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Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Windows)

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Magic is banned in the Great Underground Empire, and the Grand Inquisitor Yannick (with the kind help of Frobozz Electric) has a stranglehold on the world of Zork, establishing a totalitarian regime. According to his own words, the goal of the new state is to "shun magic, shun the appearance of magic, shun everything, and then shun shunning." Any opposing forces will be "totemized", which is apparently a rather unpleasant procedure. The player character in the game is just that - the player character: Ageless, Faceless, Gender-Neutral, Culturally-Ambiguous Adventure Person (abbreviated AFGNCAAP), as the politically correct designation by the Dungeon Master Dalboz defines him/her (it?). Naturally, it is the hero's duty to save the world by collecting a Cube of Foundation, the Skull of Yoruk, and the Coconut of Quendor, so that magic can return to the land and the Grand Inquisitor falls victim to his own shunning policies.

Zork: Grand Inquisitor is the third in the row of graphical Zork games. It utilizes the same engine as its predecessor, with first-person perspective, 180 degree camera rotation, pre-rendered backgrounds, and live actors. Compared to the previous game, it is more similar in tone to the early, predominantly humorous Zork adventures, containing plenty of references to them.

The gameplay is puzzle-oriented; most of the puzzles are inventory-based, though there are also a few that require manipulating the game's environment. Casting magical spells is an important element of the gameplay. The protagonist discovers spell scrolls and learns spells from them, which must be frequently used on objects and items to solve puzzles. The spells range from simple magic that can open locked doors to exotic variations such as "making all purple things invisible". The player can also cast spells backwards, in which case they will have an opposite effect; in the aforementioned examples, casting the reversed spells will lock a door or magically make an object visible, provided it was purple before that condition was inflicted upon it.


Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows You've been imprisoned! Are you sure this is the item that will help you escape?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows You meet a... err... passenger in one of the Underground stations. He seems to be an avid reader...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows The University is gorgeous. And I think I've seen it somewhere before...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows At some point in the game, you'll be swallowed by a... leviathan? Maybe you'll need Jonas for help!..

Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Cor 13 (174226) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Best graphical adventure I've ever played kvn8907 (180) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
Grand Finish to the Zork series Scott Monster (922) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Apr 06, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Apr 10, 2002 A 100
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker Dec, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 05, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Game Revolution May 06, 2004 B 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75


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Activision released a DVD version of Zork: Grand Inquistor. The DVD also had the complete version of Zork: Nemesis. You could play both games without ever swapping a CD.

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Swordmaster (130) added Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Windows) on Jul 14, 2000
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