So I was going through my stuff today and then I found my MYST CD! I received it as a gift for my birthday in 1994, and this was my favorite game at the time.
Myst CD
Myst was a puzzle game, but it was a puzzle game with great ambiance and unique atmosphere, kind of creepy and spooky.
You start the game by placing your hand on a book titled “Myst”. You are then whisked away to Myst island, and with no idea or goal of what to do, all that is left is exploring the island.
There are no people on the island (actuality there are two people, but they are trapped inside books!) and it appears that there’s not much to do there (no pubs, restaurants or movie theaters), but there are lots of buttons to push and levers to pull, and if you’ll play your cards right, eventually you’ll be able to continue on from Myst island to other worlds.
Myst 1993 screenshot

Myst 1993 screenshot

Myst 1993 screenshot

The soundtrack was also superb all on its own:

To be honest, I’ve never beaten Myst, but it was still enjoyable to play it.
Now why do I tell you all of this you ask? Well, since now I have the ability of creating games on my own, I was thinking about doing a game like Myst, with less dialogues and characters, and more mysterious and isolated locations.
Your thoughts on this matter will be very appreciated, along with ideas and links to puzzle games which you love.

And now, for the rest of our updates:
Quest for Pancake will be released next week. While we are now releasing a sequence of short games, we promise you there’s a lot of work happening backstage to secure development of a long game to be released on Carmel+ in two months from now. Those of you who loved the jump scare in VP5 will surely love this game.

Irenne, who’s won our contest last week, has decided to give up her prize, so the winner is the next best on our list, congratulations to Yannick Roch!
Speaking of Irenne, she also sent us this lovely VP fanart, which we are always happy to receive:

And when is VP8 scheduled to be released you ask? I’ll save the answer for a special VP post which we’ll publish this Friday.
That’s all for today,
Have a magical day!

P.S. – Check out Tristan & Nicole’s channel, they started producing a series of videos titled “Let’s Carmelize”, in which they play every single CG game out there (even from the time preceding CG!)

Carmel games story writer and graphic designer

  • gloria jackson

    wow cool

  • Steve McIntosh

    Fantastic Dizzy and Discworld were two epic puzzle games I never completed, but loved nonetheless.

    Love the idea of a large scale puzzle game, especially one that’s been Carmel-ized ;D

    • Thanks Steve,

      I played them both actually, never finished Dizzy but I did finish Discworld (1&2) which were genius.

  • Umta-ta

    myst … wonderful game. my most favourite game is syberia – simply beautiful.

    • Did not play Syberia, I’ll try to check it out!

      • Umta-ta

        syberia 1, the graphics are totally steampunk beauty, and the music is haunting. followed me into my dreams. also a really great game.. syberia 2 was much less of a game, although still stunning graphics. for the end of this year they have finally announced to release syberia 3 … and yes i’m getting it!

  • Aura

    quite impressive ideas and games

  • Samuel Moses

    Myst was an interesting game. You are right it was creepy but fun. Will wait for the gateway to open for another adventure.

  • Mr.Crow

    *Digs myself out of the many fandoms im buried in*Did i hear Vortex point

    • Irenne

      … Just finished replaying some of the Cube Escape games, then went there and found you. Now I’ll turn around, look at the window and hopefully I will NOT see the scary shadow-man O.O

      • Mr.Crow

        I sure hope if you did you have atleast some fireflies, flashlight or lamp to protect you *cough cough*reference joke *cough cough*

        • Irenne

          I have a solved Rubik’s cube, maybe if I throw it to the shadow he will disappear and turn the cube black, or something similar…
          Thanks, by the way 🙂

          • Mr.Crow

            I would run and hide if that happened to me but knowning horror movie tropes i would run like this:

          • Irenne

            I probably would:
            1- scream my heart out.
            2- hopefully, calm down a bit because the shadow moves only if you are clicking around or doing things (or at east I hope so, if not I’m in serious problems).
            3- notice that I’m wearing colorful and frankly riddiculous pajamas: no serious monster would kill me, I would make a horrible corpse! (that’s my main defense against nightmares or horror movies at midnight).
            4- if the point 2 is not applicable (for example, if I’m wearing normal clothes), I’ll just freak out.

            And now let’s stop this off topic discussion, Before the Carmelgames team loses his patience 🙂

          • Mr.Crow

            Ah yeah i think we better.

  • Fathima Rifa

    will you make games according to the winners’ entries?

    • Not exactly, but kind of.

  • chris

    I can only imagine the potential of the Rusty Lake story line with the brighter art design of Carmel games, plus y’all can combine puzzles and make a premium game, I had no problem spending $2 US for Rusty Lake hotel, I would do the same for a fleshed out Carmel game!

    • It is an opportunity we’ll might seek, thank you for the idea Chris.

  • James Palmer

    I remember playing a puzzle game in the early 2000’s. I honestly can’t remember what it was called and it’s annoying me. It was similar to what you describe in Myst, lots of ambience and spooky stuff, but there were some really funny bits as well. I’ll try and find out what it was and post about it later.

    • Maybe “The Neverhood”?

      • James Palmer

        Thanks for replying. No it wasn’t The Neverhood. Although I remember that game as well. I seem to remember one bit where you had to get subway tokens. And vaguely a section where you had to get Charon to take you across the river. But I may be mixing up games.

        • I hardly remember because I was about 9 when I played it, but there’s a good chance you’ve made some mixing 🙂

      • James Palmer

        Would you believe it! I’ve found it – Zork! Grand Inquisitor in particular.

        • Just too a look at Zork and it really is very similar to MYST!

  • Elad Gitelmakher

    It’s a great idea to make a Myst influenced game!

    • Glad hearing you liked the idea Elad 🙂

  • Relyss

    I have played Myst, Riven, Exile, Revelation and Myst V (I don’t remember the name) with my sisters. Best gaming moments of my life, but I was so scared back then XD.

    • Sound like you’re a true Myst fan Relyss 🙂

  • Rugved Modak

    Why don’t you guys make some long term games like the MYST is. One in which players will be involved for at least an hour. I’ll suggest that why not let the VP characters go on a vacation.

    • It’s harder to make longer games because of the time and funding that the development of such games requires. That being said, we are working on some longer games, among them VP8.

  • Takkun Genkyo

    I actually remember this game my computer teacher had a copy of it he would let us play can’t remember if i finished it though it was like 10 years ago since i played

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