A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn logic, memory, and deduction skills by solving a series of puzzles. While the puzzles can get quite difficult, Myst for Nintendo 3DS can challenge player to solve various conundrums, such as switching levers to gain entrance to a spaceship. Myst has a number of challenging puzzles, but many of them are obtuse and difficult to grasp.
The game is a puzzle-filled, non-violent adventure. There are no characters you meet in person (other than watching some holographic messages), but you read about many of them and work through various contraptions.
Positive Role Models
You don't see or hear your character, nor do you know anything about yourself and why you're the star of this surreal tale, but you assume the role of the Stranger, who uses a magical book to travel to the island of Myst and explore various "ages."
Ease of Play
The game is fairly easy to navigate on the island and between the different worlds, but the puzzles can be very tricky -- especially for younger or novice gamers. The Nintendo 3DS controls are fairly good, though.
Violence & Scariness
There is some dialogue about patricide, as two brothers accuse each other in the killing their father.
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This game is a remake of a popular point-and-click adventure from the '90s, and it's been remade on dozens of platforms over the years.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know this new version of Myst is almost exactly like the other versions over the past 20-odd years but has an extra "age" and is playable in 3D. But kids 7 and under shouldn't use the glasses-free 3D effect as it could affect the development of their eyes, says Nintendo. The story also contains some dialogue about brothers who accuse each other in the murder of their father.
Is It Any Good?
This Myst isn't the most polished version of the game -- the most impressive out of all the recent remakes would be the $5 Myst for iOS devices -- but it's not bad, either. The glasses-free 3D effect is decent, though not extraordinary. Stylus pen integration could have been better given the platform. The Circle Pad used to move the cursor around is somewhat sloppy and inaccurate.
Those with patience -- which is required for this kind of slower-paced puzzle game -- will muddle through it because of the engaging story, beautiful environments, and challenging (if not obscure) puzzles. The new "Rime" age will also be a treat for fans, but doesn't add too much to the overall experience. This port of an old game with some new bells and whistles seems steep for the price, especially when you can pick up the iPad version for under $5.
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