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elementalamber @ 09:54 pm: Return to Zork issues
I'm converting my 15 year old sister from average teenager into a Zork fanatic. In the interest of doing so, I tried to load Return to Zork on my laptop so that we can play it together. I'm running XP, and while the game loaded just fine (after a bit of fiddling on my part), I'm having video issues.

All of the video sequences are running incredibly fast - too fast for audio or text. The wizard/crystal ball sequences are up for less than 2 seconds, and I can't use the in-game recorder to replay the messages.

I'm not completely in the dark about XP, and certainly not about these games, but I'm coming up completely blank about this issue. Any ideas on how I can fix it? The game is completely unplayable otherwise.

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From:panther3751
Date:October 23rd, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, DOSBox might be your answer: http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/news.php?show_news=1

Normally I don't encourage emulators, but you do own the game. I had similar issues with Return to Zork on a Windows 98 machine. So hopefully this will work for you.

The exact game can be found here: http://dosbox.sourceforge.net/comp_list.php?showID=516&letter=R&search=zork
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From:isquiesque
Date:October 23rd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Alternately, you could be a geek like me and try to find an ancient, slower computer to run it on. I have an old 95 machine that I got for free because someone was throwing it out and I saw it as the perfect opportunity, believe it or not, to run this exact game.

Yes, I'm a geek. I know that.
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From:elementalamber
Date:October 23rd, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
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LOL, I actually had one of those. It ran the game fine, but it's gone now. So sad.

I think I was running 95 when I bought the game the first time. Er... maybe. I honestly can't remember.

I'd be more than happy to do it again... but I vividly remember playing this game through the DOS window on XP! It's driving me nuts that I can't make it work this time, especially since I want my sister to play it.

She loved ZGI, and RTZ is similar. It's not the grand seriousness of Nemesis (even though I love Nemesis).
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From:isquiesque
Date:October 23rd, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Yes - each game is great for its own, rather different, reasons.

Good luck with getting it to run - I've no clue how to get things to slow down, unfortunately.
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From:elementalamber
Date:October 23rd, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Okay, either I'm dumb or my pc doesn't like this program. Any other suggestions?
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