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Zork Series

The Zork series of games were the considered to be the best (and most popular) Interactive Fiction games. Games were being made from 1980 to 1997 for a variety of platforms (from DOS to the PSX). The games are text-based meaning no graphics at all EXCEPT for: Return to Zork, Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands, Zork Grand Inquisitor and Zork: The Undiscovered Underground. The text based ones use a system of player commands, the user has to type every last thing he wants the character to do, they are known for their intelligent text parsing engine which could could understand prepositions and conjuctions ("break window with stone" instead of simply "break window"). The graphical games are point-and-click adventures. The original Zork was a trilogy (Zork I: The Great Underground Empire, Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz, Zork III: The Dungeon Master) so the other games don't follow the same storyline (picking up exactly where the first stopped). Zork has become famous for some of its quotes, for example, the opening quote of the first Zork game, The Ungerground Empire, is one of the most famous quotes in game ("West of House You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here."). Also notable is the appearance of a "Grue, the first quote about it is another one of the game's most famous quote (" It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue."). Zork describes Grues as "The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale."
Zork was (and still is) a very popular game, fans remade Zork as a Neverwinter Nights mod using Neverwinter Night's 3D graphical engine.
The Enchanter trilogy is a trilogy was supposed to be the continuation of the Zork's original trilogy (the Enchanter game was to be named "Zork IV" but it was developed into its own trilogy in the end). Also, the game "Wishbringer: The Magic Stone of Dreams" takes place in Zork's universe. There is also a "Zork Quest" series (Zork Quest: Assault on Egreth Castle and Zork Quest: The Crystal of Doom) and a "Zork Anthology" series (Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor, Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz).
Return of Zork was the next game to be released, every game up to here was made and released by Infocom, but from then on, the games were made and released by Activision (including Return of Zork, however it was released under Infocom's label, it was the last one to be released under it thought). Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands, Zork Grand Inquisitor and Zork: The Undiscovered Underground were the last games of the Zork series (and they were the graphical ones too).

Profiles that belong to Zork

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Beyond Zork FAQs forum
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire 1980 FAQs cheats forum
Zork II 1981 FAQs forum
Zork III: The Dungeon Master 1982 FAQs forum
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground 1997 FAQs forum

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