Zork: Grand Inquisitor

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Platforms
Critic Score User Score
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 At some point in the game, you'll be swallowed by a... leviathan? Maybe you'll need Jonas for help!..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows This exotic bedroom belongs to the wizard Dalboz. You open your main menu above it
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows This machine can make new spells! But do you know how to use it?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Solving some mechanical puzzles. You attempt to cast a spell on that valve. It doesn't seem to work

Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Windows Cor 13 (174162)
Best graphical adventure I've ever played Windows kvn8907 (180)
Grand Finish to the Zork series Windows Scott Monster (923)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Macintosh Apr 10, 2002 A 100
Mac Gamer Macintosh Dec 21, 2001 95 out of 100 95
Adventure Gamers Windows Jan 25, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Dec 05, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game industry News (GiN) Macintosh 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Adventurespiele Windows Jun 09, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Windows Dec, 1997 68 out of 100 68
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Nov 18, 1997 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

At the time of Zork: Grand Inquisitor's release, Activision was actually negotiating with studios for the possibility of a TV series set in the Zork universe. The game, while successful, didn't sell up to projections, and the TV show discussions (thankfully) were abandoned.

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