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The Royal Puzzle

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About the Story

Can you escape The Royal Puzzle with the treasure?

This game is a remake of The Royal Puzzle contained in the game ZORK from 1979, also known as Dungeon. The royal puzzle was later included in the game Zork III by Infocom, and is often regarded as Infocom's hardest puzzle. Finding the minimum number of moves required to solve it was a popular pastime among dedicated Zorkers. For this reason a high score list is included, which will be updated whenever somebody sends in their score (fewest number of moves).

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Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: March 2, 2017
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: ADRIFT
Forgiveness Rating: Tough
IFID: ADRIFT-500-71ED-75FB-4439-B8D3-156A8665138A
TUID: 8rnv9gifxg2ebdw

Adapted from Zork, by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling


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Maintained Hall of Fame / High score list by Denk
Maintained Hall of Fame or high score list is a great idea. Let's list those games where a maintained hall of fame/high score list is accessible, either within the game or online.

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