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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 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 One of the strange knights standing in the castle. How exactly can you interact with his face?..
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS This is the Conservatory! There be musical instruments here! Ahh, sweet feeling...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS I just zoomed very close onto another painting. This is the Museum - a beautiful location. Taking screenshots of everything it has would require too much space

Promo Images

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Screenshot

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 (1016)
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
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows May 07, 1996 94 out of 100 94
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1997 85 out of 100 85
Quandary DOS May, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
GameSpot Windows May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79

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