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9 Puzzle Adventure Games Like Myst

Updated on January 05, 2016
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Are you looking for puzzle adventure games like Myst? The adventure genre has slowly been declining in recent years, but there are still some great titles available on different platforms.

Myst was a highly popular and critically acclaimed adventure series that spanned 1993-2005. The non-violent gameplay focused on players solving puzzles and attracted a massive casual audience (including myself). The Myst series offers challenging, complex puzzles, simple but beautiful graphics, and deep rewarding gameplay.

Myst was one of the first puzzle adventures I ever played, and still one of the best after all these years. I hope you enjoy this collection of similar experiences that I've put together. Please let me know in the comments section which alternative is your favourite, or share any games like Myst that you think I missed.

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1: The Myst Series

The Myst series is a great place to start, if you haven't already played all six titles. They all offer a similar style of gameplay and polish. If you are yet to play them all, you are truly missing out on a wealth of puzzle adventures.

The majority of the series is available on Windows and Mac, making this platform your ideal option if you want to play them all. However, some are available for other platforms including Windows Phone, iOS, Xbox and PlayStation.

Please be careful if you decide to purchase some of the older titles in the Myst series in their physical boxes as the age of these titles opens up a number of potential system issues. If you are unsure, please make a digital purchase through Good Old Games (GOG.com) instead.

This will guarantee that the game will work on your computer system as all games in the GOG collection have been updated to work in current versions of Windows (and you won't ever lose your copy again).

Myst Game Summary

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Year of Release
Platforms
Myst
1993
Windows, Mac, iOS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PSP, Windows Mobile
Riven
1997
Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation, Windows Mobile
Myst III: Exile
2001
Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
2003
Windows
Myst IV: Revelation
2004
Windows, Mac, Xbox
Myst V: End of Ages
2005
Windows, Mac
RealMyst
2014 (Remake)
Windows, Mac
The 7th Guest
The 7th Guest

2: The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour

The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour are puzzle adventures developed by Trilobyte at around the same time as the original Myst. This pair was a great success on PC and Mac and has since been ported over to iOS devices.

Players find themselves wandering through a mansion as they solve a variety of logical puzzles and unlock the story behind themselves, the mansion and their amnesia. Both of these games were the reason I got hooked on puzzle adventures such as Myst. These experiences are ones that many older gamers will remember and accordingly I cannot recommend them enough.

Similar to the Myst titles I strongly recommend purchasing these options through GOG.com to ensure complete compatibility with new computer systems and versions of Windows.

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3. Machinarium

Machinarium is a puzzle adventure designed around a point-and-click interface. The gameplay and feel of Machinarium are very similar to that of Myst, despite Machinarium being point-and-click. The game was originally available on Windows, Mac and Linux but has since been added to iOS devices and Android.

In Machinarium you solve various brain teasers and puzzles that are linked together through an overworld. Machinarium is a unique adventure story that contains no dialogue (spoken or written), and apart from a few early tutorial prompts, the game does not use any form of understandable language, instead relying on animated thought bubbles.

To aid players, Machinarium offers a hint system involving two tiers. In each level, the player may receive one hint (although these become vaguer the further you advance through the story). Alternatively a walkthrough can be accessed at any time by completing a mini-game.

The word free world of Machinarium makes it a curiously fascinating adventure and appropriate for those seeking something less intense than Myst in the puzzle department (thanks to the help systems in place).

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The Secret of Grisly Manor
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4. The Secret of Grisly Manor

The Secret of Grisly Manor has you exploring your uncle's mansion, solving puzzles and looking for clues to find out what has happened to him.

It offers a great puzzle adventure experience and is available on your portable devices (Android and iOS). In my opinion it is one of the best in the mobile space with very few titles offering the level of depth that you'll find within the game.

The Secret of Grisly Manor is slightly on the easy side when it comes to puzzle games though, making it perfect for younger children or novice puzzle adventurers, and a great way to break into the genre.

