Myst was a surprise hit when it first came out in 1993 and it remained the best selling PC game for nearly a decade. A puzzle based adventure game, it was praised for its immersive qualities and very detailed game world.
The player is The Stranger, an unnamed hero who finds themselves transported to the island world of Myst. Here they discover a library with a series of books through which they can travel to the world or Age the book describes. The game has several endings which reflect the player’s choices throughout the game.
Myst is notable in that there are no obvious enemies and very little backstory or clear objectives are given at the start. Players uncover details about the world and plot through exploration and interacting with objects. The game is point and click. Puzzles must be solved in each Age to progress with information gained in one world useful for puzzles in another.
We’ve compiled a list below of some of the most popular games like Myst.
11 Best Games Like Myst
J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars
A point and click adventure game, J.U.L.I.A. follows Rachel manners, an astrobiologist and her two robotic companions as the trio explore the solar system. Having awoken decades late from cryogenic sleep, she is the apparent sole survivor of her expedition, Rachel must piece together its fate and locate her missing crew.
The game involves puzzle solving and exploring across six different planets. Rachel will control a reconnaissance robot as well as various computer interfaces while completing her mission.
In Obduction, the player has been abducted from Earth and finds themselves trapped on an alien world. The player must explore the environment, a bizarre mix of human settings and alien landscapes, to find a way home.
The game is first-person, allowing the player to freely navigate the world as well as interact with most objects. The hidden nature of puzzles and solutions encourages lateral thinking and careful investigation.
Quern – Undying Thoughts
Trapped on a mysterious island after a portal shuts, you must explore your surroundings to find a way home and discover relics from the past. Quern’s past holds the key to the mysteries in the present while you shape its future with your actions.
A first-person puzzle game, Quern’s challenges grow increasingly complex and require the player to explore and use creative thinking to unravel the island’s mysteries.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
A first-person exploration mystery, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter follows the investigation of Paul Prospero, a detective with experience of the occult. A boy has gone missing in Red Creek Valley and Paul must piece together the truth using his supernatural talent of talking with the dead.
The game focuses more on unease and tension than outright terror. The game is inspired by weird fiction from the early twentieth century, by authors such as H.P. Lovecraft. Players dictate the pace of the game, allowing them to appreciate the atmospheric setting as they delve into the mystery.
MIND: Path To Thalamus
A first-person puzzle game, MIND begins in Spain where a destructive tornado transports the protagonist to a dreamlike world on a quest to find his daughter, Sophia. Puzzles are solved by controlling the environment. The world corresponds to the protagonist’s mental state and the player must guide them through it to reality.
The game is fully playable in Virtual Reality which allows for an immersive experience unlike any other.
Kairo is a 3d exploration and puzzle solving game set in a lost world. The player must journey through a strange and unknown world full of abandoned monuments and ancient machinery. They must repair the forgotten machines to restore it to life.
Kairo’s story is told entirely through the environment. There is no exposition or dialogue beyond what the player uncovers during their exploration and puzzle solving. The game’s soundtrack is atmospheric and designed to both awe and scare the player during their quest.
Ether One is a first-person adventure game. The player is a Restorer, an individual who can project themselves in the mind of a person with mental illness and assist to restore their memories. The player’s client is Jean Thompson, a 69-year-old woman diagnosed with dementia.
The main setting of the game is the town of Pinwheel, a focal point in Jean’s memories. Solving puzzles restores memories with the challenges growing in difficulty as the game progresses to better represent the chaos of dementia.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
A small English town is left deserted in the wake of its inhabitants’ disappearance. The player must investigate the event while exploring the town. They can interact with objects in the town as well as floating lights throughout the world which reveal parts of the story to the player.
The game is split into five areas with each section focusing on a different character. A self-described art game, it focuses more on uncovering the story than the player’s actions.
Riven: The Sequel to MYST
The sequel to the 1993 hit, Riven is set in the immediate aftermath of Myst. The protagonist is enlisted by Atrus to free his wife from his father Geh. The game is set almost entirely on the Age of Riven, a decaying world that is falling apart due to the destructive rule of Gehn.
Riven expands on its predecessor by featuring improved graphics and more complex puzzles. Those looking for more games like Myst should definitely play the sequel.
An open world game, The Witness features over 500 puzzles to solve. The player wakes up on a seemingly abandoned island and suffering from amnesia. They must explore the island, solve puzzles, and put the clues together to regain their memory and find a way to escape.
Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock
Morningstar begins with a crash landing on the surface of an alien planet. Powell must struggle on his own to repair the ship and find a way to escape the planet. The only other remains on the planet are those of other ships who have crash landed and their dead crews.
Playing as Powell the player must explore the planet, solve puzzles, and find a way off it before he and the rest of the crew of Morningstar share the same fate.