DescriptionIn 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.
- "Zork Nemesis - Les Territoires Interdits" -- French title
- "Zork Nemesis: Das Verbotene Land" -- German title
Part of the Following Groups
|Superb story and atmosphere, somewhat weaker puzzles.||Bizboz (6)|
|More like Myst than Myst.||Scott Monster (922)|
|The best puzzle adventure I've played.||Rodney Mayton (19)|
The Press Says
|Coming Soon Magazine||Jun 14, 1996||96 out of 100||96|
|Gamezilla||Aug 17, 2000||95 out of 100||95|
|Game Revolution||Jun 05, 2004||B+||83|
|Entertainment Weekly||May 17, 1996||B+||83|
|Gamesmania||1996||80 out of 100||80|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||1996||80|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Mar 12, 2013||16 out of 20||80|
|GameSpot||May 03, 1996||7.9 out of 10||79|
|Power Play||May, 1996||62 out of 100||62|
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TriviaThis 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.
Related Web Sites
- Set up for Windows XP (by Inferno)
- UHS Hints for Zork Nemisis (The best site for gradual hints to help you solve this and many other games without spoiling the whole game.)
- Zarf's Review (A rather Mac-centric review of The Forbidden Lands by Andrew Plotkin (July, 1996).)