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Together Retro: Zork

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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by jinx Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:11 am

Haven't played Zork since 06/07, so it's time for another run-through. I've loved this game since I was a kid and was a big help in teaching me reading comprehension. I adore old text based adventure games.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by emwearz Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:41 am

Don't have the patience for it anymore, much respect to anyone that does.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by Nemoide Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:21 am

I have a nice little Infocom collection for Apple II. Zork I is the only one I've actually beaten and I think I still had to look up solutions to a couple of the puzzles. I've also beaten Return to Zork for DOS, which I found to be a pretty weird game; I have no idea what the other 90s-era graphical Zork games are like, Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor.

I'll play through it again using a walkthrough, then try my hand at Zork II, Beyond Zork, and "maybe-kind-of-a-spinoff" Wishbringer! I expect to use a walkthrough for those too, but experimenting on my own first is where a lot of the fun comes from!
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by noiseredux Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:07 am

I picked up the Zork Anthology thru GOG ($6 for a lot of Zork). I've got no prior experience with this one. Should be interesting.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by MrPopo Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:36 am

This is definitely a game you want to make a map for; many times if you go NW from room A to room B you need to go E to get back to room A, not SE.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by noiseredux Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:41 am

the GOG Anthology comes with PDF map books. 8)
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by BogusMeatFactory Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:22 am

Nemoide wrote:I have a nice little Infocom collection for Apple II. Zork I is the only one I've actually beaten and I think I still had to look up solutions to a couple of the puzzles. I've also beaten Return to Zork for DOS, which I found to be a pretty weird game; I have no idea what the other 90s-era graphical Zork games are like, Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor.

I'll play through it again using a walkthrough, then try my hand at Zork II, Beyond Zork, and "maybe-kind-of-a-spinoff" Wishbringer! I expect to use a walkthrough for those too, but experimenting on my own first is where a lot of the fun comes from!


Return to Zork is definitely an odd duck, an odd duck that I enjoyed. With Zork Nemesis, you have a very grim, gritty, disturbing game with almost zero humor. It goes against the traditional Zork ideas, but does so wonderfully. It is a good story and an interesting puzzle game. It is worth playing. With Grand Inquisitor, you go back to the humor. Lots of jokes, very funny and engaging, great voice acting and actors. It was a lot of fun.

I have already beaten Zork before, but it is time to bust out the old notebook and see if I can do it again. And yes, if you don't have a map already for it, make one. It will be very difficult to get around without one.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by ExedExes Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:12 pm

noiseredux wrote:I picked up the Zork Anthology thru GOG ($6 for a lot of Zork). I've got no prior experience with this one. Should be interesting.

Yup. Also got it from there. Came with a LOT of stuff too. I remember reading about this in the 80s, and played it for all of 5 minutes then. I hope this thread will have some activity.
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Re: Together Retro: Zork

by jinx Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:46 am

MrPopo wrote:This is definitely a game you want to make a map for; many times if you go NW from room A to room B you need to go E to get back to room A, not SE.

Yup. I think I'll be using pen and paper this time around. Last time I used a print-out I found online.
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