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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 Exploring a theater. This colorful leaflet is an item from your inventory - see where it can be used
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS One of the many puzzles - a strange mechanical device. Are you sure you want to stick your hand into the lion's mouth?..
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Near the temple
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS One of the more humorous, wacky locations in the game. You are navigating a tank and looking at many modern-day objects... the atmosphere changes drastically here

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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 (925)
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
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Jun 14, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1996 89 out of 100 89
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83 DOS 1996 80 out of 100 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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