Mike Singleton's '84 classic Adventure Strategy game, brought to and updated for Windows.
"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.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 1.6 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9, 300 MB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Patched to version 1.12
Posted on 2013-08-14 07:37:54 byWolfram_von_Thal:
LoM is a masterpiece and a class of its own. Developed in the early 80ies by one of the most creative and innovative gamedesigners of all times, it's still a pleasure to play today, thirty years later. In LoM, you play the role of Prince Luxor in his struggle against his dark antagonist, Lord Doomdark, who tries to conquer the whole world of midnight with his brutal legions. Thereread more are two ways to stop the dark Lord: In a kind of RPG / adventure -mode you can play as Morkin, Luxors son, and try to find and destroy the "Ice Crown", the source of Doomdarks might. Or you try to gather a large army by recruiting other free Lords of the land to defend the free lands against the armies of darkness.
The game is played in a first-person-perspective and there are different terrains with different characteristics. The land is full of ruins, landmarks, villages, fortresses and even wildlife. The game is turnbased, so you have all the time you need to plan your strategies.
The remake features some minor comfort-additions (like the ingame-map), but it stays very close to the original game, the graphics are finer, but in the same simplistic aesthetic.
The game comes with a interesting and well written mini-novella, written by Singleton himself.
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Posted on 2013-08-13 10:54:32 bydon2712:
OMG I remember playing this on my brand new Sinclair Spectrum I can't remember what Spectrum model I was using then I really enjoyed what I played but the Spectrum with its rubber keyboard wasn't the ideal games machine. I remember waiting for it to load from my little casette recorder and then loading the blank tape for my saves. I was new to adventure games and never got veryread more far into it lack of time coupled with the less than user friendly machines those days. It was a truly amazing game for its time and from my experiences and ageing memory of gameplay I would recommend the game. I will probably buy it and perhaps visit the loft and get the tape and my spectrum out again just to remind myself how things used to be.
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Posted on 2013-08-18 07:40:18 byfilippo:
The original Lords Of Midnight is one of the Great Classics of the 8 bit computer gaming era. First released in 1984 on the ZX Spectrum to almost universal critical and public acclaim, it could be played both as a strategy game and as an adventure (or both at the same time) and it has an unique look and feel that in my opinion nothing since has ever recaptured.
Some welcome updatesread more were made: an improved save system, the ability to undo a "day of game" (the game is divided in day cycles), an auto map system and an optional group feature that allows you to move multiple characters at the same time (there are up to 32 characters in the game to control).
And a special mention is deserved by the graphics which presereve the original game's stylized and distinctive look. At a first glance you'd think they are the original graphics, but up close they are smooth and detailed.
But apart from that this remake is basically the same game as the original 41 kB (yes, 41 kilobytes!) classic.
Old gamers who loved the original, like me, will fall in love all over again with this fantastic and faithful to the original remake.
This is a genuine classic and an incredibly evocative game. Gamers who like to use their imagination and can get past the weird (by today's standards) game mechanics, will find themselves immersed in a fantastic world, like living first person in an illustrated fantasy book.
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