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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 Windows Inside
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS One of the more humorous, wacky locations in the game. You are navigating a tank and looking at many modern-day objects... the atmosphere changes drastically here
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Zoom everywhere you can - you never know where you'll find clues to puzzles or just interesting info. As the cursor implies, you can take the torch
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Zork Nemesis carries an RSAC advisory for "partial nudity".  This picture and the previous art shot are the sole reason why.  Was it good for you?

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 (923)
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
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Entertainment Weekly Windows May 17, 1996 B+ 83
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Windows May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
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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