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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 The temple library. These little things on the floor are non-interactive. But you should still pay close attention to the detailed graphics - you never know what might contain a clue
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows This is where you start
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Not many people to interact with, but lots of other things...
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands Windows Zork Nemesis carries an RSAC advisory for "partial nudity".  This picture and the previous art shot are the sole reason why.  Was it good for you?

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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 (252)
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 DOS 2004 A 100
Just Adventure DOS Oct 22, 2002 A- 91
Online Gaming Review (OGR) DOS Jun 14, 1996 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1996 89 out of 100 89
Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Feb 05, 2006 4 out of 5 80 Windows Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80 Macintosh Mar 12, 2013 16 out of 20 80 Windows 1996 80 out of 100 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot DOS May 03, 1996 7.9 out of 10 79


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Nick Sagan wrote the script for this video game. Not only is he the son of the late famous astronomer Carl Sagan, but he has written several scripts for the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager".

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