The game that frustrated and delighted us decades ago will soon be available for the device in your pocket — in remastered, three-dimensional glory.
The classic puzzle game Myst is celebrating its 30th birthday this year with a new way to play: on your iOS device. Myst Mobile is based on the remastered version of the original that’s been released for Oculus headsets and PCs over the past few years. It hits mobile devices on February 9th.
The new iOS port will support iPhones and iPads with A12 bionic chipsets and newer, so you can experience the mind-numbing frustration of turning dials and locating switches wherever you take your phone. Compatible iPhones include the XS, XS Max, XR, and newer; the eighth-gen iPad, third-gen iPad Air, and fifth-gen iPad Mini and newer will all be compatible, too.
Mobile ports of Myst have existed for quite a while. The Masterpiece edition with point-and-click graphics of the original has been around since 2000, later replaced by realMyst, which included 3D graphics. This latest take on Myst was made for higher-resolution screens and built with Unreal Engine, meaning everything looks a little more photo-realistic.
The new version will be free to download, and you can play through 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 need to pay up: the full version will cost $14.99.
If you were the kind of indoor kid 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.
Update February, 6th 1:32PM ET: Updated to add the release date.