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Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands

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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 Attempting to use a violin on a strange crystal formation in a cave. I don't think that will work... keep looking, keep trying
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The game has numerous books you can find and read. This one teaches you the series' astronomical lore
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 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

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

GameBoomers Windows Jan 05, 2004 A 100
GameBoomers DOS 2004 A 100
PC Player (Brazil) DOS Jul, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
Gamezilla Windows Aug 17, 2000 95 out of 100 95
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play DOS May, 1996 62 out of 100 62

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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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