Remember Space Jam? Remember Star Fox? Remember those treasures locked away in a dusty vault of nostalgia? Well we’re here to pull them out again, because let’s face it some of us college students are poor and can’t afford the new game or movie ticket.
Within the dark recesses of the vault, behind all of the story driven games that are very popular today, is the excellence of “Zork”.
“Zork” is a text adventure (basically an interactive novel) released in 1977 by Personal Software in full, and later, commercially in 1980 by Infocom and Activision, for the Personal Computer. When it was released commercially, it was split into three different games; “The Great Underground Empire”, “The Wizard of Frobozz”, and “The Dungeon Master”.
With how old this game is, and the lack of graphics, why should you bother playing this game? Here’s why!
Zork is Interesting
If you’re looking for a massive adventure game with lots of different ways to complete the story, here’s the game for you! You input simple commands to explore your surroundings, which are fully described as you enter each place. Once you
enter the dungeon, there are many different routes you can take, and different creatures and characters you can encounter and interact with in different ways.
Makes You Think!
I know what you’re thinking. You’re in college, swamped with more than enough work that makes you think, but “Zork” makes you think it a different way that any video gamer would find fun. There are many different puzzles you have to solve
in order to reach the goal of finding all twenty of the treasures in order to gain the title “Dungeon Master”, as well as figuring out where to go just based off of the information the game gives you.
Originally developed on and for a super computer, “Zork” is a fun game that drags you into the bowls of its story, both literally in the fact that it’s about an underground empire, and figuratively with how interesting it is. Even if you’re not a big gamer, this game is perfect for those who love to read.
Also, if you input a command that the game doesn’t recognize, “Zork” will respond with a snarky comment, adding comedy to the gaming experience!