I've worked in the Zork wiki, I wrote a few articles there last year. Fortunately it helped supply the compendium with a few pieces of information about Legends of Zork, coming from a person (me) who has brought 5 characters over level 44; I have studied most of the lore from that particular version.
I have mixed feelings about the re-release of the text games though. Are those issued by Activision, or did Activision just simply sold part of the rights to certain people like Jolt, for them to sell a few games and do whatever they wanted with the information?
I mean I dunno if I make any sense. Just that it seems LoZ is already on it's way to being shelved... and it seems the only thing from Activision in the LoZ game is the logo at the bottom of the page. To be specific, yes they follow a lot of the original Zork canon, I must say they did pretty good; specially on quests. But wished somehow Activision would be involved, this way Jolt wouldn't do whatever they want with the LoZ game (which indeed they are).
Already many people from the game have left, to never return! Ok, the game is LESS than 2 years old and it's already going down? A Zork based game? Am I delusional? I thought Jolt would do better than this, there is no future for it unless they iron some of the old game bugs and introduce new material, and how about those 2 Double Fanucci cards that never worked? Jester and Grue?
I am sorry to have completely gone off topic here, I am happy to see something like this but if this is just another smaller company attempting to get rich with the Zork history I can't help but feel appalled! Also isn't this like the third re-release of these games? Whatever happened to new Zork games?
I guess I'm just not happy about the fact that this is not a NEW, never before seen Zork game. Also I have a Mac so it wouldn't do me any good to download them. But for others who can, I mean, I am happy and I hope it works out great. Not that all the loyal Zork fans haven't already played these games in DOSBOX...
I hope this doesn't bother anyone, apologies guys, just not my day