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 Windows Long passages...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Nemesis is probably the least humorous Zork game. Still, wacky notices are not completely absent
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Another day, another planet. This one has a happy, "Mediterranean" feel. You peek out to sniff a bit of fresh air... and return to the gloomy reality
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Exploring a theater. This colorful leaflet is an item from your inventory - see where it can be used

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)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Brazil) DOS Jul, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameBoomers Windows Jan 05, 2004 A 100
Just Adventure DOS 1996 A 100
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 95 out of 100 95
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1996 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1996 86 out of 100 86
High Score Macintosh Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Quandary Windows May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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Nick Sagan wrote the script for this video game. Not only is he the son of the late famous astronomer Carl Sagan, but he has written several scripts for the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager".

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