Zork I: The Great Underground Empire

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Zork I:
The Great Underground Empire
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First release 1980
Also known as Zork: The Great Underground Empire -
Part I
Developed by Infocom
Published by Activision, Personal Software
Distributed by Activision, Personal Software
Platforms Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW
Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST,
Commodore 16, Plus/4, Commodore 64,
Commodore 128, DOS, Macintosh,
PC-8000, PC-98, PC Booter, PlayStation,
Tatung Einstein, TRS-80, TRS-80 CoCo,
Resolution (unknown)
Engine ZCode, Hugo
Support Since ScummVM 2.2.0
Available for

Zork I: The Great Underground Empire is a text adventure by Infocom, and is the first game in the Zork series.

Zork I is the first third of the original Zork mainframe game.

Original mainframe game

Zork was developed on MIT's ITS operating system for the PDP-6 and PDP-10 mainframe computers. The game was developed between 1977 and 1978 and was shared on the ARPANET, the precursor of the internet.

It was created by MIT university students Dave Lebling, Bruce Daniels, Marc Blank, and Tim Anderson.


At Infocom, Mark Blank and Joel Berez developed ZIL, the Zork Implementation Language, in order to easily port Zork to multiple platforms. Zork was split into three text adventure games so that it could be released commercially on the personal computer hardware of the time. Zork I was released in 1980.

In 1996, Zork I was released for the Saturn and PlayStation with music, graphics, and sound effects. These versions were only released in Japan.

In 1999, Zork I was converted to Hugo by John Menichelli and was updated to Hugo 2.5 by Kent Tessman.

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