Updated: 01/31/2019 by Computer Hope

Riven overview

RivenType: Adventure
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Release Date: 10/29/1997
Developer: Cyan
Publisher: Red Orb Entertainment

Riven is the much anticipated sequel to the very popular game Myst. Like Myst, Riven brings the world back to life with stunning graphics, animations, sound, and the following features.

  • 4,000 breathtaking images.
  • Three hours of astonishing animation.
  • Unprecedented graphic depth and detail.
  • Two hours of alluring music and sound effects.
  • Immerse, multi-track sound.

If you have a DVD drive in your computer, we highly recommend you purchase the DVD version of this game, as it allows you to not have to switch the CDs, making the game much more enjoyable.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 95 or Windows 98
Processor: Intel Pentium 100 MHz
Intel Pentium 166 MHZ for DVD version
Memory: 16 MB RAM
Graphics Card: SVGA graphics, 256-colors capable, 640 x 480 resolution or higher
Must support DirectX
DirectX: DirectX 5.0
Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
Must support DirectX
Hard Drive Space: 75 MB
82 MB for DVD version
DVD Drive for DVD version
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Multiplayer: n/a


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D'ni Number Breakdown

To break many of the puzzles in Riven, the player needs to have an understanding of the D'ni number system. You will find the first 6 of these numbers in the school that is accessed through the submarine in the jungle island. Additional information on how to access this is available in our Riven walkthrough.

Below is a helpful chart with each of the D'ni numbers and the breakdown for each of them.

D'ni number system breakdown

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