Per a recent posting on the Myst forums, Myst [$4.99 / Free] just had an update submitted to Apple to add iOS 4 compatibility. Interestingly enough, also mentioned in the same thread by Cyan employee Chogon is the fact that yet another Cyan classic is coming to the App Store: The Manhole.

The Manhole is a children's adventure game written by Rand and Robyn Miller, founders of Cyan (and creators of Myst). It was developed for the early Macintosh using Apple's HyperCard, one of the first available hypermedia authoring systems. The game was Cyan's first release and was published on floppy disk in 1988.

In The Manhole, you open a manhole revealing a giant beanstalk which can either be climbed up or down with no real objective other than to simply explore the game world and have fun. The Manhole has since been re-released in a number of forms on various platforms, including Brøderbund's 1995 re-release, The Manhole: CD-ROM Masterpiece Edition, and its release on GameTap in 2007. According to Cyan, the graphics in the iPhone version of The Manhole have been enhanced even further than the Masterpiece Edition.

Per Chogon's post on the Myst forums, The Manhole was submitted on June 30th, so barring any issues it should hopefully appear on the App Store sometime next week. While I'm sure quite a few people have never heard of The Manhole before, I expect this announcement will be a delightful blast from the past for some.

  • kijib

    Awesome.

  • kijib

    Awesome.

  • kijib

    Looks like that TV could use a pair of bunny ears to improve its reception…

    (Added to long list of awful jokes)

  • kijib

    Looks like that TV could use a pair of bunny ears to improve its reception…

    (Added to long list of awful jokes)

  • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    iPhone is the ultimate cure for those of us missing the early 1990s Mac shareware and CD-ROM scene. Throwback heaven!

  • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    iPhone is the ultimate cure for those of us missing the early 1990s Mac shareware and CD-ROM scene. Throwback heaven!

  • http://www.audiofootnote.com Eric Granata

    Awesome! HyperCard was fun.

  • http://www.audiofootnote.com Eric Granata

    Awesome! HyperCard was fun.

  • Bergamot

    Everyone needs to buy this in order to convince Cyan to release Cosmic Osmo

  • Bergamot

    Everyone needs to buy this in order to convince Cyan to release Cosmic Osmo

  • Gord

    Bergamot! I was just thinking the same thing.

  • Gord

    Bergamot! I was just thinking the same thing.

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    Cosmic Osmo rocks! I'd buy this if I knew they were considering a port of Osmo (I might buy it anyway, just because).

  • http://www.rustysabre.com/ Eric

    Cosmic Osmo rocks! I'd buy this if I knew they were considering a port of Osmo (I might buy it anyway, just because).

  • http://www.2guysgames.com Aaron

    Is it just me or is that screenshot awful? I wonder why they took such a radical departure from the original art style. The graphics in the original were truly inspired.

    Someone needs to remake that game with a hand-drawn art style.

  • http://www.2guysgames.com Aaron

    Is it just me or is that screenshot awful? I wonder why they took such a radical departure from the original art style. The graphics in the original were truly inspired.

    Someone needs to remake that game with a hand-drawn art style.

  • http://tiffchow.typepad.com .tiff

    I agree with you Aaron. The remastering of the game was unfortunately quite an eye-sore compared to the hand-drawn style of the original. I wish they were debuting the original on the iPad, and I hope they eventually do the same for Cosmic Osmo (my favorite hypercard adventure game)

  • http://tiffchow.typepad.com .tiff

    I agree with you Aaron. The remastering of the game was unfortunately quite an eye-sore compared to the hand-drawn style of the original. I wish they were debuting the original on the iPad, and I hope they eventually do the same for Cosmic Osmo (my favorite hypercard adventure game)

  • MisterDrgn

    Awesome. I loved Myst and Cosmic Osmo, and I always wanted to try Manhole...

    Yeah, Hypercard was totally fun...

    • John Wilkes Booth

      "I always wanted to try Manhole."

  • MisterDrgn

    Awesome. I loved Myst and Cosmic Osmo, and I always wanted to try Manhole...

    Yeah, Hypercard was totally fun...

    • John Wilkes Booth

      "I always wanted to try Manhole."

  • Bok Choy

    The Manhole is such a freaking amazing adventure. I'm PUMPED.

  • Bok Choy

    The Manhole is such a freaking amazing adventure. I'm PUMPED.

  • vulture3

    This is cool. But I want Spelunx more.

    • MisterDrgn

      I found Spelunx a little disappointing, in that it was rather small, and they said they were going to add more rooms, but they never did (as far as I know).

      • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

        They planned on adding to Spelunx, but I can think of two reasons why they did not:

        1. The idea of an ever-expanding game was ahead of its time in 1993. There really wasn't a way to push new content besides packaging it and selling at a brick-and-mortar store.

        2. They got a bit sidetracked with a little game called Myst… :-D

        And I definitely second the Cosmic Osmo requests!

  • vulture3

    This is cool. But I want Spelunx more.

    • MisterDrgn

      I found Spelunx a little disappointing, in that it was rather small, and they said they were going to add more rooms, but they never did (as far as I know).

      • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

        They planned on adding to Spelunx, but I can think of two reasons why they did not:

        1. The idea of an ever-expanding game was ahead of its time in 1993. There really wasn't a way to push new content besides packaging it and selling at a brick-and-mortar store.

        2. They got a bit sidetracked with a little game called Myst… :-D

        And I definitely second the Cosmic Osmo requests!

  • nick

    Apparently I'm an immature child... the title of the game did not lead me to believe it would be a bunny filled adventure... =/

  • nick

    Apparently I'm an immature child... the title of the game did not lead me to believe it would be a bunny filled adventure... =/

  • nick

    Apparently I'm an immature child... the title of the game did not lead me to believe it would be a bunny filled adventure... =/

  • nick

    I would also like to make it clear, however, that I want this so incredibly badly to play with my children, previous comment notwithstanding.

    It looks amazing. I cannot wait. No goal? Just fun and exploration? Yes, please!

  • nick

    I would also like to make it clear, however, that I want this so incredibly badly to play with my children, previous comment notwithstanding.

    It looks amazing. I cannot wait. No goal? Just fun and exploration? Yes, please!

  • GronchoMax

    They could change the freaking name of the game don't they? I ran a search on google images to see the actual screenshots of the previous game:

    MANHOLE.

    Gosh. The things I have seen now. I curse you creators of Myst! I curse you!

  • GronchoMax

    They could change the freaking name of the game don't they? I ran a search on google images to see the actual screenshots of the previous game:

    MANHOLE.

    Gosh. The things I have seen now. I curse you creators of Myst! I curse you!

  • Scott

    Excellent, I really hope Cyan brings Cosmic Osmo next!

  • Scott

    Excellent, I really hope Cyan brings Cosmic Osmo next!

  • Anonymous

    Dated CGI is dated. Ugh...

  • Anonymous

    Dated CGI is dated. Ugh...

  • http://amourkino.ru amourkino.ru

    У меня почему то кодировка не верно отображается, одни каракули, как это исправить?

  • http://amourkino.ru amourkino.ru

    У меня почему то кодировка не верно отображается, одни каракули, как это исправить?

  • swarmster

    omg

    The Manhole was one of my most unrealistic choices for my iPad wish list:

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=51556

    But as surreal as it is to see the game acknowledged, the fact that it's for iPhone only and has some real ugly graphics instead of the classic ink drawings is really taking the air out of it.

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      The classic drawings were neat, but having played both, I can say that the remake is much more polished and is still beautiful in its own right. I enjoyed it more than the original, actually.

    • LuigiHann

      The post linked to in the article here says that The Manhole is being ported to iPhone/iTouch/iPad. Not sure if it's one app or separate apps

  • swarmster

    omg

    The Manhole was one of my most unrealistic choices for my iPad wish list:

    http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=51556

    But as surreal as it is to see the game acknowledged, the fact that it's for iPhone only and has some real ugly graphics instead of the classic ink drawings is really taking the air out of it.

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      The classic drawings were neat, but having played both, I can say that the remake is much more polished and is still beautiful in its own right. I enjoyed it more than the original, actually.

    • LuigiHann

      The post linked to in the article here says that The Manhole is being ported to iPhone/iTouch/iPad. Not sure if it's one app or separate apps

  • cushcalc

    Awesome! Used to play that with my daughter when she was little. I liked the original graphics also.

  • cushcalc

    Awesome! Used to play that with my daughter when she was little. I liked the original graphics also.

  • http://appsnail.com/iphone/ avi

    whoaaa, graphics just keep getting better. be waiting for this one!

  • http://appsnail.com/iphone/ avi

    whoaaa, graphics just keep getting better. be waiting for this one!

  • Steve

    Looks like Riven is on the way too:

    http://www.cyanworlds.com/products/index.php

  • Steve

    Looks like Riven is on the way too:

    http://www.cyanworlds.com/products/index.php

  • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

    And Cyan says they got rejected because it crashed on Apple, something they haven't been able to replicate. So they will resubmit soon. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=347985#347985

  • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

    And Cyan says they got rejected because it crashed on Apple, something they haven't been able to replicate. So they will resubmit soon. http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=347985#347985