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This page is for the original release. For the Masterpiece Edition, see realMyst: Masterpiece Edition.

realMyst cover
Cyan Worlds
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) April 10, 2002
macOS (OS X) February 5, 2014
Metacritic 66
RealMyst on HowLongToBeat
RealMyst on IGDB
RealMyst on MobyGames
RealMyst on Wikipedia
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Myst IV: Revelation 2004
Myst V: End of Ages 2005
Myst Online: Uru Live 2007
realMyst: Masterpiece Edition 2014
Myst (2020) 2020

General information

Official forums
MYSTAges - A wiki for the series Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Mac OS (unavailable)
Steam (unavailable)
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.11 fixes several bugs and adds some mouse options, and can be downloaded [1].
All digital copies of the game come with it pre-installed

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/63600/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAV[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/63600/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External general settings.
External general settings.
External advanced settings.
External advanced settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Capable, but can't run with any resolution dimension > 2048px. Needs FOV hack in config file
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Editable via config file
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
On/off toggle.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Game is poorly optimized; capable but hard to exceed 60fps even on modern systems


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Via DirectSound3D support.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation by users forum Old-Games.Ru

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

The original disc version of the game usually tends to crash on startup when run by a newer OS. This isn't permanent though, and can be fixed by opening and closing the game a few dozen times.

Link book videos display solid white & general instability[edit]

This fix can also remove any potential FPS issues
Setup the game's compatibility settings[3]
  1. Go to the game installation folder
  2. Right click on RealMyst.exe file and select "Properties".
  3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and enable Compatibility Mode (set it to "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)").
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Launch the game.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
OpenGL 1 Mac OS and OS X only.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video, Indeo Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 75 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
Supported sound/video chipsets: Intel 810E chipset video, Guilloemot Prophet 3D, Guillemot Maxigamer Cougar (TNT2), ATI Rage 128VR, Creative Labs Graphics Blaster with Monster 3DII Voodoo2, ATI Radeon, ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP 2x, STB Velocity 128 AGP with Diamond Monster 3D II, Gladiac GeForce 2, Hercules Terminator Beast AGP, Matrox G400, 3D Force B-128, Annihilator II, Rage Fury Maxx, Stealth III S540, Erazor X, 3D Blaster, Erazor X 2, Voodoo 5 5500, 3D Prophet DDR-DVI


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/63600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (63600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).