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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 You've been imprisoned! Are you sure this is the item that will help you escape?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Your inventory. Nice arrangement - and objects can be zoomed on, too
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Hmm... Endless Fire. I wonder whether it's just one of those weird Zorkish things or a clue to a puzzle solution? Or both?..
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows This exotic bedroom belongs to the wizard Dalboz. You open your main menu above it

Promo Images

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Zork: Grand Inquisitor Screenshot
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Screenshot
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Windows Unicorn Lynx (174028)
Best graphical adventure I've ever played Windows kvn8907 (180)
Grand Finish to the Zork series Windows Scott Monster (927)

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Apr 06, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Electric Games Windows 1997 96 out of 100 96
Game Zero Windows Aug, 1998 22.5 out of 25 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Dec 05, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine Windows 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Windows Dec, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Windows Dec, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Windows Dec, 1997 68 out of 100 68
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Feb 08, 2002 6 out of 10 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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