History VideoGame / Zork

16th Jul '16 8:39:24 PM Angeldeb82
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* CuttingTheKnot: Several puzzles with extremely complicated solutions also had much simpler ways to "cheat" through them. Perhaps the most notable example was getting past the Guardians of Zork in ''Zork III.'' You ''could'' mess around with [[spoiler:using the sliding mirror box to trundle past the Guardians while convincing them that their own reflections were actually the Guardian standing opposite them (apparently the Guardians had no depth perception), having to keep the box from wobbling and making sure the door didn't open into their line of sight once you got past them]] or... you could [[spoiler:drink the invisibility potion and walk past them]], rendering them somewhat of an AnticlimaxBoss.

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* CuttingTheKnot: Several puzzles with extremely complicated solutions also had much simpler ways to "cheat" through them. Perhaps the most notable example was getting past the Guardians of Zork in ''Zork III.'' You ''could'' mess around with [[spoiler:using the sliding mirror box to trundle past the Guardians while convincing them that their own reflections were actually the Guardian standing opposite them (apparently the Guardians had no depth perception), having to keep the box from wobbling and making sure the door didn't open into their line of sight once you got past them]] or... you could [[spoiler:drink the invisibility potion and walk past them]], rendering them somewhat of an AnticlimaxBoss.AntiClimaxBoss.
13th Jul '16 12:32:01 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* CuttingTheKnot: Several puzzles with extremely complicated solutions also had much simpler ways to "cheat" through them. Perhaps the most notable example was getting past the Guardians of Zork in ''Zork III.'' You ''could'' mess around with [[spoiler:the sliding mirror box to trundle past the Guardians while convincing them that their own reflections were actually the Guardian standing opposite them (apparently the Guardians had no depth perception)]] or... you could [[spoiler:drink the invisibility potion and walk past them]], rendering them somewhat of an AnticlimaxBoss.

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* CuttingTheKnot: Several puzzles with extremely complicated solutions also had much simpler ways to "cheat" through them. Perhaps the most notable example was getting past the Guardians of Zork in ''Zork III.'' You ''could'' mess around with [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:using the sliding mirror box to trundle past the Guardians while convincing them that their own reflections were actually the Guardian standing opposite them (apparently the Guardians had no depth perception)]] perception), having to keep the box from wobbling and making sure the door didn't open into their line of sight once you got past them]] or... you could [[spoiler:drink the invisibility potion and walk past them]], rendering them somewhat of an AnticlimaxBoss.



** Except the protagonist of Enchanter and of Wishbringer, both of which make it through a grue lair intact.

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** Except the protagonist of Enchanter ''Enchanter'' and of Wishbringer, ''Wishbringer'', both of which make it through a grue lair intact.intact.
** Also in ''Beyond Zork'' (the one with RPG elements) you actually have to fight and defeat several Grues in the final dungeon before you confront the final boss. They're the toughest opponents in the game (that you can engage in normal combat anyway) and you need the enchanted helmet to be able to see them, but you still get no real description of what they look like.
13th Jul '16 12:24:31 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* CuttingTheKnot: Several puzzles with extremely complicated solutions also had much simpler ways to "cheat" through them. Perhaps the most notable example was getting past the Guardians of Zork in ''Zork III.'' You ''could'' mess around with [[spoiler:the sliding mirror box to trundle past the Guardians while convincing them that their own reflections were actually the Guardian standing opposite them (apparently the Guardians had no depth perception)]] or... you could [[spoiler:drink the invisibility potion and walk past them]], rendering them somewhat of an AnticlimaxBoss.
13th Jul '16 12:20:31 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* {{Calvinball}}: [[http://zork.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Fanucci Double Fanucci]], a card game alluded to in the manuals and feelies with such ridiculously complicated rules that even advanced players are apparently at a loss to explain the game.

