Geek Trivia: What Is The Most Widely Released Graphic Adventure Video Game Of All Time?

Original cover of the video game MystBrøderbund

Answer: Myst

In the early 1990s, the point-and-click graphic adventure game was a resounding success for serious and casual gamers around the world. The players played the role of The Stranger, a visitor on a mysterious and atmospheric island known only as Myst. The game avoided the fast pace of action games for a point-and-click interface that drove players across the beautiful island as well as all its mysterious pockets and puzzles.

Originally released for Mac OS in 1993, it was quickly ported to Windows computers. The success of Myst as a computer game has led to a series of porting efforts, bringing the game to more than a dozen different platforms, including the PlayStation (as well as the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation 3), 3DO, Sega Saturn, Nintendo DS and 3DS, iOS, Android and more.

The only graphic adventure game that comes close to the type of cross-platform adoption that Myst has is the 1987 game, Shadowgate. Even then, it just manages to match Myst's success if you count the remakes and adaptations on all platforms.

Riven and Myst III: Exile, Myst's two immediate suites and part of the six-game stable that makes up the Myst universe, have also been widely ported and can be found on Windows, Mac OS, and various game platforms.

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