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ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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4.0
PC Booter
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2.6
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Description

The caravan of the brave adventurers heads towards Accardi-By-The-Sea, each of them motivated in his (or her) own way. The magician Frobwit is on his way to the Convention of Enchanters and Sorcerers; the lovely Acia is travelling to visit her sickly grandmother; the merchant Gurthark simply wants to sell goods; and the scout Ryker ponders the new feeling that has entered his life: love...

ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom is a direct sequel to Assault on Egreth Castle. The gameplay system is identical to that of its predecessor, retaining the player's ability to either follow the narrative from a single character's point of view, or "jump" to a new character. Thus, the player is able to re-read the story and learn new things about how the characters' different paths affected each other, as well as the outcome of the entire story.

Like in the other InfoComics, the display technology uses a 3D vector format; many scenes are scaled (like zooming on a camera lens), sacrificing detailed graphic textures colors.

Screenshots

ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom Commodore 64 Well, an ox doesn't seem that bad, I was expecting something really scary like at a fire breathing dragon, or an IRS tax audit agent.
ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom PC Booter Hmm, now would you follow the sign or not? (CGA with composite monitor)
ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom Commodore 64 Warning side effects of mushroom could include: heart burn, vomiting, cold feet, and or loss of head.
ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom Commodore 64 It's Ozark the Viking! (What a dumb name for a viking! Were the Infocom writers on strike that day or what?)

Alternate Titles

  • "ZorkQuest II: The Crystal of Doom" -- In-game title
  • "ZorkQuest 2" -- Informal Name

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Trivia

Infocomics were a huge commercial failure for a number of reasons:

  1. it wasn't really a game
  2. low CGA graphics appeal in a time when EGA was king
  3. the low pricing did not inspire quality confidence in the consumer's mind


ZorkQuest: The Crystal of Doom was released after the original 3 Infocomics flopped. Since this one was "in-the-can" it was shipped, but to save costs, only the cover art was changed, the rest of the package was the exact images from ZorkQuest: Assault on Egreth Castle.

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  • The Commodore Zone (All about the game, with introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
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