May 4, 2009 in Business

Spokane-developed ‘Myst’ debuts on iPhone

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Spokane game developer Cyan Worlds has re-released a new version of its groundbreaking game “Myst” for the Apple iPhone. Company CEO Tony Fryman said Apple approved the new application for the iPhone late Sunday, May 3.
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Spokane game developer Cyan Worlds has re-released a new version of its groundbreaking game “Myst” for the Apple iPhone.

Company CEO Tony Fryman said Apple approved the new application for the iPhone late Sunday.

The game can be downloaded from iTunes for $5.99 (find in iTunes App Store). The game takes up more than 700 megabytes of storage, making it one of the biggest apps being offered for the iPhone, said Fryman.

In the original version, players explored a mysterious island world and used the mouse to find clues and decode puzzles or challenges.

Two challenges faced by Cyan’s developers were to use the iPhone’s touch screen technology instead of a mouse, and to maintain the high quality of the game, said Cyan Worlds President Rand Miller.

Fans who’ve downloaded Myst for iPhone are saying it provides very high quality sound and images and retains the feeling of the original.

Revenue from the sales will be divided three ways, with Apple getting about 30 percent, the rest being divided between Cyan and its Japanese partner, SunSoft.


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