Review A Bad Game: Myst (Nintendo DS Version)

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There aren’t a ton of games I’ve played where I thought it was absolutely terrible. Part of it has to do with not being a long time gamer and the other being I’ve based most of my game purchases on reviews and recommendations from trusted friends and family. I did, however, make a newbie mistake in my eagerness to dive straight into the wonderful world of video games.

The one game I made the mistake of purchasing when I was new to the gaming scene and had bought my first portable handheld, the Nintendo DS Lite, was Myst for the DS. The game was originally an adventure puzzle game made for the PC. I heard about the game, but never played it. I never got into PC gaming much. When I was in dire need of a game to play, I looked through the DS section of my local Best Buy, trying to find a game that was fun and affordable.

I saw Myst and read the back of the box. The game has you play as a character who is simply named “Stranger,” who uses a special book to travel to the mysterious island of Myst. You interact with the world to unlock the secrets of the island and its characters. I’m a fan of adventure/fantasy type stories and I thought Myst might be right up my alley. I should have looked up the reviews before purchasing the game.

Fans of the original Myst said their main complaints with the game was the bad transfer from PC to DS. The graphics were smaller, there were too many glitches, and the controls were pretty awkward, considering a lot of the game relies on interacting with the objects you see in the game to gain clues about the mysterious world of Myst.

A lot of the reviewers’ complaints were all correct. While I can’t compare the quality of the graphics between the PC and DS, as I’ve never played the game until the time I purchased it, controlling the game was a nuisance. I didn’t get very far with the game before I left it on my shelf neglected and forgotten. You would think for a point and click PC game, Myst would have translated well for Nintendo’s touch and tap capabilities. It did not.

Reading a book in Myst was annoying. Pages accidentally skipped when I tapped on it, before I had a chance to read the next part of a story or clue. Because the graphics were pretty small, you had to zoom in to read the text in a book. After playing the game for an hour, I didn’t think the world of Myst was as exciting to delve into as I had originally thought. I was instantly bored with the game and stopped playing it after that.

I don’t doubt the original Myst was a better experience on the PC than DS, but I don’t plan on picking up a copy of this game for my computer either. With so many other games to play, I don’t feel inclined to purchase Myst for the PC and play it how it was originally intended to be played––point and click without the graphics being scaled down to fit a small, portable handheld.

I may have wasted about $20 on Myst and have since sold the game back for absolutely nothing, but I did learn a valuable lesson from this experience––always read the reviews before purchasing. Or at least consult trusted friends and family for their recommendations on good games to play.

12 Comments

  1. Hatm0nster says:

    Myst was actually a decent game for the PC. The DS doesn’t even come close to beginning to do it justice. However, it’s not so good that I would say you’re making a mistake by not playing on PC. You’re not missing out on very much by passing on it.

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    1. simpleek says:

      That’s good to know! I do like puzzle games even though I’m pretty bad at those. Still, when a game doesn’t translate well on a different platform, it’s impossible to want to play certain games like this one when the controls are horrendous.

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  2. Silvachief says:

    I remember playing the original game on PC, but I was very young at the time so I can’t remember much about it except that I didn’t get far >.<

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    1. simpleek says:

      Is it because you found it difficult or did you lose interest in the game? Those would be good reasons for not getting very far with a game.

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      1. Silvachief says:

        When I say young i’m talking somewhere between 4 and 6, so I think it was probably a difficulty issue =P

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  3. duckofindeed says:

    Yeah, reading the reviews is a good idea, and it is something I don’t usually do. I would have skipped “Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault” if I had done my research first.

    I watched my mom play “Myst” on the PC in the past. I don’t remember if it was any good, but it was interesting, as I didn’t play games much at the time, so it was something new to watch.

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    1. simpleek says:

      Sometimes I don’t always agree with a vast majority of reviews I do read, but it’s good to check them out and decide if you want to make your game purchase, based on what you’ve read. So far, talking to friends and family about games I should potentially buy has helped immensely. I’ve avoided buying terrible games since then.

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  4. cary says:

    I remember seeing this game on the store shelves, and boy, am I glad I skipped it! I really, really wanted to play Myst on the PC when it first came out, but it just never happened.

    I used to completely ignore reviews, and I still do to some extent, especially those for games I just know that I’m going to play no matter what. Recently I’ve found “Let’s Plays” to actually be more helpful for me to decide what games to play. Even though they’re more spoilery, because they really give you a full picture of what a game is like over someone just covering a few good and bad points.

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    1. duckofindeed says:

      I used to watch my mom play this on the PC, but I don’t know if we liked it or not. I think it was just confusing.

      I usually don’t look at reviews of games, though sometimes I should. It isn’t always helpful, though, as they may dislike games I’ll end up liking and like games I won’t. But, there are occasions where I wish I had looked at reviews before I wasted money on a game. I just sold some, and I got $4 at most for a game I paid $50 for. Grr!

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  5. soaringwings says:

    I got lucky and was warned ahead of time because I was also considering Myst on the DS. Did you know they made a port of that for the 3DS? Oh dear. Still I think one of these days I’m going to give the updated steam version a go because it does sound pretty intriguing. 😀

    My weak point is buying anime tie in games, which are usually pretty horrible. I did that with the InuYasha game for DS and I almost did it again with the One Piece game for 3DS. Luckily for the latter I was warned before I got it. ^^;;;

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    1. simpleek says:

      Yeah, Myst for the DS was a terrible idea to buy at the time. I’m glad I didn’t spend a ton of money on it when I got it. I got even less money when I sold it back. I’m much more cautious about the games I buy these days.

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