Pubblicata: 21 aprile
Well, I've made it about a fifth of the way through the game or so, and I'm not sure whether or not I really want to put in the necessary effort to finish playing through. Going from what I've played so far (Selenitic Age and part of Channelwood Age) a large proportion of the puzzle solving simply seems to be the grunt work of walking around to get to levers and switches that need turning off/on with the actual working out of the puzzles taking less of the effort. So, having walked around a lot and been unavoidably beeped at by one puzzle over thirty times (urgh!) I don't really know that I want to go on.
The controls aren't anything to write home about either. For moving around you have the choice of either Classic Myst or Free Roam modes. Classic Myst just means moving around on rails and clicking to either move forward or turn, and it just felt clunky and restrictive and didn't always go where I wanted it to. As for Free Roam, well, as on the tin it's a lot more freeing and you can move around a lot more smoothly, but it's also a bit harder to interact with the environment and I'd often find myself trying to flick a switch from just a little too far away and having to readjust my distance and try again.
Never mind that I've already had the game glitch on me once already switching between the two modes!
And now I have a great nostalgic urge to find a copy of Zork: Grand Inquisitor (which I would recommend playing instead) so I can wash the taste of this clunky game and it's clunky interface out of my brain, but that might just be the boredom and exasperation talking.
EDIT: Well, I managed to finish it... and I guess I'm mostly ambivalent. It does probably have a nice feel in places, but I found the controls a bit lacking; the puzzles solving to be about 90% drudgery and about 10% thinking (some of them you can even solve almost by accident); some of the sound effects to be a little grating; and the hammed up poor quality FMV acting to be a bit underwhelming and jarring.
As a puzzle game (and I guess as a game in general) I'd probably fail it, and I don't know that it's worth the asking price, but maybe you can just enjoy wandering around the levels? If not there are plenty of free 'room escape' type games online or you could pick up a copy of 'Zork: Grand Inquisitor' or 'The Room' instead and get better value for money.