Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands

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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 DOS Title screen
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Main hall
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Save us, adventurer!
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS You found a map of one of the Zorkian realms

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
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 95 out of 100 95
Electric Games Windows 1996 94 out of 100 94
Entertainment Weekly Windows May 17, 1996 B+ 83
Gamesmania.de Windows 1996 80 out of 100 80
Gamesmania.de DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
High Score Macintosh Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
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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