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Description

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.

Screenshots

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The temple library. These little things on the floor are non-interactive. But you should still pay close attention to the detailed graphics - you never know what might contain a clue
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Near the temple
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS One of the strange knights standing in the castle. How exactly can you interact with his face?..
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Exploring the dark corridors of the temple

Promo Images

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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

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
PC Multimedia & Entertainment DOS May 07, 1996 94 out of 100 94
PC Action Windows Apr, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly Windows May 17, 1996 B+ 83
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Quandary DOS May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Power Play DOS May, 1996 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

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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