Check Out Pyst, The Wacky Alternate Version of MYST No One Asked For

In case you hadn’t gotten enough of MYST and its legendary puzzles back in the 1990s, there was good news that came about three years later, with the release of PYST. Yes. PYST, apparently MYST’s younger, angrier, possibly anti-social brother. As reported on in Kotaku, PYST was meant to be a parody of the original MYST game and was manufactured by Parroty Interactive, creators of such timeless classics like Microshaft Winblows 98.

The main draw of PYST was not even that it was a parody of MYST. Instead, its primary appeal was John Goodman’s (yes, that John Goodman) starring role in the game as “King Mattruss.” In the original game, the King was named “Atrus,” so, yeah, you see where this is going. Needless to say, however, Parroty Interactive managed to wrangle poor John into doing this god-awful game.

So, for a mere handful of moments, we are graced with the presence of John Goodman doing his very best to turn a bad thing into at least a semi-tolerable thing. Unfortunately, as for the rest of the game, there are few redeeming qualities. It isn’t even a game so much as a poorly scripted, interactive collection of scenes with no puzzles at all.

So, if you have been craving a game featuring John Goodman in a hot tub in a room known as “The Love Cabin,” congratulations, you found it.

Be sure to check out the full story from Kotaku’s Chris Kohler here.


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  1. I wish John Goodman kept his shirt on but you can’t have everything in life.

    On another note, I love a good parody game, but I didn’t really play Myst in my youth (I tried but it was too much for me) so the references would likely go over my head. Plus, my pile of shame is already pretty ridiculous… lol

  2. I remember seeing this at Costco of all places when I was younger. I assumed it was probably terrible. Now I’m kind of bummed I didn’t pick it up.

  3. I bought Pyst back in the day! Might even still have it somewhere. I found it cathartic after the Myst ending, at the time

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