Installing and Playing Zork Games
on Modern Operating Systems

Want to play Zork games but don't want to find an old computer with an old operating system?

Background

As you all know, the Zork series of games are getting older and our computers are getting less and less like the machines we originally played Zork on. That makes playing these excellent games harder as time goes on. Luckily, there's technologies to help us, all we need to do is to learn how to use them to make these classic games work. This website is a project designed to compile information about playing Zork games on as many modern operating systems as possible.

Guides for Graphical Zork Games

Desktop Operating Systems

  Windows XP/Vista/7 Linux Mac OS X
Return to Zork
(DOS version on Floppy or CD)

check mark iconGuide using ScummVM
last update: 2011-11-30

check mark iconGuide using DOSBox
last update: 2010-01-11

check mark iconGuide using ScummVM
last update: 2011-11-30

check mark iconGuide using DOSBox
last update: 2010-01-11

check mark iconGuide using ScummVM
last update: 2011-11-30

question mark iconUse DOSBox with this Mac-specific DOSBox guide.

Zork Nemesis
(Windows version on CD or ZGI DVD)

check mark iconGuide using original game
last update: 2013-11-14

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(CD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(ZGI DVD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(CD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(ZGI DVD version)

question mark iconTry WineSkin with info from Wine's AppDB listing for ZN.
Zork Nemesis
(Windows GOG version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine

check mark iconGuide using Zengine

question mark iconUse WineSkin with info from Wine's AppDB listing for ZGI.
Zork Nemesis
(DOS version on CD)
question mark iconUse DOSBox with this generic DOSBox guide. question mark iconUse DOSBox with this generic DOSBox guide. question mark iconUse DOSBox with this Mac-specific DOSBox guide.
Zork Grand Inquisitor
(Windows version on CD or DVD)

check mark iconGuide using original game
last update: 2013-11-14

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(DVD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(CD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(DVD version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine
(CD version)

question mark iconUse WineSkin with info from Wine's AppDB listing for ZGI.
Zork Grand Inquisitor
(Windows GOG version)

check mark iconGuide using Zengine

check mark iconGuide using Zengine

question mark iconUse WineSkin with info from Wine's AppDB listing for ZGI.


Mobile Operating Systems

  Android iOS WebOS
Return to Zork
(DOS version on Floppy or CD)
check mark iconGuide using ScummVM
last update: 2011-11-30
question mark iconUse ScummVM with instructions from the ScummVM wiki on your rooted iOS device. question mark iconUse ScummVM with instructions from the ScummVM wiki.
Zork Nemesis
(DOS version on CD or Windows GOG version)
question mark iconTry DosBox Turbo or aDosBox, which are versions of DOSBox for Android >= 2.2. question mark iconTry DOSPad, which is a version of DOSBox for iOS >= 4.2. question mark iconTry DOSBox for WebOS.


Guides for Zork Interactive Fiction (Text Adventures)

There are many options for playing your copies of Zork interactive fiction on almost any operating system. Below are links to some solutions, grouped by operating system.

Windows Linux Mac OS X Windows Mobile Android iPhone WebOS Palm OS Windows Phone 7 Kindle

Where to Buy Zork

Other Ways to Play

Can You Help?

I need help with the writing of and testing of these guides. If you have a game/operating system combo that is currently without a guide, please write a guide in the style of the current ones and send it in. Guides for playing the games on Mac OS X are needed most because I don't have a Mac that I can test on. I haven't tried any of these games on Windows 8 yet. Have you? Let me know. I want to make this a comprehensive resource for all Zork fans. Questions, comments or suggestions are welcome too.

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Credits

This project was created by Kevin (KM3K) of KevinBecker.net and The Zork Library. Assistance and inspiration was provided by DAT of The Zork Library, Mordack (for his original Zork Nemesis installation guide), members of The Zork Library forum and members of the Legends of Zork forum. Icons are from the Tango Project and are used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. Guides are public domain unless otherwise specified. Contact Kevin at zorkguides@gmail.com.