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Riven - Jungle Island Map

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This is the finished Jungle Island map for the game Riven. I'm sure some of you have played it ages ago. It is for my Myst Book Project which you can find here: [link]

You can also follow the progress of the book(s) via Twitter: [link] and via Tumblr: [link]
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Tapejara's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I honestly can't find anything wrong with this artwork. As someone who has played Riven several times before, seeing this in the thumbnails got me really excited. Sure, the way it was drawn doesn't make it look like it was based on a photograph seen from above, but I am completely fine with that. That cartoon-ish look of it makes it easier to to observe the more important details. The dull color of the rocks really fits the idea of Riven being a dying world. The patches of blue used to represent the lake and the ocean make it look like this was truely drawn on a large stone. What I especially like about this map is how it made me aware of little details that the game itself could not make me aware of, like how the Moiety Cave is hidden below the trees, which completely makes sense since there is high volcanic activity there necessary for the water device. In any case, this is an excellent tribute to the MYST games. 20/20 stars.
JonasEklundh's avatar
Thanks a lot for the very kind words! The map isn't based on a photograph, it is drawn free hand based on the outline from the grid/marble puzzle and some references online. The only things not drawn by hand are the pathways which were done in illustrator and then incorporated into the PSD file since I liked the straight and clean lines a bit more.

Again, thanks :)
MaxxyKraft's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Riven wan't that "SUPER, FIRST-PERSON, METAL GEAR!!!!" game that everyone loved. It was a vision, it was to confuse you, and make you THINK. I'd be pretty scared and unmanageable if I was dropped on an island, stuck in a cage, and an assassin kills some guy who takes your book. I mean, when look at this game, your not looking at some mystery-game or a 3D world of wonder. You're at both. This game was so great, you had to think like an archaeologist. For example; the sacrifice ring is a puzzle, a person would sit on the tight rope, pulled down, a trap door opens, a man at the bottom uses a machine to disturb the monster, then the monster comes up and eats the man. The world it self is a mystery to unravel, and an expedition into pure science fiction.
JonasEklundh's avatar
Sounded more like critique of the game than of the image :)
MaxxyKraft's avatar
I just LOVE that game!
Jyellowstudio's avatar
Man this is such an awesome map! :D I gotta say, you are very talented. :D

If its alright to ask, is there any tutorials on making maps? :3 I'm personally am practicing on drawing maps, though I usually have hard times drawing the areas and stuff like adding trees or adding flat lands onto hills of mountain. XD
JonasEklundh's avatar
Thank you for the kind words! I once did a quick "tutorial" but I don't think it's very good, and far from exhaustive. But it shows a bit about how I am using the tools for my maps: mystbook.net/pages/progress/20…
Jyellowstudio's avatar
Ah, thank you. :)

And it's my pleasure. :) keep up the good work.
Tapejara's avatar
This map taught me more than that device on plateau island.
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Jinggo78's avatar
Wish I had this on my wall when I was playing this game a few years ago. Very good!
akalest0s's avatar
Great Job mate. I have similar plans in plain pen-n-paper version. Cool.
Hoogerman's avatar
If I wasn't seeing it for myself right before me now I wouldn't believe the level of detail in this! Outstanding!
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kkeman's avatar
Great! :D I love this game so much.
Lord-Cephas's avatar
Hey this is great and I like the colours you've used.
Is that grid the annoying marble puzzle too. :XD:
JonasEklundh's avatar
Thank you! Yeah, the grid correlates to the puzzle :)
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