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Zork: Grand Inquisitor

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Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
86
3.0
Windows
82
3.9
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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 Manipulating an electric coded message. This is the result. But is this what you wanted?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows You die significantly less here than in earlier Zorks - but it can still happen, and you are rewarded with a funny message
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Playing a strip rock-paper-scissors variant with Jack
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows The Underground Empire

Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Windows Cor 13 (172557)
Best graphical adventure I've ever played Windows kvn8907 (180)
Grand Finish to the Zork series Windows Scott Monster (924)

The Press Says

Just Adventure Windows Apr 10, 2002 A 100
Mac Gamer Macintosh Dec 21, 2001 95 out of 100 95
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Game industry News (GiN) Macintosh 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Dec 05, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 03, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Nov 18, 1997 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Zork: Grand Inquisitor received an 88% rating from PC Gamer magazine (May 1998; reviewed by Michael Wolf). It was also honored as an “Editor’s Choice.”

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