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Return to Zork
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Release dates
DOS August 20, 1993
Mac OS (Classic) August 20, 1993
Windows (DOSBox) February 1, 2011[1]
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Zork: The Great Underground Empire 1980
Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz 1981
Zork III: The Dungeon Master 1982
Enchanter 1983
Sorcerer 1984
Spellbreaker 1985
Wishbringer 1985
Beyond Zork 1987
Zork Zero 1988
Return to Zork 1993
Zork Nemesis 1996
Zork: The Undiscovered Underground 1997
Zork: Grand Inquisitor 1997

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

"Official" developer fan site
Zork Wiki - A small wiki for every Zork game made
Return to Zork Bug List Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Pre-packaged with DOSBox.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.2 is the latest patch for the CD version of the game. The version does not need this patch.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/585240/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/585240/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.


Graphics settings ( version)
Graphics settings ( version)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
CD-ROM version only; see ScummVM readme for how to use with ScummVM.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 386 25 MHz
System memory (RAM) 1 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA/SVGA graphics card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68030 25 MHz
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 MB
Video card (GPU) Colour system


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/585240/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (585240) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.