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Myst (Nintendo 3DS)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
In case you've never played the 1993 classic or any of the many remakes over the last two decades, MYST is a puzzle-filled adventure game that stars you, as the Stranger, who stumbles upon a magical book called Myst. On the last page of the book, the player is zapped to the mysterious island world. While unraveling a tale about brothers, Sirrus and Achenar, and their parents, Atrus and Catherine, the player must tackle a number of head-scratching (and often obscure) environmental puzzles spread out through the island and between various ages in order to solve the game's epic tale. The Nintendo 3DS version is playable in 3D without glasses and includes a new \"age\" not found in the original PC/Mac game.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, storytelling
Math: counting, patterns, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, deduction
Self-Direction: achieving goals
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Maximum Family Games
- Release date: July 24, 2012
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters
- ESRB rating: E
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