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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.


Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Every planet you travel to contains one large location. You can leave it for a while and walk outside. This planet has ominous skies and lava
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS You find a strange device with some symbols as you take a stroll outside, enjoying the view of the mountains...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS ...a telescope. And that's what you can see if you use it
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS High-tech environments feel cold and terrifying after the opulence of the castle

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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot

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. Windows Bizboz (6)
More like Myst than Myst. Windows Scott Monster (1014)
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure DOS 1996 A 100
PC Player (Brazil) DOS Jul, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows May 07, 1996 94 out of 100 94
Just Adventure Macintosh Apr 11, 2002 A- 91
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 85 out of 100 85 Windows Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
High Score Macintosh Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80 DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
Quandary DOS May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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This 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.

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