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FAQ/Walkthrough by DKW
Version: Final | Updated: 08/24/01
Date: August 23, 2001 Version: Final E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ********* ******* ******** *** *** ***************** ********* ********* ********* *** *** ***************** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****** *** *** *** *** *** *** ********* ***** *** *** *** *** *** *** ******** ***** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ********* ********* *** *** *** *** ***************** ********* ******* *** *** *** *** ***************** "It all comes down to this." Complete walkthrough written by Darrell Wong (DKW 001). ============================================================================= OBLIGATORY BORING DISCLAIMERS - I wrote this walkthrough as a service to fellow gamers who need help with this game. I gave this FAQ to GameFAQs and nowhere else, and everything on their site is free for the viewing. So if anyone tries to sell you this walkthrough, don't pay a cent. And DEFINITELY never never ever try to claim it as your own and sell it. That's plagiarism, you can get into serious trouble for it, and the risk of that is definitely not worth whatever laughable pittance you could get for my works. The Zork trilogy and everything related to it is copyrighted by Infocom. All rights reserved. WHERE TO GET THIS GAME - This game is "abandonware", meaning that it is no longer commercially produced. You can download it freely from www.gamingdepot.com. (There are other sites, but I think this one's the most reliable.) You'll also want the instructions, which are available at Infodoc.plover.net/manuals/index.html. INTRODUCTION - I never got anywhere with this game. I remember playing this on an old portable PC. It wasn't easy under the best of circumstances, but not knowing what to do was killer. I never even saw about a quarter of the game (which is astonishing when you consider how small an area it is). Etc., etc...well, can't think of anything more to add. Enjoy the walkthrough! :-) OBJECTIVE - After a long tumble down the Endless Stairs, you arrive at the final part of your adventure. You've made it to the deepest, most mysterious part of the Great Underground Empire, where no adventurer has ever set foot before. This is the domain of the Dungeon Master, a much more crafty and subtle adversary than the thief or wizard. While he won't reveal himself to you, he will test you several times during your explorations...perhaps without you even realizing it. You will need a sound mind as well as a strong body to meet his challenges. Prove yourself worthy, and a wondrous reward awaits you at the end. Fail, and you may never again see the light of day... This game is quite different from the previous two. Collecting treasures and defeating a persistent enemy are *not* your main tasks. In fact, you will collect only one treasure in the entire game. As you progress through the Dungeon Master's land, he will give you various tests. He won't tell you when; part of the challenge is realizing when this is happening. As you complete these tests, you'll gradually accumulate items which serve as proof of your worthiness. You must get them all, then confront the Dungeon Master at his inner sanctum. There, the final test awaits. At least one of your tests is nearly impossible, so be prepared. There are only 7 points to earn this time (and no ranks), and you will reach that plateau long before finishing the game. So don't worry about your score...only your ultimate success or failure matters. GENERAL TIPS - Death is a much lesser threat in this game than it was in the last two, but it's still a good idea to save at least once in a while. There are quite a few areas where doing the wrong thing will make the game impossible to finish, and you probably won't even know until much later. In fact, if you're new to this game, it's probably advisable to have several save games, so if you inadvertently save *after* blundering...believe me, it happens... you can go back to an earlier point. Darkness isn't a problem at all in this game...if you follow the walkthrough. As always, spend no more than one move in darkness and you'll stay out the grues' clutches. Don't worry about being weighed down. All of the items are quite light, and a few of them are wearable (and thus don't count against your eight-item limit). You will almost never have to drop anything. That's pretty much it. Again, this is a *much* different game than the last two, so the best advice is to just follow the walkthrough. Really. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- COMPLETE WALKTHROUGH - [Notes: For convenience, I use abbreviations for all directions, including up (U) and down (D). I've included location notes so you know where you're supposed to be. As with most text adventures of the Infocom era, many commands have to be typed in precisely to work (one of the main raps against the genre). This is especially true for enter/exit commands and using items. My walkthrough is designed to minimize the dangers and get all the tasks accomplished as quickly and smoothly as possible. There aren't that many areas to visit and a few tasks have to be done in a certain order anyway, so you may as well stick with it. As always, feel free to look around, although there isn't really all that much to see here that isn't vital to your quest.] As the game begins, you receive visions about the events leading up to your tumble down the Endless Stairs and the challenges that lie ahead of you. You then receive a short greeting from a mysterious old man. This is, of course, the Dungeon Master, and it looks like he just threw down the gauntlet. With that, the final stage of your grand adventure begins. You