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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands (Windows)

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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.

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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Is he alive?!!
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Near the temple
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Save us, adventurer!
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Library

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Superb story and atmosphere, somewhat weaker puzzles. Bizboz (6) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
More like Myst than Myst. Scott Monster (924) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Rodney Mayton (19) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

Gamezilla Aug 17, 2000 95 out of 100 95
Electric Games 1996 94 out of 100 94
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Entertainment Weekly May 17, 1996 B+ 83
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Gamers Nov 05, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79
Power Play May, 1996 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

The live-action sequences in Zork Nemesis were directed by Joe Napolitano, who has directed episodes to such tv series as "Quantum Leap", "Northern Exposure", "X-Files", "Chicago Hope", "Ally McBeal", "The Practice" and "Dawson's Creek", among others.

Also, all the main actors of Zork Nemesis have extensive work background in both TV and film. Merle Kennedy (who played Alexandria in the game), for instance, appears in the 2000 film "The Perfect Storm" and Allan Kolman (Sartorius) in the 1995 "Se7en" and 1999 "My Favorite Martian".

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Alan Chan (3511) added Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands (Windows) on Dec 11, 1999
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