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Mini-Zork I
By TCZ webmaster
Published on 12/13/2006
This was the first and only tape version of an Infocom game. As Zork had to be reduced in size in order to fit into the C64's memory.

Interactive Fiction for the Commodore 64
Zork 1
Zork I (cover) by Infocom
no cover image exists for Mini-Zork I
Published: 1987, Infocom
Dave Lebling and Marc Blank.

Difficulty Level: Standard

Welcome to Mini-Zork I: The Great Underground Empire. It beckons you into a world fraught with danger and discovery. Using all the cunning you can muster, you'll plunge far below the surface of the earth in search of the incomparable Treasures of Zork. But this is no mere treasure hunt. During your amazing journey, you'll come face to face with creatures so outlandish, they defy description. And you'll wander through an underground domain so vast, with so many twists and turns, it can offer you new surprises no matter how many times you explore it.

This was the first and only tape version of an Infocom game.

As Zork had to be reduced in size in order to fit into the C64's memory (you cannot have random access from a datatape, can you?), some locations and a few puzzles were removed. However, the gameplay remained intact and the purpose of introducing Infocom games to non-disk-owning C64 users was served well.

The only problem is that it was not playtested enough for all existing bugs to be removed. As a result, an internal error may occur when you do an unexpected move and the story will terminate. Fortunately, there's no serious error that would prevent you from completing it.

Mini-Zork 1
Mini-Zork I (game) by Infocom

For more information about the Infocom text adventure game Mini-Zork I, please view the Infocom category in the C64 games database or visit the external links to other Infocom related content at the end of this article.

References to Infocom on the internet may also be found under the software company Activision, which bought Infocom in 1986.

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The text excerpt in italics below the credit information is taken from the cover of the game and ©Copyright 1987 Infocom.

Thank you to the following websites, which were used for sourcing some images, that appear in this article:
Moby Games.