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The classic game Myst comes to your iPhone or iPad

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The new iOS port supports iPhones and iPads with A12 bionic chipsets and newer, so you can experience the mind-numbing frustration of turning knobs and locating switches wherever you take your phone. Compatible iPhones include the XS, XS Max, XR, and later; the eighth-generation iPad, third-generation iPad Air, and fifth-generation iPad Mini and later will all be compatible as well.

Myst mobile ports have been around for quite some time. The Masterpiece edition with point-and-click graphics of the original has been around since 2000, later replaced by really Myst, including 3D graphics. This latest take on Myst is made for higher resolution screens and built with Unreal Engine, which means everything looks a bit more photorealistic.

Screenshot of Myst gameplay with brick building in the foreground and a tower with satellite dishes in the background.

The latest version of Mystery gets an Unreal Engine glow-up.
Image: Cyan

The new version is free to download and you can play the game’s first location, Myst Island, for as long as you want without paying anything. To explore any of the other locations, you’ll have to pay: the full version costs $14.99.

If you were the kind indoor child who spent countless hours solving inscrutable puzzles and clicking through the game’s locations on your parents’ PC (hello, it’s me), then that’s a pretty easy 15 bucks to justify spending. Cyan hasn’t given an exact launch date yet, so we’ll have to hold on for a while.

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