In May of last year Cyan Worlds released an iPhone version of their groundbreaking (in its day) point and click adventure Myst [App Store]. Earlier this year we got word that Riven: The Sequel to Myst would be arriving on the iPhone by early summer. And, while it's obviously not here yet, we do have an update for those who've been waiting anxiously for Riven's arrival.

Early this month, Cyan's Mark DeForest (or 'Chogon') made a post on the Myst online forums indicating that they are expecting Riven to be available in early Fall, with Riven HD for the iPad following sometime after that. What's more, Cyan today launched a simple Riven for iOS website that reveals certain details about the forthcoming iPhone version along with a screenshot gallery.

The original Riven sights and sounds have been meticulously re-assembled for a remarkable experience on the iPhone and iPod touch. Everything that you remember from the original Riven in a format where a simple touch or swipe moves you through the world.

According to the website, the install of Riven for the iPhone is huge -- and it's not surprising; Riven for the Mac and PC was initially distributed as a set of five CD-ROMs. Cyan has worked to optimize the original game data for the iOS platform but, even so, the game is about a gig and a half in size (probably the largest iOS application out there) and requires over 2 gigabytes of free storage for a successful install.

Riven for iPhone features, as listed by Cyan:

  • All the original Ages & gameplay
  • High quality images
  • Full music & sound effects
  • Movies & animations
  • Auto-save (when quitting or phone call)
  • "Bookmark" system to save & restore progress
  • Swipe to turn
  • Zoom in anywhere for more detail
  • “Hot Spot” hints
  • Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

We'll take a close look at Riven when it arrives and share our experiences with our readers. But, that's not the end of the Cyan news...

A small ad banner has recently appeared on the Cyan Worlds website that reads, "never let your timbers be shivered!" A click on the banner takes you to a rather spartan "preview" page that shows a screenshot of a new iOS game entitled Stoneship. Now, the savvy Myst fan will recall that "Stoneship" is the name of one of the ages in Myst, and this forthcoming title, which looks as if it may be some sort of top-down naval combat / tower defense / puzzle game, was surely inspired by it.

Unfortunately, that's about all the details we've got at the moment on this forthcoming, new title from Cyan. We'll share additional news on this one as we get it.

[ Thanks Jordan ]

  • Declan

    Big install...

    Stoneship looks interesting.

  • Declan

    Big install...

    Stoneship looks interesting.

  • Yrogerg212

    Has anyone tried Myst pixel doubled on the iPad? Is it good?

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      There's a free version called Myst Free. The text in journals can be a bit difficult to read, but other than that, it looks great.

      • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

        Whoops, I meant that you could try the free edition and see what you thought about the pixel doubling.

    • Mystdee

      Yes, I have played it on iPad and it's still awesome! pixel doubled.

  • Yrogerg212

    Has anyone tried Myst pixel doubled on the iPad? Is it good?

    • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

      There's a free version called Myst Free. The text in journals can be a bit difficult to read, but other than that, it looks great.

      • http://phantommoose.com Malfhok

        Whoops, I meant that you could try the free edition and see what you thought about the pixel doubling.

    • Mystdee

      Yes, I have played it on iPad and it's still awesome! pixel doubled.

  • http://www.powpowgames.com Drfantome

    Ah riven! I played so much this game when I was younger. If they release an ipad version i would be really interested.

    Drfantome
    Powpowgames.com

  • http://www.powpowgames.com Drfantome

    Ah riven! I played so much this game when I was younger. If they release an ipad version i would be really interested.

    Drfantome
    Powpowgames.com

  • http://www.metroccolis.com Silent Rocco

    I'm hoping for retina support!

    • legoshoes

      As am i. I've been playing Myst through again on my iphone 4 though and the images don't look too bad. But, yes. A full retina Riven would look awesome.

  • http://www.metroccolis.com Silent Rocco

    I'm hoping for retina support!

    • legoshoes

      As am i. I've been playing Myst through again on my iphone 4 though and the images don't look too bad. But, yes. A full retina Riven would look awesome.

  • Lawrence Taylor's earring

    A gig and a half?? Consider my timbers officially shivered.

  • Lawrence Taylor's earring

    A gig and a half?? Consider my timbers officially shivered.

  • Dubdub

    Great! I never quite finished Riven, back in the day :) The very best Myst-installment was III, Exile, though. Let's hope Riven is successful enough to justify an iPadization of that one!

    • Eric5h5

      No way...Myst III was the worst, unless you count Myst V, in which case that was the worst. Riven was easily the best, followed by Myst/Myst IV; both good for somewhat different reasons.

      • Dubdub

        Story and setting in Exile weren't great, but I loved the puzzles, which made way more sense to me than Riven's. Oh well, each their own taste.

  • Dubdub

    Great! I never quite finished Riven, back in the day :) The very best Myst-installment was III, Exile, though. Let's hope Riven is successful enough to justify an iPadization of that one!

    • Eric5h5

      No way...Myst III was the worst, unless you count Myst V, in which case that was the worst. Riven was easily the best, followed by Myst/Myst IV; both good for somewhat different reasons.

      • Dubdub

        Story and setting in Exile weren't great, but I loved the puzzles, which made way more sense to me than Riven's. Oh well, each their own taste.

  • John

    Yeah after all this time I would have expected an iPad version.. Oh well

  • John

    Yeah after all this time I would have expected an iPad version.. Oh well

  • Mark "Tipop" Williams

    Just a note: There are larger iOS apps out there. For example, The Elements is 1.7 gigs, and some of the GPS apps run even higher.

    • FalloutNewVegas

      The Elememts is 1.2 gigs

  • Mark "Tipop" Williams

    Just a note: There are larger iOS apps out there. For example, The Elements is 1.7 gigs, and some of the GPS apps run even higher.

    • FalloutNewVegas

      The Elememts is 1.2 gigs

  • JB

    Can't wait for Riven!!! Myst is one of my favorite iPhone apps.

  • JB

    Can't wait for Riven!!! Myst is one of my favorite iPhone apps.

  • ecco6t9

    Considering this will only be my second time buying Riven and not my 5th like the first Myst...

  • ecco6t9

    Considering this will only be my second time buying Riven and not my 5th like the first Myst...

  • taurus82

    When's Riven HD coming to PS3/PSN?

  • taurus82

    When's Riven HD coming to PS3/PSN?

  • Riven Fan

    Any news on when Riven is getting released?

  • Jango

    When will riven come out for itouch?! Its my favorite game in the myst series! I can't wait!

  • Darrinsden

    riven has been submitted. hopefully we should see it within 10 days

    no retina
    has game center integration
    shake- for-hint included
    no ipad app as yet
    will require 2 GB free to install

    this is from the official thread at mystonline.com

  • Quilty

    I am so into Riven on my iPad, but suddenly my bookmark and options screen is vertical and I can't see half of it. Do I have to reset everything and lose my game?