Friday, June 26, 2020

War In Middle Earth

Bought yet never played. . .

I've had this golden oldie gathering dust for over 4 years now and I've never once booted it up. Yup, I've no idea why, but the three floppy disks have never seen the inside of my ST's drive! Heck, I've never even tried it in emulation... I'm now wondering why I'm so lazy and stupidly wasted cash to rescue a game I didn't really want?

I imagine it was going cheap on eBay but I've loved anything by Melbourne House, since my Speccy days so it was bound to happen!! Hang on, did you think that I was going to say "Tolkien" instead back there?? Anyhow, this 30-year-old treasure is in nice condition, even though the paper (for map and manual) smells a little musty.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of Stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Well, that sounds rather interesting!! But, for those who might not know, Tolkien's War in Middle Earth is a strategy adventure based around little creatures called Hobbits. You can't miss them - annoying fellas with big feet! This adaptation is loosely based on the books but, I believe, there is always the option to veer from the storyline to venture forth your own way separate from the novel. How far that might get me is anyone's guess.

So, umm, I've got little to say about this RPG but I did notice that the screenshots display the Speccy and Amstrad versions - not exactly a positive sign!! Maybe I should stop yapping and boot it up? Has anyone played it? What can I expect? Should I watch the movies first or (gulp) make an effort to read the books? Surely not!!

Okay, I thought this would make a cool feature for our Box Art section and I hope you like the photographs of this golden oldie? Right then, enough talk because I've got free weekends coming up, so let's see what happens.


Ignoring the side with yellowing, the map is in good condition (click it). I wonder how accurate it is?
The little book inside the box is the manual, I wanted a bigger book but I'm awkward...
Three disks. Yes, three!! I've not checked, but I guess they're single-sided. Doh!
I love that the box is actually a sleeve and that logo always reminds me of The Hobbit.


  1. This game sounds great. You shouldn't hesitate too long and follow in Frodo footsteps. I look forward to reading more about this game.

    1. It's happening! Although I don't know if I have grasped the basics ... yet...

  2. Thanks mate. The content of the game box and the game itself smell quality. The booklet and the map look beautiful too. I miss the good old days when you could find goodies and a real manual inside the box not a link towards a pdf. You really had your money's worth!

  3. Enjoy your quest in middle earth!