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Riven (1997), also known as Riven: The Sequel to Myst is an adventure game where you must explore a world or island to decipher its mysteries. You interact with objects to discover what they mean and how to use them, by investigating the indigenous culture and nature. It stands out not only for the intriguing narrative you uncover but also because you must become intimately familiar with its world to reveal it.

The sequel to the classic adventure game Myst, it takes place in the same world but in a different time and is set on remote islands that have been subject to a megalomaniac. As you explore the islands' locations, from futuristic Victorian settlements to ancient ruins and lush forests, you gradually uncover a rich history that calls you to take your place within it.

Play involves interacting with the objects you find and using your knowledge of the world to figure out how they work. By closely examining the architecture, art, and designs across the islands, you must piece together the culture, nature of being, and rules that define how things operate in this universe, then apply that to the items to make them work and advance to new areas.

The result is a game that entices you to learn how its world works through careful observation, thoughtfulness, and experimentation. Using what you learn of the world to figure out how every new object and item works to gradually progress and unravel the intriguing story maintains a sense of engagement and discovery throughout.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Riven 5 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Narrative game with Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 18 hours to complete. The time to beat the original game varies drastically, as it takes different people different lengths of time to understand the many puzzles you need to solve.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference and Fantasy Violence.
The Android version of the original game is rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence. The 2024 remake on Meta Quest headsets is rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References, and Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game leaves it up to you to figure out what to do and how to progress, so a great deal of patience, determination, and intuitive thinking are required to deduce what is needed of you.

CostsCosts

Riven usually costs £3.89 to £29.50.
 

Riven

Steam Store PC £29.50
Steam Store Mac £29.50

Riven (1997)

Steam Store PC £4.99
Steam Store Mac £4.99
Android Store Android £3.89
App Store iOS £5.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
Originally released in 1997 as a point-and-click adventure, the game has since been re-released many times. A 2024 remake of the game, featuring fully explorable 3D environments, created by the original developers, has also been made for PC and Mac, and is playable in virtual reality on Meta headsets and PC. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/10/1997, updated in 2024

Out Now: Android, Mac, Oculus, PC, PS1 and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative (Adventure, Point-and-Click and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Cyan Worlds (@CyanWorlds)


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