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Axel & Pixel
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5. Axel & Pixel

Axel & Pixel is a point-and-click puzzle adventure that was released in 2009 on the Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. In 2010, it was also released on Steam for Windows.

The game follows a painter named Axel and his dog Pixel, who wake up in a dream world that is both unique, memorising and frightening. Together they must solve the various mysteries and puzzles and ultimately escape while fulfilling Axel's dream.

Axel & Pixel is your traditional point-and-click-style adventure and features many logic-based puzzles and riddles while presenting them in a unique way. The game contains four different chapters based on the four seasons and also features three different mini-games that are played several times throughout the adventure.

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I found Axel and Pixel a unique experience, the mixture of mysteries, puzzle, and mini games had me hooked very early on, and it had a very Myst feel to it, despite being quite different in many ways.

Axel and Pixel is an absolute bargain right now for the amount of content (24 game chapters in total). While the world and gameplay is a slight jump away from what Myst offers the overall vibe is very comparable.

 

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent
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6: Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia is a survival/horror/puzzle blend, while it doesn't have a large puzzle focus like Myst, the game offers great (and scary) gameplay with some puzzles thrown in.

The title follows the journey of Daniel as he explores a dark castle while avoiding monsters and solving puzzles. The game includes physical object interaction, physics-based puzzles, and a insanity bar mechanic.

Uniquely, there are no weapons in Amnesia, which forces the player to rely on stealth and hiding to avoid the monsters that are present in the castle. Players must also manage their sanity, which decreases the longer the player is in darkness or when they witness a scary event.

To counter insanity, players must rely on the few light sources available in the world. Another unique feature of Amnesia is the lack of toggles on objects that you can interact with; for example, players must actually push or pull doors open with their mouse.

If you find that you enjoy Amnesia, I recommend also looking at Penumbra which has very similar gameplay elements.

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Drawn The Painted Tower
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7. Drawn Series

The Drawn series is a casual adventure collection with a focus on puzzle solving. If you prefer the hardcore puzzles then Drawn is best skipped for the more difficult experiences featured above.

Each title within the series offers an impressively unique art style, compelling storyline and amazing worlds that can be explored thoroughly. It's an absolute must play in order though as each game is intimately connected through the story and setting. You'll find that characters and game references also overlap so playing the titles in order does ensure the full experience.

There are three games available in the Drawn series; The Painted Tower, Dark Flight and Trail of Shadows (the games are available on Windows, Mac and iOS devices).

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Think the Drawn series sounds perfect for you? Grab the bundle pack and you'll save.

Drawn is one of my favourite casual puzzle games, while it won't test your brain as much as the other options on this list it's slower paced approach is a nice change of pace and shifts the focus towards the story and characters.

Starting with your rescue of Iris in the Paint Tower her ability to turn drawings into real-life objects is a core mechanic that will serve you right up until the final story of a young by captured in the painted world of an evil wizard.

 

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8. Gray Matter

Gray Matter is an adventure point-and-click available for Windows and the Xbox 360 with a slightly darker storyline to those previously featured here.

The majority of the game takes place in Oxford and follows the story of a street performer and magician named Samantha and a strange neurobiologist known as Professor David Styles.

The puzzles in Gray Matter have great variety and include word games, riddles, magic tricks and mazes, all of which have a balanced difficultly level to keep you progressing forward at a consistent pace.

Even though the game is entirely controlled with a point-and-click interface it still has a very Myst feel to it due to the story unfolds and the general puzzle designs.

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9. Portal Series

The puzzle-focused games in the Portal series may lack the clue-collecting and variety of puzzles that Myst offers, but still deserves inclusion on this list simply for its amazing physics-based puzzles and dark humour. Both titles are very enjoyable and if you are a fan of solving puzzles you won't be disappointed.

