Riven is the sequel to the highly successful computer game Myst.
Developed by Cyan Worlds, it was initially published by Brøderbund.
Riven was distributed on five compact discs and released on October 29,
1997, in North America; it was later released on a single DVD-ROM, with
improved graphics and a fourteen-minute "making-of" video. In addition
to the PC versions, Riven was ported to several other platforms,
including the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The story of Riven is set
immediately after the events of Myst. Having been rescued from the
machinations of his sons, the explorer Atrus enlists the help of the
faceless player character in freeing his wife from his power-hungry
father, Gehn. Unlike Myst, which took place on several worlds known as
Ages and linked together by special books, Riven is set almost entirely
on the eponymous Age of Riven, a world slowly falling apart due to
Gehn's rule. Development of Riven began soon after Myst became a
success, and spanned more than three years. Riven was praised by
professional reviewers, with the magazine Salon proclaiming that the
game approaches the level of art. The best-selling game of 1997, Riven
sold 1.5 million copies in one year.
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