Version 1.1.1: The patch that is included with this read me has been provided to incorporate the use of the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro / Radeon 9000 Mobility video cards and MacPlay's realMyst game. © 2016 Cyan Inc. / Cyan Worlds Inc. All rights reserved. Modified theme from TrueStory by Tee Fouad..cevtavtE b’maryASatEot biv.
Notes from the post in the steam forums:
Myst Patch For Windows Xp
Improved performance quite a bit
Improved the look of just about everything
Improved lighting in many areas
Squished tons of nasty bugs
Updated to the latest version of Unity engine (much faster, fewer bugs)
Replaced the sky system (much faster, fewer bugs)
Enhanced the realism of day/night cycles in several Ages
Brightened the nighttime lighting just a bit in a couple Ages
Cleaned up the initial resolution settings a bit
Added lights in a few places for nighttime enhancement
Changed “Auto Graphics Quality” option to “off” by default
Removed something called the “frame rate limiter'
Improved Free Roam - left and right arrow keys changed to rotate (not strafe)
Improved Free Roam - single right click toggles in and out of “look mode'
Improved Free Roam - invert look option added
Re-ordered the graphic options in the advanced list by resource cost
Fixed the jerky book falling intro movie
Changed to allow relaxing on chairs and beds (sit on Achenar’s bed at your own risk)
Adjusted the aspect ratio of all the linking book panels
Updated the Help Guide
Added Steam Achievements!
I would suggest that others try downloading the demo (if you can handle 46megabyte download :-) ) , and see for yourself.
As noted in another review, even with no manual I quickly figured out that the 'hand' pointer icon changes (thumb disappears, or hand opens) when it is over an object you can manipulate. I never ran into movement problems while trying to manipulate objects, and I didn't seem to hit time problems, I moved pretty quickly through the world & the puzzles. I never had problems turning either. I moved pretty easily w/ the mouse over narrow stairs and walkways etc. (glad Myst doesn't let you fall off & die, like other games!) Only difficulty was sometimes getting caught on the wrong stairs when both up&down were right next to each other etc. but I just backed out and walked more carefully, went fine.
You can also control the brightness (key, for exploring tunnels, dark rooms, and outside at night!!) , with Ctrl-Shift-+ & - (numeric pad + - keys.) Otherwise, it is very dark and difficult to see key items sometimes!!
I have a PIII-800 system, 256MB ram, nVidia-TNT2-pro gfx card, and the graphics were completely smooth and fast even in 1024x768x16bit. They were beautiful! Waves move, raindrops fall (in stereo surround sound), lightning strikes & lights up the roiling clouds, fish swim by underwater, etc.- gorgeous! Use it an expensive screensaver if you don't like the game :-) The Myst world is so beautiful (and beautifully rendered here!), the 3D engine is great as it lets you turn and explore and just sight-see, as the game deserves. I also like just moving through the world like a FPS game- eg walking w/ constant movement- as opposed to the 'click & turn/move' interface of the old game.
I'm looking forward to buying this game, or maybe MystIII:exile, since they share the same 3D engine. I never got around to finish ing the first Myst on my old 040 Mac, these graphics & 3D movement breathe new life into it!