Title Zork Game Type Adventure Publisher Infocom Players 1 Compatibility All (intepreters available for just about anything) HD Installable Yes Submission Tom Waddington (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review Zork is probably the most famous text adventure game series of all time. Based upon the mainframe text adventure Dungeon, which was itself heavily based on Adventure, the original text adventure, its influence can be seen in every text adventure of quality since. The mainframe Dungeon game was broken into three parts which were then extended to form the commercially released Zork Trilogy. Zork certainly isn't the best adventure series of all time. A couple of the puzzles rely on chance events and it's possible to get the game into an uncompletable position. The parser isn't quite as good as it later became, lacking the handy typing shortcuts, but then if you have any sense you'll play it via the Frotz interpreter that handles them even if the game doesn't. Occasionally dodgy mechanics aside, the world of the Great Underground Empire is absorbing and usually very funny. The humour works better if you're a veteran of Infocom adventures because many of them make obscure references to the others, but even if this is your first taste of Infocom adventuring there're plenty of laughs to be had. Infocom were the masters of logical and lateral puzzling. The parser is large and flexible enough that you rarely have problems with knowing what to do but not what to type to achieve it and the descriptions are evocative and filled with clues. Even after you've completed it there are still in-jokes and comical responses to go back and find. These might not be the best games Infocom ever released, but they are surely the most important. No other text adventure has had such an effect on computer gaming. The fact that these games are currently in the process of being ported to run on the next generation of mobile telephones stands as testament to their timelessness. You can't call yourself an adventure fan until you've played Zork. Winningly, almost every Infocom text adventure is currently available in the Classic Text Adventure Masterpieces of Infocom collection from Activision. Although the CD is designed for PC and Apple Macintosh, the data files can be used with the Frotz Infocom game interpreter.