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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
83
3.9
Macintosh
...
1.6
Windows
83
3.9
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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 High-tech environments feel cold and terrifying after the opulence of the castle
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The first thing you'll see there is a morgue...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Movies with live actors advance the story
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...

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 (924)
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)

The Press Says

PC Player (Brazil) DOS Jul, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 95 out of 100 95
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 85 out of 100 85
Entertainment Weekly Windows May 17, 1996 B+ 83
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Windows May, 1996 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

Father Malveaux may seem familiar to you. He's played by William Morgan Sheppard, who's made many appearances on various TV shows. His filmography can be found at "http://us.imdb.com/Name?Sheppard,+William+Morgan"

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