Selenitic Mazerunner

The Mazerunner

A fixed rail vehicle that Atrus designed in order to be able to explore the caverns of the Selenitic Age. It employed D'ni technology, and his sons helped him with it.[1] It is parked in the Rail Bay inside the Selenitic building.



No in-story explanation is given on how Atrus constructed the whole installation and the rails for the maze, nor for why he took the trouble to do it.

Mazerunner was designed by Chuck Carter. He was inspired for its shape from a "puff fish" (possibly Flounder) from "The Little Mermaid" his daughter was watching.[2]

In retrospect, Robyn Miller considers the maze a "bad puzzle", since it was counter-intuitive; most players failed to understand that the Mazerunner operates on sound cues, and believed that they ought to explore and map the maze, something that frustrated them.[3]

The design differs between original Myst and realMyst. In realMyst, the vehicle is more elongated, it bears a wider viewport in the front, has metal flooring instead of tile, and it is open from front to rear.


  1. Myst Soundtrack booklet
  2. Making of Myst video
  3. From Myst to Riven, p. 114