Abandonware DOS title

Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

Zork is one of the most popular text-adventures and one of the first interactive fiction games ever created. The first Zork was developed in the seventies and ported on various platform by Infocom in the early 80s. Infocom was one of the most prolific developers of text-adventures for home computers and created memorable interactive fiction games; Zork was perhaps their most popular one.
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Main executable game file: zork1/Zork1.bat.

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There is also an abridged version, called Mini-Zork I, dated November 24, 1987. Mini-Zork was released free of charge as a promotion.

The original version published by Personal Software contained:

  • a disk 
  • a 36 page booklet
The folio edition contained also a piece of paper with the instructions.

The re-release grey box edition contained the following feelies:
  • the booklet "The Great Underground Empire: A History" by Froboz Munbar
  • an instruction manual
  • a map

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Additional info about Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

Status: abandonware

Input: keyboard

Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk

Abandonware DOS views: 35195

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