Hi, after reading your great responses to Martin's cool thread about why we/you love Myst so much, I got curious as to what your favorite and least favorite puzzles are.
I'm always curious about this because the responses usually provide a reminder of how VARIED the myst audience is and how rich the games are because the SAME puzzles can make people experience totally different things!
Personally, one of my favorites was the reaching the roof of the mechanical Age in Myst. The thing I loved about Myst is that the Ages were relatively small and you could wrap your head around an Age and carry it with you in your during the rest of the day to think about possible solutions for puzzles. It so happened that I couldn't quite figure out how to get up on the roof (elevator was in the way) and I was thinking and thinking (on the bus, in the shower, etc, etc). And then, at night, I dreamed (dreamed or dreamt?) about the game and about possible solutions. And then IN my dream, the answer came to me! I was so excited and then, boom, I woke up. But I could remember the dream and I could remember the solution, so I jumped out of bed, turned on the game and "voila", it worked!!! I was very excited and totally impressed that a game could do that to me!
As for my least favorite, I would say closing the door in Ghen's lab in Riven. I NEVER thought of doing that (cause you never have to do it with any other doors in the game) and I was LESS then impressed when I finally gave up (after 2 days) and finally resigned to search for a hint... Very frustrating (but Memorable nonetheless! ) moment for me.