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UPDATE MAR 2016: MyLibrary is an archive of older PC games that were played before there was any thought of a website. As such, there is no featured review, screenshots or potential fixes for tech issues. There is however, links to as much information as could be gathered in hindsight. The Library section will remain static as all new game additions will instead be in the FEATURES section as they are played and reviewed. It is therefore not a full list of PC games on the site. This section is only to provide some insight on a number of games that are unlikely to be covered in depth unless replayed at some future time. Although most of these games are quite good, they are also quite old and many of the original disc copies present challenges to run. Some of them are still playable with fixes, but will require research on how to get them running. Disc versions are the most problematic if they use SafeDisc or SecuRom as Microsoft has stripped support for these from Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista. The following is an article How To Geek with possible solutions. You can still purchase many of these digitally, but be careful if you want to collect older disc versions.

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POINT-AND-CLICK ADVENTURE
AURA: Fate of the Ages
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Streko-Graphics Inc.
  • Publisher: The Adventure Company
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Release Date: June 2004
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Aura II: The Sacred Rings
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Not one of my favorites. The game's focus is mainly on the elaborate brain-twisting puzzles with little adventure or story. Mind-crushing puzzles seem to be the Hallmark of Streko-Graphics as their only other two games, Aura II and Dead Reefs, didn't fare well either. Nordic Games seems to own these IPs now, so they are still readily available.
CURSE OF ATLANTIS: Thorgal's Quest
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: DreamCatcher Interactive
  • Publisher: The Adventure Company
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Release Date: NA 2002
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • None
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Another bit of a dog so there is very little information about it. All holdings of DreamCatcher went to Nordic Games, but this is one that's not likely to get resurrected. Might be one for the collectors, though.
THE DIG
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Platforms: Windows, DOS, Mac OS
  • Release Date: Nov 1995, Steam re-release 2009
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • None
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The Dig was originally conceived by Steven Spielberg and had the longest development time of any LucasArts game. Upon release, it also became their best-selling adventure game. The puzzles were generally viewed as being more difficult and the graphics somewhat outdated, but the game garnered positive reviews in general. In July of 2009, The Dig was re-released on Steam. After its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company, LucasArts no longer functions as a development studio.
EGYPT 1136 BC Tomb of the Pharaoh
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Canal+, Cryo Interactive
  • Publisher: R&P Electrinic Media
  • Platforms: Windows, PS
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Egypt 2: The Heliopolis Prophecy
  • Egypt 2: The Egyptian Prophecy
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Cryo Interactive was a French video game developer established in 1989. The first game they developed was the highly successful release DUNE in 1992. Conversely, Frank Herbert's Dune, released in 2001, was a commercial flop and Cryo went bankrupt shortly thereafter. In 2002, DreamCatcher absorbed most of its assets, forming DreamCatcher Europe, which developed Egypt 2 & 3. In 2008, Microids acquired Cryo Interactive IPs stating they intended to make them available digitally.
INDIANA JONES The Fate of Atlantis
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: LucasArts
  • Publisher: LucasArts
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS, Dos, FM Towns, Wii
  • Release Date: June 1992, Steam re-release 2009
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine
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Fate of Atlantis received critical acclaim and sold one million units on release. It is generally considered a classic of its genre. Although there are other Indiana Jones games, only three were actually developed by LucasArts while others were given to outside studios. Infernal Machine did not come along till seven years after Atlantis and was an action adventure along the same lines of Tomb Raider.
INDIANA JONES The Last Crusade
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: LucasFilm Games
  • Publisher: LucasFilm Games
  • Platforms: Windows, Dos, Amiga, Mac, FM Towns
  • Release Date: July 1989, Steam re-release 2009
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine
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The Last Crusade was released to coincide with the film's release and closely follows the same plot. It received very positive reviews. LucasArts no longer develops products since its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and now acts as a licensee only.
MYST
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: Cyan
  • Publisher: Broderbund
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS, PS, other
  • Release Date: Sept 1993, PC 1995
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Riven: The Sequel to Myst
  • Myst III: Exile
  • Myst IV: Revelation
  • Myst IV: End of ages
  • URU Chronicles - spinoff
  • Myst Community for specs
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Myst turned out to be a surprisingly big hit and was the best-selling PC game till the Sims surpassed it in 2002. Cyan Inc. had previously only made children's games and Myst was the biggest project they had undertaken. Myst was directly responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives. The game was remade in 3D under the title realMyst and upgraded again in 2014 as realMyst Masterpiece Edition, not to be confused with Myst Masterpiece Edition, a remake of the original 2D game.
