variety of input options such as touch controls, gamepad, keyboard and trackpad input from Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folios.
myst creator, cyan worlds, teased the game’s upcoming release earlier in the week and then released it on Thursday, touting its free-to-exploration nature. In the new mobile game, players can reminisce about visiting the mysterious Myst Island for as long as they want, which is a new hook for the popular title. On the island, players can learn about and interact with their surroundings, solving puzzles along the way while discovering more of the game’s story about “ruthless family betrayal,” the game’s description reads.
Then, if players want to move on to explore the other Ages of Myst, they can do so through a one-time in-app purchase of $14.99. This will allow them to explore more of the world and complete even more challenging puzzles as the story progresses.
At launch, the purchase price is discounted to $9.99 for a limited time.
Devices compatible with this version of Myst include iPhone XS (Sept 2018 and later), iPhone SE 2nd generation (April 2020) and later, iPad Air 3rd generation (March 2019) and later, iPad Mini 5th generation (March 2019) and above, iPad 8th generation (Sept 2020) and above, and iPad Pro 4th generation (March 2020) and above. According to the description on the App Store, the game does not collect any user data.
Previously, the game was available for PC users and on Oculus headsets. Apple users also had a way to play Myst from their Macs through a version of macOS that Won game of the year back in 2021.
If you want to read more about Myst’s journey, Apple has highlighted it on an editorial feature on the App Store home page.