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Myst (Nintendo 3DS)

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Learning(i)

While not new, Myst for Nintendo 3DS is fun, challenging.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

There is some dialogue about patricide, as two brothers accuse each other in the killing their father.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • following directions

Math

  • counting
  • patterns
  • shapes

Science

  • energy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • analyzing evidence

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • following directions

Math

  • counting
  • patterns
  • shapes

Science

  • energy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • deduction
  • analyzing evidence

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals

Communication

  • listening

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk why some games get rereleased multiple times over the years, for different platforms.

  • Are adventure games like this one your favorite genre of games to play?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS
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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