Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands (DOS)

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In the last days of the Great Underground Empire, four of the Empire's greatest Alchemists disappeared into the Forbidden Lands on the day of the Solar Eclipse, supposedly searching for the secret of the Quintessena, the Eternal Life. An imperial spy, Bivotar, was dispatched to locate them. He never returned. Now, the task has fallen onto you.

You soon discover that the Alchemists are dead, slain by a horrible demon known only as the Nemesis. You manage to get on the Nemesis' nerves, and soon find yourself allied with the spirits of the dead Alchemists, attempting to finish their work before the Nemesis can finish you. But all is not as it seems, and as you unravel the secrets of the past through old letters and ghostly flashbacks, you begin to realize the full horror of the events which transpired under the Eclipse all those years ago.

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands is a graphical first person adventure game in the style of Myst, mixing logic puzzles with live-action FMV sequences which advance the story. The player views each location from a first-person perspective, and can rotate the camera 180 degrees to get a full view of your surroundings.

Like other Zork installments, the game contains humorous elements, but in general its story and atmosphere are darker, including images and themes such as decapitated heads and human sacrifice.

Screenshots

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS This would look like a location from <moby gamegroup="King's Quest">King's Quest</moby> if it didn't have that painting on the wall...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Castle hub with a canon and a beautiful portrait of the king
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS High-tech environments feel cold and terrifying after the opulence of the castle
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS You've found the private room of one of the alchemists. Hmm... let's start investigating!..

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zork Nemesis - Les Territoires Interdits" -- French title
  • "Zork Nemesis: Das Verbotene Land" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

Just Adventure 1996 A 100
GameBoomers 2004 A 100
Just Adventure Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
PC Games (Germany) May, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
High Score Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Quandary May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Power Play May, 1996 62 out of 100 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

This game was controversial among long-time Zork fans because it disbanded with the traditional light-hearted Zork attitude and instead made a very dark world.

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Alan Chan (3476) added Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands (DOS) on Dec 11, 1999
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