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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.

Screenshots

Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS You can visit the planets in any order. I decided to save this one for last - an icy world...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Zoom everywhere you can - you never know where you'll find clues to puzzles or just interesting info. As the cursor implies, you can take the torch
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS This would look like a location from <moby gamegroup="King's Quest">King's Quest</moby> if it didn't have that painting on the wall...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS Nemesis is probably the least humorous Zork game. Still, wacky notices are not completely absent

Promo Images

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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 (929)
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers DOS 2004 A 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
Quandary Windows May, 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
GameSpot DOS May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1996 70 out of 100 70
Power Play DOS May, 1996 62 out of 100 62
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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Trivia

This game was controversial among long-time Zork fans because it disbanded with the traditional light-hearted Zork attitude and instead made a very dark world.

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