'ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire' under Virtual PC

'ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire' under Virtual PC

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Zork would have to be one of the all time greatest text adventure games.  One of the greatest things about the Zork series is that it is based on the Zork books - which themselves are 'interactive fiction' - in that you get to make decisions as you read that affect the outcome of the story.  Reading the books can actually provide valuable insight as to how to successfully complete the game. (UPDATE: Apparently I got the chronology wrong here - and the books are actually based off of the game.  Either way they make a great companion set)

One of the best known quotes from Zork is 'It is pitch black.  You are likely to be eaten by a grue. These days it seems kind of tame - but I can still remember being terrified when this text was on the screen :-)

'ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire' under Virtual PC   'ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire' under Virtual PC   'ZORK I: The Great Underground Empire' under Virtual PC

You can download a copy of Zork and relive the experience from here.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • >One of the greatest things about
    >the Zork series is that it is based
    >on the Zork books - which themselves
    >are 'interactive fiction' - in that
    >you get to make decisions as you read
    >that affect the outcome of the story.

    Reverse that; the books were written by Steven Meretzsky and were based on the Zork games.

    The game itself was inspired by Adventure. Dave Lebling wrote a command parser, and, while he was on vacation, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Tim Anderson wrote an early incomplete version of Zork, that later evolved into the three games commercially released by Infocom. See:

    http://www.csd.uwo.ca/Infocom/Articles/NZT/zorkhist.html
  • Another great thing about Infocom games is that they're written in platform-independent bytecode; you just need an interpreter for your platform. So rather than running Infocom's DOS interpreter, you can use a Windows one like Windows Frotz and get something like this:

    http://www.seasip.info/Misc/frotz.png

    You can get Windows Frotz at

    http://www.d.kinder.btinternet.co.uk/frotz.html

    Interpreters also exist for Mac, Linux, PalmOS, WindowsCE, Java, BeOS, OS/2, Amiga, RISC OS, GEM, Emacs...

    http://www.inform-fiction.org/zmachine/interpreters.html
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