John Allie

Myst in Retrospect

Myst in Retrospect is a series of critical essays on the Myst adventure game series which appeared on my blog from 2012 through 2013. A complete anthology, in print or ebook format, is now available!

Essay index

  1. Myst. Bring the red pages! Or the blue pages.
  2. The Book of Atrus. Your first dose of backstory.
  3. Riven. The Moby-Dick of adventure games.
  4. The Book of D'ni. In which Atrus violates the Prime Directive.
  5. Exile. The one with Brad Dourif in it.
  6. Revelation. How Yeesha got so screwed up.
  7. The Book of Ti'ana. A girl gets into the clubhouse and ruins everything.
  8. Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Surprise! The D'ni were the bad guys the whole time.
  9. Uru: To D'ni. You found the thingies! Next: find more thingies.
  10. Uru: The Path of the Shell. The answer is fifteen minutes.
  11. End of Ages. No fear, Esher's here!
  12. The Great Tree of Possibilities. Final thoughts on the series.

About the anthology

In addition to the original essays (revised and expanded!) the anthology includes the following exclusive content:

So don't miss out! buy your copy today!

Frequently Asked Question

Q. Why do you always refer to the player character as "she"?

A. I don't. I refer to the player character as "she" half of the time and "he" the other half of the time. However, this has not stopped many people from asking this question and were I to put this through another round of editing I think I would take a different approach.