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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands

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Released
Platforms
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 You've found the private room of one of the alchemists. Hmm... let's start investigating!..
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS One of the many puzzles - a strange mechanical device. Are you sure you want to stick your hand into the lion's mouth?..
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Starting location. You can't do much here - just go straight into the temple...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows The cursor is inactive.

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 (922)
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
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1996 89 out of 100 89
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Gamers Windows Nov 05, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania Windows 1996 80 out of 100 80
Quandary Windows May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Windows May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79

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Trivia

The live-action sequences in Zork Nemesis were directed by Joe Napolitano, who has directed episodes to such tv series as "Quantum Leap", "Northern Exposure", "X-Files", "Chicago Hope", "Ally McBeal", "The Practice" and "Dawson's Creek", among others.

Also, all the main actors of Zork Nemesis have extensive work background in both TV and film. Merle Kennedy (who played Alexandria in the game), for instance, appears in the 2000 film "The Perfect Storm" and Allan Kolman (Sartorius) in the 1995 "Se7en" and 1999 "My Favorite Martian".

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