5 Puzzle Adventure Games Like "Myst"

Updated on July 15, 2020
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A screenshot from "Myst." If you're looking to replicate the experience of this influential puzzle adventure game, here are five other games to check out.
A screenshot from "Myst." If you're looking to replicate the experience of this influential puzzle adventure game, here are five other games to check out. | Source

Myst: A Graphic Adventure Video Game

Myst is a graphic adventure puzzle game developed by Cyan. Brothers Robyn and Rand Miller began working on Myst in 1991, and the game was released for the Mac OS in September of 1993. Following the game's surprising success, the developers released sequels, spin-off games, and novels.

In Myst, players are placed in an interactive world. Movement is executed through clicking on locations in the main display. The unusual and ambiguous gameplay of Myst, especially at the beginning, is the key to its success. There is little backstory and no objectives are clearly laid out, driving the players to explore the game world and see the story slowly unfold. The game also has several endings, depending on the decisions made by the player during the game.

5 Recommended Games for Fans of Myst

Are you looking for other adventure and puzzle games? Here are games like Myst that you should definitely check out.

  1. The Secret of Grisly Manor
  2. The Lost City
  3. Vanished: The Island
  4. Machinarium
  5. Zork Series

Screenshot from "The Secret of Grisly Manor."
Screenshot from "The Secret of Grisly Manor." | Source

1. The Secret of Grisly Manor

If you are looking for a Myst clone, then The Secret of Grisly Manor is the perfect game for you! You are surely going to enjoy this fantastic game, especially if you played point-and-click adventure games that were popular in the '90s.

In this game, your famous inventor grandfather goes missing, and the only trace he leaves is a letter for you, asking you to go to his mansion because he has something amazing to show you. Off you go to Grisly Manor, rain pouring and lightning flashing. Once you enter the mansion, you are presented with several intertwining puzzles with varying difficulties. You have to complete the intricate puzzles one by one until you ultimately discover what your grandfather has in store for you.

The puzzles in Grisly Manor are well thought out and highly enjoyable. Fans of puzzle games should make sure to check this game out!

Screenshot from "The Lost City."
Screenshot from "The Lost City." | Source

2. The Lost City

So your grandfather has already offered you something fun. Think your grandma doesn't have anything cool for you? Wrong. Try The Lost City and you'll find out that the hidden city your grandma has been telling you about really does exist.

The Lost City is an adventure game developed by Fire Maple Games. The graphics are beautiful, immersing players into the game's fantastic world. Inspired by classic point-and-click adventure games, The Lost City consists of several intricate puzzles that will challenge even the most hardcore of adventure game fans. Players can also access a journal that contains important notes and clues you need to complete future puzzles.

Playing The Lost City is a remarkable experience, and you'll likely be sad when the game ends. Try it now and explore the hidden city you once thought was only a figment of your grandma's imagination.

Screenshot from "Vanished: The Island."
Screenshot from "Vanished: The Island." | Source

3. Vanished: The Island

Vanished: The Island is an adventure game developed by Sky Horse Interactive. The game pays homage to the classic adventure games of the past, but offers new and exciting twists of its own.

Just when you thought your relatives are done giving you troubles, here's another game to burst your bubble. Your Aunt Emma goes on an adventure, excavating a Mayan archaeological site when trouble arises. After receiving a message from her, you are summoned to a tropical island where you will find no one except for a raven. As you solve a series of puzzles,you find clues about your Aunt Emma's disappearance. The puzzles are based on Mayan history. You also keep a journal to help you keep track of all the information you have gathered during your journey.

Vanished: The Island is a story-driven adventure game, and the developers have done a great job at taking the players into a wonderful experience of exploring the game's fictional world.

Get started in the sandbox genre by playing games like Minecraft.

"Machinarium" | Source

4. Machinarium

Machinarium is a puzzle point-and-click adventure game developed by Amanita Design. It is available on many platforms, so there's no reason not to check it out.

The game consists of a series of puzzles and brain teasers. All the puzzles are linked by an overworld that features the usual elements of point and click adventure games. What's unique about Machinarium is that it has no dialogue. To relay hints and clues to players, the game uses animated thought bubbles. There is also a two-tier hint system. Players receive a hint once per level. As the game progresses, the hints become vague, increasing the difficulty of the puzzles.

Machinarium has received numerous awards including Best Indie Game, Best Soundtrack and Excellence in Visual Art. It is one of the most popular apps in recent years, so don't be left out and begin playing this awesome game.

Gameplay in "Zork."
Gameplay in "Zork."

5. Zork Series

Zork is a series of interactive fiction computer games. It's one of the earliest and most popular text adventures for the PC. Is this classic still worth a shot? Yes, absolutely.

The first thing you have to know about Zork is that everything is text. Sounds boring? Well, there's no doubt that this game is not for everyone, but it's a great game if you absolutely love puzzles. So basically you type in a sentence and as long as you spell everything correctly, you get a response in connection to how the story has progressed. You must stick to the story and avoid typing in complete nonsense, otherwise all you would get is a "you can't do that" response. The game has a lot of puzzles, enough to keep your brain functioning for several hours.

What's really nice about Zork is that it's like reading a book: You have to use your imagination and visualize everything. All games in the trilogy are also free now so you can easily try them and see if Zork is your cup of tea.

Zork is a timeless classic and while it may not appeal to everyone especially the gamers of the new generation, it is still highly enjoyable with all its complex and exciting puzzles.

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