Myst V demo released for Mac

Ubisoft has released a downloadable demo version of its forthcoming game Myst V: End of Ages, which expected to ship at the end of September. You can download the demo version from Macgamefiles.com. It measures 457MB. Surprisingly, the Mac demo precedes the release of any Windows-compatible version.

Myst V: End of Ages is the final chapter in the Myst saga. The game, developed by Cyan Worlds, was announced this past January.

Up until The Sims was released, the Myst series ranked as the best-selling computer game ever published. It’s a graphical adventure game that features a point-and-click interface. It’s rife with brain-twisting puzzles that test your skills, set in a beautiful pre-rendered environment. Myst V continues that format, though it’s been updated with a brand new engine, more interactive elements and more realistic effects than ever before.

Myst V: End of Ages brings the Myst story full circle, picking up the story immediately after the end of the first game, where the player must help restore the lost empire of the D’ni.

In late February, it was announced that Beenox would handle the game’s Mac conversion. Beenox, a Quebec-based game developer who has been a frequent collaborator of Mac game publishers in the past, has since been sold to Activision to work on next-generation console conversions, so it’s likely that Myst V will be one of the final Mac projects that sees their touch.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later, G4/1GHz or faster, 256MB RAM and an ATI Radeon 7000 or Nvidia GeForce2 MX or better 3D graphics with at least 32MB VRAM.

“The file is currently hosted at UbiSoft’s ftp site and may download slowly,” read a note on Macgamefiles.com at the time MacCentral posted this article. “More mirrors will be added shortly, including a bittorent [sic] link.”

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