Zork On Your Blackberry

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Zork
The year was 1979, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States, disco reigned supreme with The Bee Gees and Donna Summer, and Infocom a gaming company was founded by a few MIT geeks. Infocom would later release one of the earliest gaming hits called Zork for the Commodore 64, Apple II, and Atari. Zork was one of the first truly interactive games created, a text-based game you had to actually type out what you wanted to do – how things have changed.


Now you can be nostalgic and enjoy the Zork game on your Blackberry, thanks to the program ZeeME and Craig Setera. Although substantially smaller than the full game, it contains all the memorable bits including the many novel creatures and objects like the grues and zorkminds.

To install the game, point your Blackberry browser to:

http://www.gizmo-a-gogo.org/ZeeME/ZeeME.jad

The game doesn’t quite play perfect on the Blackberry devices because it is a general J2ME program meant to play on most Java powered phones. When you initially start the game you will need to change the screen setting because the text will only take up half the screen. For 7100 users the optimal setting would be 60 and the rest use 45.

We hope that you enjoy our find and if anyone finishes it, please post the walkthrough.

Next page for screenshots (yes we are posting screenshots for a text-based game) …

  • Paula

    I could not get the above link to work – received a 404 page. Tried also just the folder level. I am able to point IE to down the .jad file though. Would be interested in this program.

  • Paula

    I could not get the above link to work – received a 404 page. Tried also just the folder level. I am able to point IE to down the .jad file though. Would be interested in this program.

  • Eric

    It worked for me, you have to go to the link from your blackberry. If you’re using ie to visit the link, sounds like you were using a computer.

  • Eric

    It worked for me, you have to go to the link from your blackberry. If you’re using ie to visit the link, sounds like you were using a computer.

  • Eric

    It worked for me, you have to go to the link from your blackberry. If you’re using ie to visit the link, sounds like you were using a computer.

  • Kathy

    I had the same problem. I could download it with IE but not with the blackberry. What I did was I went to gizmo-a-gogo.org then I clicked on the ZeeME link then scroll down to where it says you can download the Jad from this site, click there, and you’re on your way.

  • Kathy

    I had the same problem. I could download it with IE but not with the blackberry. What I did was I went to gizmo-a-gogo.org then I clicked on the ZeeME link then scroll down to where it says you can download the Jad from this site, click there, and you’re on your way.

  • http://www.blsb.org/ Ryan

    It seems that the Pearl 8130 suretype keyboard doesn’t work with Zork or the z2me app. It types numbers on the keypad area, and letters on the outside. Typing commands is frustrating and slow. Does anyone know of a fix?

  • http://www.blsb.org/ Ryan

    It seems that the Pearl 8130 suretype keyboard doesn’t work with Zork or the z2me app. It types numbers on the keypad area, and letters on the outside. Typing commands is frustrating and slow. Does anyone know of a fix?

  • http://www.blsb.org Ryan

    It seems that the Pearl 8130 suretype keyboard doesn’t work with Zork or the z2me app. It types numbers on the keypad area, and letters on the outside. Typing commands is frustrating and slow. Does anyone know of a fix?

  • peter

    same issue here – my pearl keyboard isn’t working for this, and I’m not sure if there is something that can be done to the z2me file to fix it? anyone?

  • peter

    same issue here – my pearl keyboard isn’t working for this, and I’m not sure if there is something that can be done to the z2me file to fix it? anyone?