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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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IMG has posted a preview by Christopher Morin of realMyst, the renovation of the classic Mac-first, HyperCard-based adventure from Cyan's Rand and Robyn Miller that has sold more copies than any computer game in history.

Coming to the Mac from MacPlay, realMyst uses a modern 3D engine to re-present the story of Atrus, his two sons, and the world of Myst.

Here's an excerpt from our preview:

realMyst features a realtime 3D engine delivering full screen graphics in place of the classic pre-rendered shots. All the graphic elements have been upgraded to 32-bit color and new sound effects have also been added to an original soundtrack with digitally re-mastered music. Animations and movies and are now larger and in higher quality.

In the game players will get to explore the world as the Miller brothers intended them to with the original. Players will be able to explore just about everywhere. The areas outside of the originalís predetermined paths are now mostly available for exploration. For example, the player can now take a direct route or a more circuitous route through the trees to the clock tower on Myst island rather than staying on the main path. The water in all the ages now has depth and movement to make it more realistic. Light and shadows move and change their hue. The realtime 3D engine allows the incorporation of dynamic special effects that brings the world of Myst to full, vibrant life. There are also now day and night cycles, dynamic lighting, weather effects including thunderstorms, roiling water, and fluttering wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

Where the original game did have some prerendered animation sequences, realMyst has live action everywhere. The book room in the Stoneship age has aquatic life moving outside the windows. There are bats flying through the tunnel in the Selenic Age. Just about everything you wanted the original Myst to be, realMyst is.

Follow the link below for the full text of our preview, along with a gallery of screen shots.

IMG Preview: realMYST

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