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Myst: Masterpiece Edition

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Myst: Masterpiece Edition

Also known as: Myst : L'Apogée (French)
Developers: Cyan Productions, Presto Studios (Mac)
Publishers: Red Orb Entertainment, Ubi Soft, Focus Multimedia (UK), Cyan Worlds (GOG.com, Steam)
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS Classic
Released internationally: December 3, 2009 (GOG.com), February 2, 2011 (Steam)
Released in US: August 24, 1999 (Windows), June 2000 (Mac)
Released in EU: 1999 (Windows), 2000 (Mac)

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.

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This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
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Myst: Masterpiece Edition is a re-mastered, re-rendered remake of Myst.

To do:
  • There are more unused resources here, specifically ones which appear in .DAT files corresponding to Ages in which they are not used. For example, INTRO.DAT contains cursors for holding and dropping pages, and all .DAT files (with the exception of HELP.DAT) seem to contain putpage_1.wav.
  • Another Easter egg in the Mac version, which "sends the player to a hidden Cyan web page".
  • Document differences in the Myst 25th Anniversary update.

Easter Egg

The Mac version of Myst: Masterpiece Edition has an Easter egg in the Channelwood Age. Turn on the tank spigot, then adjust all six pipe valves to direct flow to the RIGHT fork. After this, hold the Easter Egg key (usually "~" (tilde)), and enter Achenar's Temple. A ghostly cat head should appear in the hologram display, and will remain as long as you keep the key held. Releasing tilde will cause the image to fade out.

Myst Masterpiece Edition - Channelwood Easter Egg.jpg

The cat is named Pepper, and he belongs to programmer Rudolph Gustafsson, who has tried to include the image in every game he has worked on.

(Source: MYSTcommunity forum post: "Hidden cat face? Possible Easter egg?")


Within the SAVEGAME subfolder of the install directory is the file SAVEGAME.TXT, which contains the following message:

This is the location for saved game files

The file has a last modified date of 1995-06-22 at 01:00 UTC. It is also worth noting that saved games are stored as .mys files, and saving the game will not alter this file in any way.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Graphics

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Most of the game's images are stored as .jpeg files, though there are some .pict files as well. Are they used?

Present in INTRO.DAT are these alternate versions of the Myst linking book at the beginning of the game, with the linking panel replaced with each of the others in the game.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused 25th Anniversary Icon


As with the other games that received updates for Myst‍ '​s 25th anniversary (with the exception of realMyst: Masterpiece Edition), the game's Myst 25th Anniversary Update added an unused ".ico" file in the main directory, named Myst.ico. Like the unused icons in the other games, this icon file is actually just a renamed PNG file, not an ICO file.

(Source: Original TCRF research)