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GOG gets Zork [something, something, eaten by a grue]

Justin McElroy

I gave Police Quest some good-natured ribbing for its antiquated presentation, but that was before I learned today's other Good Old Games addition was The Zork Anthology, which includes Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Beyond Zork, Zork Zero and Planetfall (the lone non-Zork title). Sure, you get six games for six bucks but (and I'm not making this up) they don't have any pictures. Like, none. If I was scoring the graphics, I'd give them a "None" because they don't have them. OK, Zork Zero has a graphical user interface and a couple of graphical minigames, but that's a slim part of one of the six games. That may be statistically significant in your book, but not mine. Nope, I'm sticking with no graphics.

Some of the guys on staff will chide me and say that I shouldn't disparage a hilarious, important series of games just because there are no pictures to accompany the text-based adventures. Then they'll probably say something about a grue.

They've got a point, sure ... but like, no graphics. Zilch. Six dollars may be a steal, but it's also a mighty big gamble on whether or not you still have a functioning imagination.

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