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7 January 2007

Zork 2: The Wizard of Frobozz

 in 1983,Adventure,Zork — Marrsy

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Zork 2 is a continuation of the story from.. yes, you guessed it, Zork 1. I should point out here that although the series should be played in order, each part is independant of the rest, so you no experience of the first 2 games is needed to play Zork 3 for example.

The story : arrying on from the first game, you are exploring a region of the underground empire ruled by the powerfull (and senile) Wizard of Frobozz. Your goal? To deftat the wizard and gain control of his powers.

Almost everything that I wrote about parser and appearance for Zork 1 applies to Zork 2. Of the game’s faults I think the review on The Adventure Collective says it best :

Zork II has long been regarded as one of the most difficult game in the Zork series. The puzzles are devious, and clues are too scarce. The game also suffers two fundamental flaws in adventure game design–the “resurrection” fallacy and the “dead-end” fallacy. The resurrection fallacy states that an adventure game must never require the player to die or fail in the game in order to gain information that is subsequently required during the replay to complete it. Many puzzles, such as the ones involving the “dehydration” cakes, the brick, and the “shrinking” candy, are examples in which the solutions must either be guessed or deduced only after the player makes an incorrect choice and fail to complete the game.

In contrast, the dead-end fallacy refers to any situation whereby the player cannot finish a game because a puzzle or an item has been missed which the player now no longer can access. This leads the player down the long path of a dead-end. The player must then restore to an older saved game to replay the key sequences. Puzzles, such as the ones involving the red sphere, the “dehydration” cakes, the “shrinking” candy, and the matches, are such examples.

Personaly I prefer the first game in the trilogy to this one, but it’s still worth the 10 seconds that it’ll take for you to download it.

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Zork 2: The Wizard of Frobozz

  • Published by: Infocom
  • Designed by: Infocom

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