begin at the foot of the endless stairs, where, once again, that good 'ol brass lantern has somehow found its way to you. GET LANTERN. TURN ON LANTERN. S. S. S. S. ENTER LAKE. Cold...so cold, in fact, that you drop the lantern! Don't worry, though; another light source is coming right up. W. S (Scenic Vista). GET TORCH. This torch, like the ivory torch in Zork 1, never stops burning. Unless, of course, you foolishly drop it into the lake. Stay here and wait until the indicator says "II". (Go ahead and L AT TABLE in the meantime to get an idea of what it's actually for.) TOUCH TABLE. You're instantly zipped to another room...from Zork II! Room 8, to be exact, west of the Carousel Room, and the location of a can of grue repellent, which was pretty useless then. You need it now, though, so GET CAN. Z. You're zipped back to the Scenic Vista as quickly as you left. Z. The indicator will change to "III". TOUCH TABLE. And this, of course, is a different part of Zork III, which you'll arrive at normally later. DROP TORCH. Wait until you return again. ("I" leads to the mine in Zork I, but there's nothing there that you need, and *never* touch the table when it shows "IV"!) You're done here, so return N. Now things get a little tricky. You have to take the southern path from the lake with the grue repellent *and* something from the bottom of the lake. You'll drop the can as soon as you enter, so you'll have to dive to get it. Unfortunately, the cold doesn't do wonders for your grip and it may take you more than one try to get both items. Worse, you can only stay underwater for so long. Plus there's a hungry fish lurking underwater, and sometimes a roc comes by and snatches you when you enter from the west bank...anyway, *save your game*, as if you haven't figured it out by now. ENTER LAKE. D. You see the grue repellent, the lantern...and a shiny object. GET CAN AND OBJECT. If you don't get both the first time, try again. Once you have them, U and S. You can finally put the lake behind you(whew!). By the way, leave the lantern...it's dead for good. That's right, you only needed it to get to the lake. (Told ya this game was different!) Well, it gets dark up ahead, and you're without a light source; that's why you have that grue repellent. SPRAY GRUE REPELLENT ON SELF. S. S. E. Salvation! And you've also found an item you'll need later...much later. DROP CAN. GET KEY. By now the repellent will have worn off. Since you can't go back...OPEN COVER. D (Aqueduct). What do you know, this entire area is lit from an unknown source. N. N. N (Damp Passage). This is the room you dropped the torch in, and here it is. GET TORCH. W. W. SW. Save here. There's nothing of note in the Land of Shadow...except for a sinister figure that's going to confront you and attack. Wander around (or just wait) until he does. The sword from the junction will instantly appear in your hand. Waste no time using it: ATTACK FIGURE WITH SWORD and repeat. You'll almost certainly take some damage here, but attack relentlessly and you should disable the figure before he kills you. If not, restore. Keep attacking until he's "badly hurt and defenseless". *Do not* finish him off; instead, GET HOOD. Oh my god, it's...the Dungeon Master, as it turns out. After you unmask him, he acknowledges defeat and vanishes, leaving the cloak behind. Needless to say, you don't want to kill him; you can't confront him at the end if you do. GET CLOAK. You're done here, so make your way back to the Junction, then go W twice to the Cliff. Hang onto that sword, by the way. GET BREAD. D. Ah, a treasure chest. But it's locked, and your key won't work for some reason (try it!). Never fear, though; sit tight and wait, and help will show up. It's a fellow adventurer, and he claims that he can open the chest. Well, you obviously can't, so you may as well trust him. TIE CHEST TO ROPE. Wait until he returns, then GRAB ROPE. Unfortunately, it seems that your trust was misplaced, as he keeps all the valuables from the chest. Fortunately, it *wasn't*: he also gives you a staff, which is the ONLY thing you need from the chest. No kidding; you'll find out why later. At any rate, you're done here. D. D. S (Flathead Ocean). Save, then wait until a ship shows up. SAY "HELLO SAILOR". This is just what the sailor wanted to hear, and he shows his gratitude by tossing you a vial. It *looks* empty, but actually contains an invisible liquid (which should give you a hint as to its purpose). You must have this vial, and you only have one chance to call out to the sailor before he leaves, so restore if you mess up. GET VIAL. N. NE. SE (Barren Area). By this time an earthquake should have struck; if not, wait until it does. E. S (Creepy Crawl). E. E. S. S (Great Door). The door is unopenable, but the earthquake created a new way in. E. N. PUSH GOLD MACHINE S. (Nothing else in this room is of any use.) OPEN STONE DOOR. PUSH MACHINE E. Here lie the crown jewels, just out of reach. You will need to obtain *one* of them with the help of the machine (the sole treasure mentioned earlier). TURN DIAL TO 776. ENTER MACHINE. PUSH BUTTON. You're instantly blasted back in time to the year 776...and everything you're carrying, as well as the machine, vanishes! You'll also notice that you're not alone, so stay put. GET RING and wait until the guards leave. Again, *do not* take the scepter or dagger. OPEN DOOR. W. OPEN WOODEN DOOR. N. The time machine is here, allowing you to return to the present with the ring...with one slight precaution. PUT RING UNDER SEAT. This prevents it from vanishing. Neither of the other crown jewels will fit, and they also do weird things to the time machine, which is why you can't take them. TURN DIAL TO 948. ENTER GOLD MACHINE. PUSH BUTTON. You're back, and this time the