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MYST GETS DISSED ON CD-ROM

SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1994, Myst, a computer game developed by a company called Cyan for Broderbund Software Inc., broke the mold for multimedia games. Over a background of moody and mysterious music, the game asks players to figure out what happened to an island's inhabitants and then escape the same fate by wandering around lush settings to solve ingenious puzzles. Now, another company is hoping to revisit the isle of Myst--while getting a few laughs from Myst addicts.

Pyst is a CD-ROM parody from from Parroty Interactive, a division of Palladium Interactive in Larkspur, Calif. Created by Peter Bergman and Firesign Theatre, his 1970s comedy troupe, Pyst literally ``trashes'' the island by showing what happens when 4 million people wander through it. Hidden doors in the original game are clearly marked in Pyst. And instead of King Atrus spouting mysterious clues, Pyst has King Mattruss, played by John Goodman. The $15 CD-ROM will also come with Net access, so players can visit the Pyst Web site that parodies other industry icons, such as ``Nutscape.''

EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG


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