Dust off your mouse, because one of the most successful point-and-click adventure games in history is about to make a comeback on the small screen.
Deadline is reporting the classic 1993 puzzle adventure PC game Myst is being developed as a television series at Legendary TV & Digital Media. The game was one of the best-selling titles in history, and followed the Stranger, who uses a book to travel and explore the mysterious island of Myst.
The game’s developer, Cyan, notes that the Legendary TV deal represents a chance to finally “express in a visual linear medium the rich story that the Myst franchise is dripping with.” The game itself was stunning for the era, using crisp graphics and a point-and-click interface to explore the island and seek out clues.
As for how it’ll work as a television series? There are definitely some great mystery aspects to the story that could be developed, not to mention the fact that the original game has since spawned several sequels and novels that dig deeper into the mysterious world of Myst.
Along with the show, it sounds like Cyan also wants to use the buzz as a launchpad for a new Myst game for tablets, with the company aiming for a “true transmedia product that will include a companion video game that extends the story across both media.”
Considering the game’s monumental success in the 1990s, and the fact that virtually everything has been pillaged for intellectual property, it’s amazing to think no one has done anything like this with the franchise until now. Here’s hoping the series is actually good, because we do still have some fond memories of idly fumbling around looking for pages all those years ago.
What do you think? Could Myst work as a television series?