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* {{Calvinball}}: [[http://zork.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Fanucci Double Fanucci]], a card game alluded to in the manuals and feelies with such ridiculously complicated rules that even advanced players are apparently at a loss to explain the game. You actually have to play a game against the Jester in ''Zork Zero'' in order to get an essential item. The only way to win is [[spoiler:to remember the indefensible gambit mentioned in the feelies and Undertrump 3 times after the Jester discards a Trebled Fromp]].
9th Jul '16 2:03:34 PM Angeldeb82
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* BottomlessPit: There are a few of these. Played for laughs in ''Zork: Grand Inquisitor'', where you don't immediately die when falling into one, and eventually start a family with someone else who fell in.

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* BottomlessPit: BottomlessPits: There are a few of these. Played for laughs in ''Zork: Grand Inquisitor'', where you don't immediately die when falling into one, and eventually start a family with someone else who fell in.



* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverythingDevelopersForesight



* FeaturelessProtagonist: Former TropeNamer, as AFGNCAAP.

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* FeaturelessProtagonist: Former TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, as AFGNCAAP.



* StockPuzzle: Nearly all of them, at one point or another. Special credit must go to ''Zork Zero'' for including the FoxChickenGrainPuzzle, {{Towers of Hanoi}}, {{Game of Nim}}, {{Three Plus Five Make Four}}, and {{Knights and Knaves}} all in one game.

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* StockPuzzle: Nearly all of them, at one point or another. Special credit must go to ''Zork Zero'' for including the FoxChickenGrainPuzzle, {{Towers of Hanoi}}, {{Game of Nim}}, {{Three Plus Five Make Four}}, TowersOfHanoi, GameOfNim, ThreePlusFiveMakeFour, and {{Knights and Knaves}} KnightsAndKnaves all in one game.



* [[{{Title1}} Title 1]]: With ''Zork I''.

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* [[{{Title1}} Title 1]]: {{Title 1}}: With ''Zork I''.
22nd Jun '16 7:15:11 AM DracoKanji
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* NothingIsScarier: "It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue." The trope is amplified by the fact that to date, an official visual depiction of a Grue has never been made, so ''nobody'' knows what they really look like. The closest we get is a design of what is implied to be a Grue's eyes on a stained glass window in ''Return to Zork''. Given that they only reside in total darkness and our imaginations work out the rest possibly makes Grues one of the scariest video game monsters in existence (that is, when their scariness isn't being downplayed for laughs; see TheTamingOfTheGrue below).

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* NothingIsScarier: "It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue." The trope is amplified by the fact that to date, an official visual depiction of a Grue has never been made, so ''nobody'' knows what they really look like. The closest we get is a design of what is implied to be a Grue's eyes on a stained glass window in ''Return to Zork''. The only descriptions mentioned in any of the games include "slavering fangs" and razor-sharp claws, and they can apparently slither. Given that they only reside in total darkness and our imaginations work out the rest possibly makes Grues one of the scariest video game monsters in existence (that is, when their scariness isn't being downplayed for laughs; see TheTamingOfTheGrue below).
29th May '16 12:24:26 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* LargeHam: Y'gael the Enchantress from ''ZorkGrandInquisitor''. She tries as hard as she possibly can to sound ridiculously whimsical.

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* LargeHam: Y'gael the Enchantress from ''ZorkGrandInquisitor''.''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor''. She tries as hard as she possibly can to sound ridiculously whimsical.
29th Feb '16 1:03:41 PM Twoeyesshort
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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: At least a few of that Flatheads thought this way. In ''Zork II'', the sign at the bank says as such: "I'm rich and you aren't, so there."
11th Nov '15 12:25:49 PM DracMonster
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* CalvinBall: [[http://zork.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Fanucci Double Fanucci]], a card game alluded to in the manuals and feelies with such ridiculously complicated rules that even advanced players are apparently at a loss to explain the game.

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* CalvinBall: {{Calvinball}}: [[http://zork.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Fanucci Double Fanucci]], a card game alluded to in the manuals and feelies with such ridiculously complicated rules that even advanced players are apparently at a loss to explain the game.
11th Nov '15 12:25:04 PM DracMonster
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* CalvinBall: [[http://zork.wikia.com/wiki/Double_Fanucci Double Fanucci]], a card game alluded to in the manuals and feelies with such ridiculously complicated rules that even advanced players are apparently at a loss to explain the game.
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