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Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Windows)

Teen
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82
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows This machine can make new spells! But do you know how to use it?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Your first spellcasting assignment - opening a door!
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows I wonder if I need this card to travel to those... interesting destinations?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows You'l meet many funny creatures in this game

Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Cor 13 (174145) 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 (923) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Jeux Nov, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Joker Dec, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 05, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Dec, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1997 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Dec 03, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 18, 1997 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

As part of the the release of Zork Grand Inquisitor, Activision released Zork II and Zork III (and re-released Zork I) as freeware. They also released a new all-text Zork adventure called "Zork: The Undiscovered Underground" by Marc Blank and Mike Berlyn. Z:TUU is still available for download at http://activision.com/games/zgi/atrium/gameroom/copy2.html (Although links to download the other Zork games do exist at activision.com, they are dead; but the games are available at numerous fan sites.)

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Swordmaster (130) added Zork: Grand Inquisitor (Windows) on Jul 14, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Jeanne (75483)