Download Border Zone

More than 10000 old games to download for free!

Border Zone

DOS - 1987

Also available on: Mac - Commodore 64

Alt names
Spy, Checkpoint, Border Zone: A Game of Intrigue
Released in
United States
Interactive Fiction, Real-Time, Spy / Espionage
Infocom, Inc.
Infocom, Inc.
4.67 / 5 - 6 votes

Description of Border Zone

The only spy game from Infocom, Border Zone is a "compartmentalized" game similar to Shogun, although the chapters don't have to be played in order.

The premise is classic spy intrigue that will be familiar to Raymond Chandler fans, centered around an attempt to prevent an important assasination in the fictitious country of Frobnia. In a neat departure from most games, the three chapters are played from different perspectives: in Chapter 1, you play a businessman, who has been given a document with the details of the assassination, and your job is to sneak it out of the country. In Chapter 2, you play the wounded agent who gave the businessman the document, and your goal is to escape from Frobnia. In Chapter 3, you play an American double-agent who must prevent the assassination without blowing his cover.

In another departure for Infocom, all three chapters are played in real-time, i.e. the story will go on without you if you take too much time deciding what to do. While this adds a lot to the game's atmosphere and realism (after all, James Bond himself only has split seconds to evade the bullets), this makes for some very difficult puzzles that you are not likely to solve the first time through. This means that you will have to restore the game several times before figuring out the right sequences of moves.

Fortunately, the game's on-line hintbook provides gentle nudges to the right direction, and you can slow down the game's clock by typing SLOW if you find it too frustrating. Like Plundered Hearts, Border Zone features several different endings in addition to the "optimal" one.

Zork creator Marc Blank does a great job of creating an interlocking "big-picture": events in each chapter relate to those in others, and by the time you finish all three, you will gain a complete understanding of the story. Characters are well-developed, and the quality of writing is excellent throughout.

Highly recommended for all IF fans, but heed the "Advanced" level on the box-- this isn't an easy game you can finish in one sitting.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

There is no comment nor review for this game at the moment.

Write a comment

Share your gamer memories, help others to run the game or comment anything you'd like. If you have trouble to run Border Zone, read the abandonware guide first!


Download Border Zone

We may have multiple downloads for few games when different versions are available. Also, we try to upload manuals and extra documentations when possible. If the manual is missing and you own the original manual, please contact us!

Just one click to download at full speed!

DOS version

Mac version

Commodore 64 version

Similar games

Fellow retro gamers also downloaded these games:

Prince of Persia abandonware
DOS, Amiga, Mac, Amstrad CPC, Apple II1990
Zork II: The Wizard of Frobozz abandonware
DOS, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, C641983
Stationfall abandonware
DOS, Amiga, Mac, Amstrad CPC, C641987

Terms of Use About Link to us Contact Us FAQ Contribute Taking screenshots How to play

MyAbandonware utopiaweb