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Zork: The Great Underground Empire

Critic Score User Score
TRS-80 CoCo
Commodore 16, Plus/4

User Reviews

Zork?!? Zork What? Zork you too, pal. DOS rs2000 (15)
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a great game here. DOS Steelysama (106)
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue. DOS vedder (20289)
The most eclectic and interesting of the series DOS Colin Rowsell (45)
A great introduction to interactive fiction. DOS Mirrorshades2k (273)
The one that stated it all for Infocom DOS Tony Van (2687)
But there's no such thing as a grue Macintosh *Katakis* (37871)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 7 2.9
Amstrad CPC 5 3.0
Amstrad PCW Awaiting 1 votes...
Apple II 14 3.5
Atari 8-bit 6 3.2
Atari ST 7 3.0
Browser 6 3.1
Commodore 16, Plus/4 2 3.3
Commodore 64 11 3.4
DOS 63 3.8
Macintosh 7 3.4
PC-98 3 3.6
PC Booter 15 3.8
Tatung Einstein Awaiting 1 votes...
TRS-80 6 3.2
TRS-80 CoCo 2 4.5
Combined User Score 154 3.5

Critic Reviews

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The last (alphabetical) member of Techtite's List of Top 50 Multimedia Classics, is also the best. This was the game to put adventure gaming on the map. While some of the puzzle strength was in finding out what --if anything-- the text parser would allow you to type in as a command, the story was inspired and thought-provoking.
DOSAdventure Classic Gaming
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (or Zork: The Great Underground Empire) is the original Zork game that starts it all. Back in the era of interactive fiction, everybody is writing games that try to compare to it but most fail miserably. Since then, this game has risen to become the poster child of text adventure.
Strictly speaking, Zork I wasn't the very first adventure game, I think Colossal Cave preceded it and maybe a couple of others did too, but, to the best of my knowledge, it was the first commercial success. It certainly played a huge role in spawning all the games we enjoy today and, even after 10 years or more, it is still a very good game and will guarantee you hours and hours of fun and frustration.
Commodore 64Zzap!
Zork is packed full of excitement and atmospheric descriptions, some superb fight sequences, responses and above all a very wide vocabulary. Puzzles are numerous, tough and sometimes humorous and overall make this a difficult and enjoyable adventure to crack.
Apple IIRetrogaming.it
I meriti di questo software furono molteplici: dimostrò l’efficacia dei computer nella narrazione di racconti interattivi, migliorò la diffusione e la reputazione delle avventure testuali e fece la fortuna della sua casa produttrice Infocom che ci avrebbe regalato, in futuro, altre perle di fantasia.
AmigaAmiga Action
Using all your cunning and courage, delve deep below the surface of the earth in search of the incomparable Treasures of Zork.
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Der Feinschliff zwischen Puzzle-Frust und Adventure-Lust war derart ausgetüftelt, daß Infocom auf eine treue Fangemeinde zählen konnte. Der Parser, sonst ein nörgeliges Zwei-Wort-System, ließ selbst komplexe Eingaben ohne große Murren zu - das und ein Wortschatz von bis zu 300 Begriffen galt damals als kleine Sensation.
Playing Zork I now is indeed worthwhile, both to see how far IF has come and to appreciate its origins, despite the annoyances. It is a credit to its design that it remains an enjoyable game, well worth its popularity.