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Magic is banned in the Great Underground Empire, and the Grand Inquisitor Yannick (with the kind help of Frobozz Electric) has a stranglehold on the world of Zork, establishing a totalitarian regime. According to his own words, the goal of the new state is to "shun magic, shun the appearance of magic, shun everything, and then shun shunning." Any opposing forces will be "totemized", which is apparently a rather unpleasant procedure. The player character in the game is just that - the player character: Ageless, Faceless, Gender-Neutral, Culturally-Ambiguous Adventure Person (abbreviated AFGNCAAP), as the politically correct designation by the Dungeon Master Dalboz defines him/her (it?). Naturally, it is the hero's duty to save the world by collecting a Cube of Foundation, the Skull of Yoruk, and the Coconut of Quendor, so that magic can return to the land and the Grand Inquisitor falls victim to his own shunning policies.

Zork: Grand Inquisitor is the third in the row of graphical Zork games. It utilizes the same engine as its predecessor, with first-person perspective, 180 degree camera rotation, pre-rendered backgrounds, and live actors. Compared to the previous game, it is more similar in tone to the early, predominantly humorous Zork adventures, containing plenty of references to them.

The gameplay is puzzle-oriented; most of the puzzles are inventory-based, though there are also a few that require manipulating the game's environment. Casting magical spells is an important element of the gameplay. The protagonist discovers spell scrolls and learns spells from them, which must be frequently used on objects and items to solve puzzles. The spells range from simple magic that can open locked doors to exotic variations such as "making all purple things invisible". The player can also cast spells backwards, in which case they will have an opposite effect; in the aforementioned examples, casting the reversed spells will lock a door or magically make an object visible, provided it was purple before that condition was inflicted upon it.

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Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Exploring the town of Port Foozle
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Reading the diary of an experienced wizard, who shares his thoughts of the new regime
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows This Moby Dick parody is not just a funny read - it is connected to your own adventures in a rather direct way...
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Windows Beautiful garden!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zork: Der Großinquisitor" -- German title

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User Reviews

Who is the boss of you?.. Windows Unicorn Lynx (181593)
Best graphical adventure I've ever played Windows kvn8907 (179)
Grand Finish to the Zork series Windows Scott Monster (1009)
Zork Grand Inquisitor is the Best "Intro to Adventure Game" title out there Windows Pumbaz (240)

Critic Reviews

Mega Score Windows Mar, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Game.EXE Windows Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Adventure Gamers Windows Jan 25, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Svenska PC Gamer Windows Dec, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Quandary Windows Dec, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 01, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Game Revolution Windows May 06, 2004 B 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec 03, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Adventurespiele Windows Jun 09, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Feb 08, 2002 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Activision released a DVD version of Zork: Grand Inquistor. The DVD also had the complete version of Zork: Nemesis. You could play both games without ever swapping a CD.

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