The Lords of Midnight
1,000 - 5,000 downloads
- Mixes several genres
- Awakens one of the ZX legends
- Intrinsic awkwardness typical of any 30 years old game
The arch-classical ZX game ported to mobile devices
Lords of Midnight was an eclectic game back in the eighties which was born already a legend, probably ten or twenty years ahead in time. Regrettably, there were only 48k Spectrums back then and LoM got lost within the limbo of forgotten wonders of early home computer science. Indeed, it was like it was buried as a cursed ancient relic, known only to a few. And, like old omens use to do, nearly thirty years later it comes back directly into our mobile devices. It's an odd feeling.
In order. LoM is much a non-real time war game, but it's also an adventure game as you have to solve quests starred by different characters to advance to further epic battles and eventually defeat the evil Witch King. In a very little nutshell, it's like the ultimate Lord of the Rings videogame should be. However, it comes with a heavy burden on its back: it has been ported as it was, so here we have a legend of ZX games showing off eight color screens and beep sounds, a pioneer tech (then) to make things relatively be seen in perspective and nostalgia in every little bit of data.
We appreciate it, but being what it is, coming from where it comes and costing $5, we're sure that this game deserves the adjective dissuasive. Anyway, blessed who dares to play it: not only you will be able to save the Free People from the evil's dark yoke, but also be part of videogaming history itself. May we suggest you to visit LoM's website first?
*Sad footnote: Mike Singleton, creator of the original LoM and then War in the Middle Earth (perhaps the best LotR videogame ever) among many others, passed October 10th, 2012. May loading tapes be faster in heaven.
"The Lords of Midnight is not simply an adventure game nor simply a war game. It was really a new type that became known as an epic game, for as you play the Lords of Midnight you will be writing a new chapter in the history of the peoples of the Free.
You will guide individual characters across the land of Midnight on vital quests but you will also command armies that must endeavour to hold back the foul hordes of Doomdark, the witch king. Yours will be no inevitable victory." - Mike Singleton 1984
I've tried to make this compatible with as many Android devices as possible without actually owning them all. Hopefully we won't have too many hiccups along the way! If you have any issues please please contact me through www.thelordsofmidnight.com/support so that I can work with you to resolve them.
Reviews for the iOS version
"Lords of Midnight does story-based, large-scope, high-fantasy warfare better than most titles I can think of, iOS or otherwise."
- Rating 4/5- PocketTactics.com
"This is an outstanding remake and developer Chris Wild, should feel very proud of creating such a superb celebration of the man’s work."
- Rating 8/10 - Metro
"#1 - Top 5 iPhone and iPad games of the week"
"If you're interested in classic games, especially fantasy and/or strategy games, Lords of Midnight is a must-have."
- Rating 4/5 - TouchArcade.com
"App of the Year!"
- Rating 5/5, Mirror.co.uk
"It's an unmissable remake. Few titles weather the storms of time as well as this solid-gold classic."
- Rating 4/5 - PocketGamer.co.uk
"A must own title; pure genius and extremely entertaining. Recommended."
- Rating 98/100 - Arcade Life
“Made of extremely bright colors and clean lines, a stylistic choice that was and still is very original.”
"Despite the perfectly adapted touch controls and crisp graphic presentation, this is a proper 1980s they-don’t-make-’em-like-they-used-to game"
"#3 - Top 10 iPad games and apps of December 2012"
"If you love a game, love the game’s creator and want to produce an updated tribute – here’s your benchmark. Almost thirty years old and yet it feels fresh, relevant and completely at home on a touch screen. Recommended without reservation – so good it makes me want to cry."
- Arcade Life
"Original, longed for and a perfect adaptation of a legendary game. Unlike those Spectrum conversions that are strictly for nostalgia lovers, Chris Wild’s Lords of Midnight will enthrall any gamer who thinks he has what it takes for a true battle of wits where only the most brilliant commanders will survive."
- Louise Mensch, Mirror.co.uk
"Lords of Midnight is an experience that everybody with a remote interest in games should have, buying into your characters and developing your own war stories is a wonderful thing. It is a game with hidden depths that deserve to be plumbed and I cannot recommend it enough."
iOS Best Port/Retro Gamer of the Year"
- Arcade Life
Please check out www.thelordsofmidnight.com/blog for news on updates and new features to come...
1. FIXED: Graphic glitch under certain terrain
2. FIXED: Poor quality of distant terrain
3. FIXED: Fixed back and home button not working correctly
4. FIXED: Random action selection when dragging main view.
5. FIXED: Double army display
6. FIXED: Keep Awake not consistently working
7. FIXED: Approach screen not appearing when entering a location with a recruitable character
Please check http://thelordsofmidnight.com/blog/latest-changes/ for a list of all fixes and new features.
Love this game... Miss it from the old days. Had the original.
The way games are meant to be - wonderful, immersive environment that still allows the player to create their own story. Completed the game once, out of many plays, on a cpc 464, many times with The Midnight Engine... in fact it was only with the later
I am far too young to have played LoM in the 80s and all the reviews I see seem to focus on the nostalgia factor. I was drawn to Midnight by the striking visual style and the promise of an 'epic adventure' - I was not disappointed. Younger players may nee
A great strategy game from the past that will keep you riveted in the present.
Please keep this old favorite alive and may we see the extra content in Doomdark's revenge. Thank you for making this available! Sad to hear Mike Singleton fought his last batt
I played this game more than 20 years ago. And I still love it. Hopefully one day we'll see Doomdark's revenge for Android, too.
Excellent... brings me back to my spectrum days!
Probably one of the best Spectrum game ever released now brought back to life on Android and boy what a comeback. The essence of the game still exists in this version and I recommend everyone who had a Spectrum to purchase a copy to relive your childhood,