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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 Castle hub with a canon and a beautiful portrait of the king
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 This would look like a location from <moby gamegroup="King's Quest">King's Quest</moby> if it didn't have that painting on the wall...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Strange place...

Promo Images

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
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 (927)
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers Windows Jan 05, 2004 A 100
GameBoomers DOS 2004 A 100
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Quandary Windows May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score Macintosh Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania.de Windows 1996 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Windows May, 1996 62 out of 100 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Aug, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

You can get a history of Zork by typing "hellosailor" (a phrase made infamous in the original Zork trilogy).

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