Abandonware DOS title

Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

Infocom released Zork I: The Great Underground Empire in the year 1982; it's an old fantasy adventure game, part of the Zork series. Zork I: The Great Underground Empire is abandonware, runs on DOS and can be played in single player mode. It's available for download.
Zork I: The Great Underground Empire screenshot
Rating: 3.96
(76 votes)
"This game is perfect for all fans of text adventure who have yet to experience the magic of Zork. Not only can you have fun playing this game, you can also learn a lot about how the history of interactive fiction and how the adventure genre has since evolved. Zork I: The Great Underground Empire is a must for any text adventure fan, new or experienced. If you have not played Zork, you simply do not know what you have missed!" - Adventure Classic Gaming

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Additional info

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The original version of Zork I was published by Personal Software and simply called Zork. It was distributed in clear plastic bags containing only the game disk and a 36-page booklet. Infocom's first "self-published" version of Zork I was in the so-called "Folio" format which included a single piece of paper describing how to run the game. The feelies noted above were only introduced when Zork I was re-released in the "Grey box" format.

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

A Japanese version was released for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in 1996. This Japanese version includes graphics, sound effects, music, and auto-mapping. Of course, it was only released in Japan.

Fans remade Zork I as a 3d game using the Neverwinter Nights game engine. The remake is titled Zork I: The Great Underground Empire.

players: single player

input: keyboard

distribution: 5,25 floppy disk

graphics: 80 columns text

Abandonware DOS views: 6088

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