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Saturday, March 10, 2018


Play the great text adventure game Zork!

Ubuntu Linux users are lucky as I have all the files and instructions available. will be first, then I will attempt to help if you want to play Zork on Windows.

Zork is one of the earliest interactive fiction computer games, with roots drawn from the original genre game Colossal Cave Adventure. The first version of Zork was written between 1977 and 1979 using the MDL programming language on a DEC PDP-10 computer. The authors—Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling—were members of the MIT Dynamic Modelling Group.

When Zork was published commercially, it was split up into three games: Zork: The Great Underground Empire - Part I (later known as Zork I), Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz, and Zork III: The Dungeon Master.

You will need frotz (Frotz is an interpreter for Infocom games and other Z-machine games. It complies with standard 1.0 of Graham Nelson's specification. It was written by Stefan Jokisch in 1995-1997. It was ported to Unix by Galen Hazelwood. Currently the Unix port is being developed and maintained by David Griffith. The Unix port is also the canonical core version upon which all other ports are based. )

Opent a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install frotz

Then you will need the Zork games themselves. You can get them here. In my case, I have saved the zork directories in ~/games/zork1 .. /zork2 .. /zork3

To launch the game type:

frotz ~/games/zork1/DATA/ZORK1.DAT

frotz ~/games/zork2/DATA/ZORK2.DAT

frotz ~/games/zork3/DATA/ZORK3.DAT

Type any of the three you wish to play into Terminal. That's all there is to it! Enjoy!

Windows users can get frotz here
You can get Zork for Windows

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