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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.


Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows The cursor becomes active
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Strange place...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Completed the Conservatory; time to move to this desert planet...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The first thing you'll see there is a morgue...

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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

GameBoomers DOS 2004 A 100
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
Electric Games Windows 1996 94 out of 100 94
Online Gaming Review (OGR) Windows Jun 14, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 85 out of 100 85
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80 Windows Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70


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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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