A long-awaited update to the Mac version of Ubi Soft’s game Myst III: Exile is now available for download from
Ubi Soft’s Web site. An OS X-native build is also available.
The OS X upgrade is comprised of a separate Mac OS X-native executable and a Carbonized version of the Bink library from RAD Game Tools, a shared library used to display digital video. The 1.2.2 patch is for Mac OS 8.1 – 9.x, and has been distributed as a stand alone updater application.
The new 1.2.2 patch now supports GeForce 2MX-based graphics card on the Mac; the developer noted that the latest drivers from Apple for the card are also required. Crashing and graphical glitch bugs have also been fixed; and a couple of gameplay changes have also been made (since describing them might spoil the fun for some users, we won’t go into depth here, but if you download and install the patch you can read more).
In a recent e-mail to MacCentral, a Presto Studios spokesperson relayed information about one long-standing issue noted by Mac gamers: that of rearranged desktop icons after playing the game. The problem is still qualified as an “open issue;” Presto said that it is fixed on some Mac configurations but not on others.
Myst III: Exile is the third installment in the enormously popular graphical adventure game series originally developed by Cyan — the previous games, Myst and Riven: The Sequel to Myst rank as some of the best-selling computer games ever. Developed by Presto Studios, authors of The Journeyman Project series, Myst III: Exile puts you back in a universe populated by worlds of various origins that are actually massive puzzles — puzzles whose operation you must decipher in order to progress. The game features beautiful 3D rendered graphics complete with animation, including the acting talents of motion picture star Brad Dourif, who portrays the game’s antagonist, Saavedro.