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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 I just zoomed very close onto another painting. This is the Museum - a beautiful location. Taking screenshots of everything it has would require too much space
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The game has some letters that reveal the tragic story of its mostly off-screen characters
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows This is where you start
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands DOS The game has numerous books you can find and read. This one teaches you the series' astronomical lore

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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

Challenging and Rewarding Adventure Classic with 2 Endings DOS Pumbaz (253)
Superb story and atmosphere, somewhat weaker puzzles. Windows Bizboz (6)
The best puzzle adventure I've played. Windows Rodney Mayton (19)
More like Myst than Myst. Windows Scott Monster (1009)

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers Windows Jan 05, 2004 A 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Jun 14, 1996 96 out of 100 96
High Score DOS Jul, 1996 4 out of 5 80 Macintosh Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80
High Score Macintosh Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows Apr, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot DOS May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Jun 21, 2014 4 out of 6 67
Power Play Windows May, 1996 62 out of 100 62


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