machine doesn't vanish. GET OUT. LOOK UNDER SEAT. There's the ring; now to get everything else back. OPEN DOOR. S. OPEN STONE DOOR. E. GET ALL. You'll notice that the other crown jewels have vanished, and I'll leave it to you to ponder why. Incidentally, if you want to play around with the time machine, go ahead. Most of the years will just get you killed, however, and it's easy to permanently zap something you don't want to (including the machine itself), so save beforehand. Okay, there's one more item you need, and getting it is a beast. W. S. *Save*, then go D into the Royal Puzzle. This puzzle is right up there with the marble board in Riven for absolute, utter unsolvability. There's exactly one solution, and if you make ONE wrong move, you'll never succeed. I mean, it's just flat-out impossible. I don't see how anyone can solve it without knowing the exact solution beforehand. Well, now that you know the bad news, here's the solution: PUSH S WALL. E. S. E 2 times. PUSH S WALL. GET BOOK. PUSH S WALL. PUSH W WALL 2 times. E. S. PUSH E WALL. N 5 times. PUSH E WALL. W. S 4 times. E 2 times. N 3 times. PUSH W WALL. E. S 3 times. W 4 times. N 3 times. W. N. PUSH E WALL 3 times. W 2 times. S 2 times. E 2 times. S. PUSH E WALL. W 3 times. N 3 times. E 2 times. PUSH S WALL 2 times. W. S 2 times. E 2 times. N. PUSH W WALL 2 times. S. W. PUSH N WALL 3 times. W. N. There's the ladder, right beneath the hole, and you can now *leave* the Royal Puzzle with the book! U. Congratulations, you've just completed what's undoubtedly the most absolutely impossible task in the entire Zork trilogy! (Oh yeah, save save save.) By now there's just one part of ZORK III where you haven't been yet; not coincidentally, that's where you have to go now. N. W. N. N. W. W. N (Junction). E. NE. An old man should be here. If not, leave the room and return. When you see him, WAKE MAN, then GIVE BREAD. He immediately jumps to life, pointing out a secret door before leaving. Before you go further, check to see that you have each of the following: book, vial, staff, cloak, hood, sword, torch, key, amulet, ring. (If you don't, well, you screwed up; nothing you can do but restart from the beginning.) Hmm...notice anything interesting about that particular list of items? OPEN DOOR. N. N. PUT SWORD IN BEAM. S. PUSH BUTTON. N. N. A mirror bars your way, but your bit of swordsmanship (beamsmanship?) has opened up a panel below it. N. Hoo boy...here we see the biggest limitation of the text adventure. I have no idea what this room even looks like. Anyway, what you need to do is get the compass rose pointed south, then open up the panel in the back, which will allow you to exit to the north. RAISE SHORT POLE. PUSH WHITE PANEL. G. PUSH PINE PANEL. That's all there is to it; the pine panel opens and you may proceed. N. You have to get past the guardians, and they have other ideas. No problem; OPEN VIAL. DRINK LIQUID. Not only is this an invisible potion...it's an *invisibility* potion! Clever, huh? N. N. N. The moment of truth; you are just oustide the Dungeon Master's inner sanctum. KNOCK ON DOOR. The DM answers the door and explains everything that led up to this moment. In a nutshell, he was testing your strength (fighting the figure), compassion (not killing the figure after he was helpless), trust (following the friendly adventurer's instructions), unselfishness (not begrudging the adventurer the treasures in the chest), intelligence (figuring out how to recover the ring), temperance (not trying to take all the crown jewels) persistence (the Royal Puzzle), and generosity (giving the bread). You've proven yourself worthy in every test and may now begin the final one, which the Dungeon Master himself will assist you with. And with that, he lets you in. N. E or W. N. N (Parapet). TURN DIAL TO 4. PUSH BUTTON. S. OPEN DOOR. S. Pushing the button with the dial at 4 has caused a brass door to appear (otherwise the back wall will be empty), which you must unlock with the key that you've been carrying all this time...which you can't do just yet. For the final part, you'll need the DM's help. DUNGEON MASTER, GO TO PARAPET. DUNGEON MASTER, TURN DIAL TO 1 (or any other number except 4; they all work). DUNGEON MASTER, PUSH BUTTON. UNLOCK BRONZE DOOR WITH KEY. OPEN BRONZE DOOR. Save your game for posterity if you want to before going S. Congratulations! Your final task is complete, and all the wealth, knowledge, and magic of the Great Underground Empire is now yours! In recognition of your triumph, the Dungeon Master also annoints you his successor. The GUE is now your dominion, to use and develop as you see fit. Perhaps someday you will create your own tests, tricks, and puzzles for the next adventurer who arrives at that ordinary-looking white house in the middle of the forest, imagining what might lie below... ============================================================================= END NOTES - I would like to thank GameFAQs for being so kind as to put up my walkthroughs. I know text adventures aren't exactly en vogue right now, but I *also* know that there are plenty of gamers out there who grew up on them and were sad to see them leave the mainstream. At GameFAQs, there is no such thing as dead, obsolete, or out of date; without them, I would not have even considered writing walkthroughs in the first place. Zork is a, well-written, well-programmed, thoroughly entertaining trilogy, and it's unfortunate that I'm only now able to appreciate it for what it is. I have Gaming Depot to thank for having the chance to play these classics again and the Infocom Documentation Project for reprinting the original instructions. Abandonware is a wonderful development in computer gaming, one which I wholeheartedly endorse. My website is home.hawaii.rr.com/dkwff.