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After Dark: Myst Screen Saver

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
mystscreensaver.sit (24.44 MB)
MD5: 54e17afffb1f755f4dc19f39ef717483
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
a-dark-3-prefs.sit (1.22 KB)
MD5: 3c3633a865eddb97102f9b58230e4c7a
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Myst_Screen_Saver-hybrid_CD.iso_.sit (49.07 MB)
MD5: ed8267c8f9c2747489c2df577556fca7
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (21.77 MB)
MD5: 2988714aa8daea162d836dac465beea4
For System 7.0 - 7.6
This app works with: Basilisk II,

After Dark Screen Saver modules of the game Myst. In a slide-show format. Covers all of the "Ages" in the game Myst. You can opt to install one or more or all of the modules. This was a give-away promotion. The source of this installer was from MacFormat magazine issue 40, August 1996 CD.

MD5 checksum: 54e17afffb1f755f4dc19f39ef717483 *mystscreensaver.sit

Myst_Screen_Saver-hybrid_CD.iso is a hybrid Mac/PC installer disc image sourced from the Internet Archive. includes the 249 JPEG files that are installed as part of the screen saver.

Architecture: 68k

Runs on a 68020 CPU, Mac OS 7.0 or newer. Does not run on Mac OS 9. - I wouldn't attempt it even on 8.0 or newer without updating the After Dark Engine vers. 3.0 that this installs 1st. You are probably safe to use this as is with a Mac OS from vers. 7.0 to 7.6.1

Not native PPC but will run on PPC OK given the right conditions.

Note: If you opt for the full install or install the Selenitic Tour module individually, the installer claims the image "Selene20.JPG may be damaged, use with caution", It can be safely deleted (there are over 200 images in total, you won't miss one less).

[Warning:] The After Dark Engine that gets installed is version 3.0b - I think the "b" stands for buggy. In the installation process it creates on Basilisk II (perhaps other Macs too), a corrupt Preferences file in the System Folder's Preferences Folder in its own "After Dark Preferences" folder. What happens is; after installing you need to reboot your Mac. After booting up, After Dark immediately starts and locks you out of your computer. It asks for a nonexistent password (not the provided installation password) and you have no option but to crash your Mac and start up with Extensions turned off.

The Workaround:
[a] Replace the installed corrupt Preferences with the supplied working After Dark Preferences file from the above 2nd Download link on this page, named "a-dark-3-prefs.sit". Better: Preempt the corrupt Prefs file before you install the screen saver by extracting the After Dark Prefs folder from the "a-dark-3-prefs.sit" file and placing this folder inside of your System Folder's Preferences folder.
[b] Alternatively; Install the After Dark 4.0 (Engine) from here at the Macintosh Garden. And only install the Myst Saver Modules by choosing only the modules that you want to Install. That is, don't choose a Full Install or elect to install the After Dark Engine 3 from the Myst Screen Saver Installer. This would give better compatibility with newer Mac OS's too.


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by ThinkIndifferent - 2020, March 12 - 10:50pm

Video of this screen saver:

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by ThinkIndifferent - 2017, November 21 - 8:58am

I remember we had this on our computer, it came on about 12 floppy disks.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, September 29 - 4:08am

Thanks guys. It is pretty cool, but it really needs to viewed on its intended (circa 1995) monitor range to be truly appreciated. Modern monitors are sadly too hi rez for this I think. - A 640x480 to 800x600 rez in 256 colors would be optimum here Crying

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by iig - 2010, September 28 - 3:40pm

Oh! This looks so cool and I love myst!!!!! Did they make a riven one?

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by Vitoarc - 2010, September 28 - 3:06pm

Very timely upload MG. With all the talk about Myst and Riven etc... this is a nice addition. Thanks!