December 16, 2010
Those who have been counting the days until the release of Riven for iOS can now take a deep breath and relax, with a possible quick yell of "finally!" Cyan Worlds acclaimed point-and-click, now point-and-tap, adventure game of mystery can now be played with complete ease from the sofa or deck chair, or someplace else comfy anyway. Riven is the sequel to the similarly popular Myst. Riven's storyline begins immediately after the events of Myst. After being rescued by his sons, Atrus enlists the help of the player character to free his wife from Atrus' power-hungry father Gehn. While Myst took place on several worlds, or Ages, Riven takes place almost entirely on the Age of Riven. The Age of Riven is slowly being destroyed by Gehn's destructive rule. Riven: The Sequel to Myst for iOS features: • All the original Ages & gameplay • High quality images • Full music & sound effects • Full screen movies & animations • Auto-save and multitasking • "Bookmark" system to save & restore progress • Swipe to turn • Game Center achievement support • Zoom in anywhere for more detail • New! - “Hot Spot” hints • Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Cyan's previous notes about downloading, installing, and even playing with the best results and least frustration still appear to be very valid, definitely worth a read.
Riven for iOS is a VERY, VERY large application. We’ve managed to optimize Riven from its original DVD size to about a gig and a half. Even at that size it’s the largest iOS app we know of - so PLEASE BE PATIENT - download times and syncing times can be longer! It's possible for the downloading/syncing to pause FOR 10 MINUTES OR LONGER. Because of the large size it's HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you download Riven on your computer using iTunes, and then sync with your iPhone. Downloading directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is theoretically possible via a wireless connection, but... uh... well... you really don’t want to. Because of the way the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch install apps, you will need to have over 2 gigs of free space to install Riven. Once it's installed you can use the extra space again. If you experience any crashes or lock-ups you should "reset" your iPhone by holding down the Home button and the Sleep/Wake button until the screen goes black. This allows your iPhone to clean up memory.
Bookmarks can be handy if you get frustrated and want to, for example, return to Riven Island and try something else. But keep in mind that returning to a bookmark will “turn back the pages” of the game to the way it was when you placed the bookmark.
We highly recommend that you play Riven with headphones. The small external speakers, particularly on the iPod touch, will not reproduce all of the sounds in Riven - making some of the sound-based exploration almost impossible.Riven: The Sequel to Myst is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 3.1.3 or later. As with the majority of apps, it does work with iPad using iPad Compatibility Mode but may lack some features. Game Center features require iOS 4.1 or later. Pick up your copy of Riven: The Sequel to Myst in the App Store now for $5.99.
Riven: The Sequel to Myst