Category: Main Games Adventures Myst 1.3


Windows 3.1/95 v1.3.0.5 from RedOrb (1996)

Application Details:

Version: 1.3
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.8

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

The game installs fine (mostly) and usually starts up correctly. The Brøderbund and Cyan logo videos play fine, as do the credits, up until the Myst book lands. If you skip the initial videos by pressing space, it's sometimes possible to get to the screen where the Myst book is open; clicking on the linking panel will blank the screen and play the linking sound.

The "Making of" video works fine, as long as you don't open the menu.

What does not

Sometimes, Myst fails to start up at all. This seems to be entirely random.

Clicking on the Myst book, or on the Myst linking panel, consistently causes Myst to hang. If the book was clicked, the audio (from when the book was on the floor, not from inside the book) will continue to play, but the video will freeze, and the cursor will disappear. If the panel was clicked (by skipping the initial videos), the linking sound plays, and the screen turns black, but nothing happens beyond that point.

The cursor is displayed inside a red box, and has some odd transparency issues -- these can be seen most clearly when the Myst book is open (some of the book is visible through the cursor).

Myst occasionally crashes outright rather than hanging; it's not clear what causes this.


What was not tested

Anything beyond the initial link to Myst (since that causes a hang).

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

I strongly advise running Myst in Wine's emulated desktop, in order to preserve your screen resolution settings. A 32-bit wineprefix (i.e. WINEARCH=win32) is required to run Myst. Installation was tested in Windows 7 mode, with emulated desktop disabled. "Error 401" (String variable is not large enough for string) doesn't seem to affect installation. When prompted to install QuickTime, choose "advanced", and skip searching for conflicting QuickTime installations. Myst will complain and refuse to run if you are not in Windows 95 mode: once the game is installed, run winecfg, change to Windows 95, and enable emulated desktop. If Myst doesn't start, and you get a console message like "Cannot change screen BPP from 32 to 8", close the emulated desktop and run Myst again.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 25 20172.8Yes Yes Garbagesorrel 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 21 20101.1.41Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
37065 Mouse cursor often has incorrect transparency UNCONFIRMED View
43086 Myst crashes when "Exit" is clicked and no animation is playing UNCONFIRMED View
43087 Myst hangs when Myst linking book is clicked in intro UNCONFIRMED View
43090 Myst crashes when linking to Myst in intro UNCONFIRMED View

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Myst has difficulties running on multiple cores
by sorrel on Friday May 26th 2017, 6:41
It's possible to avoid the crash when linking to Myst; you'll need to run Myst on 1 core, by using a commandline like "taskset -c 0 wine MYST.EXE", then immediately skip all the intro animations. If you see the Brøderbund logo, you were probably too slow, but if you were fast enough, the island of Myst should appear once you click the linking panel.
Note: Myst requires a 32-bit wineprefix
by sorrel on Thursday May 25th 2017, 8:14
Since Myst requires Windows 95 mode in order to run, it's important to create a 32-bit wineprefix (i.e. by using WINEARCH=win32).