In the Portal games, players are armed with the portal gun, which creates two connected wormholes between any two flat surfaces. The titles also has many other puzzle mechanics, including bridges, turrets, lasers and companion cubes.

The Portal series has had critical success and offer a great puzzle-based experience with Portal 2 introducing co-operative play to the series with great success.

I recommend picking up both titles at once in the handy Portal bundle which provides access to both games for one convenient price, while the games aren't directly related playing them in order will let you get a better grasp of the mechanics and any running jokes in the series.

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      Amber 10 months ago

      Thanks a million! Myst is my all time fav, Kings quest were also really good but might be too outdated now, def gonna try the rest out if I can find them!

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      jamjam 12 months ago

      it seems like the people that write these "20 games like this game" never actually played the game there talking about or never played the games there comparing to it.....

      yes its a point and click puzzle game but that doesn't mean every single point and click puzzle game is the same.... here are some games that are a hell of a lot more like Myst that are not even mentioned.....

      1. shivers ( favorite out of the myst style games)

      2. shivers 2 (....never payed the second one but i have heard the first was better).

      3. lighthouse

      4. mummy: tomb of the pharaoh

      5. Frankenstein: through the eyes of the monster( starring TIM CURRY as dr frankenstein)

      there are a few more that i played back in the day but i cant remember the names of them.....

      oh also return to mysterious island....i played the second one and its not that hard but is like myst

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      Andy 13 months ago

      Try Shivers. Just the best.

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      Curtisnielsen 24 months ago

      We just released a new iPad adventure game called Puzzle House: Mystery Rising. which is similar in many ways to Myst and The Room series. It has the 3D control like the room, but adds a 3D journal, and a robot visitor who helps you solve some of the puzzles. It is the first game of three planned games.

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      Rick Kenton 2 years ago

      Check out the new puzzle/adventure game "Tall Tails" just released on IOS for free…don`t let the cuteness fool you…this game will Break Your Brain (in a good way)

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      De.H 2 years ago

      the black mirror series is also a great choice for adventure gamers especially the first and the second parts

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      Wutaz-Zawwop 2 years ago

      I never understood why they call these "adventure" games. Isn't every game supposed to involve some kind of adventure? I always thought of them as being puzzle games.

      Anyway, it's just too bad that most of these aren't available for my system, which runs Linux.

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      Meryl van der Merwe 2 years ago from USA

      Riddle of the Sphinx was fun too - set in Egypt of course.

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      reflux000 2 years ago

      I'm amazed nobody mentioned sanitarium! Definitely one of the best and creepy bizarre puzzle games out there. Should be #4 for sure!

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      cold-memories 2 years ago

      I like them all, but Machinarium is the best. Thank you for the list :)

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      nonya222 3 years ago

      I love adventure games but wasn't a huge fan of the maze style. You have some great games here like the Drawn series and some I will try. Great list thanks.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I also LOVED Shivers and didn't find Harvest nearly as good but Shivers is a great game that I never hear talked about!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: LOVE Shivers to this day... I recently had to give it to my brother and his wife to re-play. It's a family favorite.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Rhem 1, 2,3 and 4

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      marvmac 3 years ago

      I think Portal 2 is the best choice out of all the other puzzle games listed on here.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      No one has mentioned another Sierra game that was point and click and was just awesome at around the same time of Myst. Called Shivers there was also a sequel Shivers 2 Harvest of the Soul but although the puzzles were hard it just didn't have the coolness of wondering around an abandon Museum that had cool unique music in each room. Shivers 1 was my favorite next to Myst back in the mid 90's.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Buried in Time, Dust, Titanic

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I just released a new iPad adventure game called Tipping Point which is similar in many ways to Myst.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you AnnaB! We love Myst and Lost City and Grisly Manor and Zork .... so much that we decided to make one, it has taken a lot to make our first, hope to have the sequel out much faster, stay tuned! - Dave, SkyHorse Interactive

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I just got Vanished: The Island, and so far it's great.

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