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Riven: The Sequel to Myst

Developer: Cyan Publisher: Red Orb Entertainment
31 October 1997
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1997 Cyan Red Orb  
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1997 Cyan Sunsoft  
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the most profound and beautiful game i've experienced.
riven: the sequel to myst is my favourite game. it's a game that's incredibly hard to say anything about without spoiling what makes it so beautiful.

it's beautiful because the gateroom is one of the first thing the player will see. it contains a lot of iconography you'll come to know, but seeing it for the first time will mean absolutely nothing. later in the game, the areas wraps around and you find yourself back in the gateroom. this time, everything makes sense, you know exactly what everything is, what it means and what it's saying.

it's beautiful everything is discovered by observing the world, since everything has a purpose or explanation that can be figured out. it's makes the world feel like such a believable, real place.

it's beautiful because the solutions to the puzzles are hidden deeply throughout the game’s environment. this leads to moments of discovery that are so genuinely beautiful, particularly because the areas that hold theses solutions are mundane. after passing them dozens of times to notice something in plain sight, it makes the rest of the world feel truly limitless in what it could hold.

it's beautiful because riven is about learning of it's world's culture.

it's beautiful because riven is a game about life.
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I love the ending in this one. The final confrontation with Gehn is the stuff of legends, because of John Keston's quietly brilliant performance. Riven's climax has the audacity to present itself as a battle of wills–and an un-interactive one at that! Still one of the best endings ever.
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GaryDoesStuff Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-28T00:25:57Z
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vaultsquad Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-26T13:11:03Z
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podunk Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-23T04:47:17Z
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Colony Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-18T22:41:51Z
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eliasdaler Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-18T15:02:09Z
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inunonaizo Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-12T16:39:02Z
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saylexs Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-12T16:07:04Z
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Cicadidae Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-12T00:23:31Z
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ChadMojito Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-06T18:59:31Z
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Spletski Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-11-03T10:09:35Z
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CaptainPlasma Riven: The Sequel to Myst 2022-10-23T01:46:34Z
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ESRB: K-A
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  • corduroyqueen 2021-08-31 19:10:21.768506+00
    the part where u learn the number system in the schoolhouse is just brilliant
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    • Convalescence 2022-08-03 19:24:53.215144+00
      genuinely one of my favourite moments so far, and it's such a quiet beautiful moment of discovery.
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  • TheSaltman 2021-10-21 08:42:30.610732+00
    Greatest atmosphere ever in a game
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  • davidraccoon 2022-05-28 07:09:24.632598+00
    I loved Myst, but they went too far in this one. It's excessively cryptic at some points (and never gets to a comfortable level either) to be really immersive.

    Beautiful landscapes and all that, but I was tired of running around the whole place more often than not, trying to figure out what I was missing. I even tried to figure out the language by the characters hanging on the walls of that hut. When I figured out that what I was missing was a shillowette mixed with a floating object in the sea... I threw the game away.
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  • Convalescence 2022-06-02 19:42:10.969065+00
    Okay, finally getting into, tryna be really patient and man oh man the atmosphere in this game is absolutely fucking DIVINE
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  • Convalescence 2022-08-29 19:09:32.817582+00
    After finally beating this, I'm having the same feeling I had when I finished Outer Wilds, Obra Dinn, and The Witness; namely, the feeling of "holy shit that was awesome and I'm heartbroken I can't ever play it again"

    not only can you not play it for the first time again, but it's one of those games that's so dependant on worldbuilding and slowly revealing information through exploration that returning to it is basically just sightseeing. heartbreaking to me, since this game has one of the most magical and wonderful atmosphere's I've ever experienced in a game. finding new areas, watching each cutscene, figuring out each puzzle and machine was so fascinating and engaging and made me feel so genuinely full of awe.

    this needs to be up in the top 50 again like it was when I joined this site. such a special game.
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    • TheSaltman 2022-09-19 16:42:40.546738+00
      Haven't finished Riven but I have to agree. These games are so immersive and life-like in the way they "trap" you in their own mechanics and logic, you become an active participant rather than just a player.
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  • Burner2checkgenretags 2022-10-23 05:20:02.093311+00
    I don’t really know what a beautiful puzzle is, but this game has beautiful puzzles.
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    • Convalescence 2022-10-26 19:06:47.739632+00
      <3
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  • Burner2checkgenretags 2022-11-04 14:53:51.786144+00
    I’m 4 days late but HOLY SHIT RIVEN REMAKE
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    • Fowlawneeshafow 2022-11-12 05:19:47.863852+00
      Not really that surprising considering Cyan remade Myst last year, but welcome nonetheless
    • to_noid_or_not_to_noid 2022-11-14 20:40:21.477169+00
      Would be chapped if they replace the FMV actors w/ digital ones again.
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