RIVEN: The Sequel to MYST
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: Cyan
  • Publisher: Red Orb Entertainment
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS, PS, others
  • Release Date: Oct 1997
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
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The story of Riven is set immediately after the events of Myst and was over three years in development. It was the best-selling game of 1997 and sold 1.5 million copies within a year of its release. After Riven, the two brothers who founded Cyan ended the partnership with one leaving to start his own development studio and the other staying to work on further Myst projects. With the success of Myst, more people were hired for Riven and it became a much bigger production.
MYST III Exile
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: Presto Studios
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS, Xbox, PS2
  • Release Date: May 2001
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • Myst
  • Riven: The Sequel to Myst
  • Myst IV: Revelation
  • Myst IV: End of ages
  • URU Chronicles - spinoff
  • Myst Community for specs
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Cyan handed over development of the third Myst game to Presto Studios. Exile did not fair as well as the previous games, but despite strong sales was considered a commercial disappointment. By this time, the previous two games combined had sold over ten million copies. Ubisoft released a trilogy edition as well as a DVD 10th Anniversary Edition that included the first 3 games. These editions, as well as Exile, are not readily available and I suspect it's probably a legal issue with Ubisoft.
MYST IV Revelation
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  • Genre: Graphic Adventure
  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox
  • Release Date: Sept 2004
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
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At some point during the development of Exile, Ubisoft acquired the rights to Myst 3 & 4. Cyan laid down some "rules" about the Myst lore, but otherwise Ubisoft was free to develop new ideas and a new story. Ubisoft decided to develop the game in-house as Cyan was busy finishing up with URU and two of the team members had worked on Exile. This was the first game that was released solely in DVD format and not CD. Reception was positive. Once again, the game is not readily available.
MYST V End of Ages
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Cyan
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X
  • Release Date: Sept 2005, re-release 2012 Steam, Gog
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
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Cyan took over development of last game in the Myst series. End of Ages replaces pre-rendered environments with real time 3D graphics and free navigation of the Ages. Due to a failure to receive financial backing for its next project, Cyan abruptly announced an end to software development and laid-off most of its staff. However, they were able to re-hire them a few weeks later when backing was secured for Uru live. Currently, they are are working on a spiritual successor to Myst called Obduction.
URU: Ages Beyond Myst
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Cyan Worlds
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Release Date: Nov 2003, re-release 2010, Steam, Gog
  • Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
Other Games in Series
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Cyan began developing the multiplayer game Uru shortly after Riven, but it ended in single-player only and multiplayer was cancelled. In 2007, GameTap released Myst Online: Uru Live, which was subsequently also cancelled due to lack of subscribers. The game ended as a commercial disappointment, which led to financial troubles for Cyan. Uru: The Complete Chronicles includes the expansions, offering content that was originally designed for the multiplayer. In 2010, Cyan relaunched Uru Live for free, which is currently hosted by Cyan. The Online source code was released to the fans.
THE MYSTERY OF NAUTILUS / SECRET OF THE NAUTILUS
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  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Cryo Interactive
  • Publisher: DreamCatcher interactive
  • Platforms: Windows
  • Release Date: Apr 2002
  • Modes: Single-player
Other Games in Series
  • None
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This game seems to have undergone a name change, but it's hard to decipher if there are differences in the gameplay between the two. Secret may be a European version and Mystery a North American version. Regardless, there seems to be major problems getting it running anyway, so another one to toss in the serious collectors bin. Gameboomers
ABOUT POINT-AND-CLICK GAMES
FEATURED POINT-AND-CLICK
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The Blackwell Bundle

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Broken Sword: Shadow of Templars DC

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The Longest Journey

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Loom

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Monkey Island 2

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Secret of Monkey Island

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Still Life

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Syberia

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Syberia 2

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FEATURED ACTION ADVENTURE
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Alan Wake

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Alpha Protocol

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Batman Arkham Asylum

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Darksiders

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Dreamfall The Longest Journey

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L.A. Noire

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Legend of Grimrock

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Overlord

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