I first played Myst back in the 1990's, when I was young enough to be scared every time I watched the intro sequence and every time I opened Sirrus' or Achenar's books. It's also the first and only app I've bought for the iPod Touch. It's still awesome every time I play it. Disappointing how it bores the shit out of anyone I show it to. Stupid lesser beings.
Riven is the best point and click game I have ever played. It's immersive, it's beautiful, there's something about it that makes me WANT to solve all the puzzles. Unfortunately, my c__ting Vista freezes every time I try to play it. I'll take up Czar's installation suggestions though.
Out of curiosity, why are people saying that it was really difficult? I never found it that hard... Mind you, I first played it back when I had the time to spend hours every day playing it.
Revelation, on the other hand, is a game that looks absolutely stunning, but I cannot for the life of me finish it. That's something else I've noticed here; If Riven was so difficult, then why am I finding Revelation to be fucking impossible???
I agree that Exile seemed to be lacking a certain something that Riven had, but I still loved the game in its own way. Saavedro was awesome; the hubs on which he left messages for Atrus actually made me feel sad for him, which is a first for a game. And the introduction of the 360 degree viewing method was awesome, when it first came out.
I remember the last time I played Exile, I managed to finish it in two and a half hours flat...
Another note: They are currently trying to port Riven to the iPhone and iPod Touch, which probably means it would also be on the iPad. As redundant as the iPad may seem, it would still be awesome to play Riven on it.