Looney, I know what you mean and agree. I think that that's why I didn't like the Myst series. Lovely graphics and great "rides" on their roller coasters, but the game drove me nuts and I had to keep a walkthrough close at hand...which I don't like to do. Linear games tend to point you in the direction you should go. You can still wander around, but you can't progress in the game until you've completed certain tasks.