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Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz

aka: Zork 2, Zork II: Le Magicien de Frobozz

Description official descriptions

Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz is a text adventure, a sequel to the classic first Zork. Once again, the game is set in the Great Underground Empire, but this time the main goal is to face off against the titular Wizard.

Like its predecessor, Zork II plays like any other text adventure: there are no graphics - only text - and the player types commands such as "lift cage" or "examine robot".

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Credits (Apple II version)



Game Statistics

(From The New Zork Times Vol.3 No.2 Spring 1984)

Some statistics about Zork 2: * Apparent number of rooms (those seen by the player): 81 * Number of rooms: 86 (for various arcane programming reasons, some locations are inaccessible to the player) * Number of different ways to die: 50 * Number of words in vocabulary: 628 * Number of takeable objects: 49


As was its predecessor, this game was skewered the following year (1989) by a satirical follow-up game by Bill Larkins entitled Pork 2: The Gizzard of Showbiz.


The odd phrase "the Wizard of Frobozz" of course derives from L. Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz.

(Temporary) free distribution

As part of the release of Zork Grand Inquisitor, Activision released Zork II as freeware. (Currently the links to download the game are dead at activision.com, but the game is available at numerous fan sites.)

Other trivia submissions by Belboz and Chris Mikesell

Related Games

The Zork Legacy Collection
Released 1996 on DOS, 1997 on Windows
Zork III: The Dungeon Master
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Zork Trilogy
Released 1987 on DOS, Amiga, Atari ST...
Zork: The Great Underground Empire
Released 1982 on PC Booter, DOS, 1986 on Amiga...
Released 1987 on DOS, 1992 on Amiga, 2002 on Linux...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor
Released 1997 on Windows, 2001 on Macintosh
Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction
Released 2000 on Windows
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands
Released 1996 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground
Released 1997 on Commodore 64, Macintosh, Windows

Related Sites +

  • Infocom homepage
    At this site you can find information on ALL of Infocom's interactive games, Infocom related articles, sample transcripts, InvisiClue hints, walkthroughs, maps and information on buying Infocom games today.
  • The Commodore Zone: Zork II
    introduction, images, related links and comments area.
  • The Infocom Gallery
    High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of Zork II.
  • Zork II on iFiction
    Play Zork II through your web browser!

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  • MobyGames ID: 52


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Brian Hirt.

TRS-80 CoCo added by Slik. Apple II added by Droog. Atari 8-bit, CP/M added by Kabushi. TRS-80 added by Martin Smith. Browser added by Pseudo_Intellectual. Commodore 16, Plus/4, Macintosh, Amiga added by Terok Nor. Tatung Einstein, Amstrad PCW added by Игги Друге. Amstrad CPC added by LepricahnsGold. Mainframe, PC-8000 added by vedder. Atari ST, Commodore 64 added by Belboz.

Additional contributors: nullnullnull, Dietmar Uschkoreit, Pseudo_Intellectual, mo , Игги Друге, c64fan.

Game added March 1st, 1999. Last modified April 7th, 2023.