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J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth

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J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle-Earth
Video game
DeveloperSynergistic Software, inc., Maelstrom Games Ltd.
PublisherMelbourne House, Dro Soft
PlatformAmiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, MSX, NES (never released), ZX Spectrum
Release dateFall 1988
GenreReal-time strategy
J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle-Earth is a real-time strategy game released for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, MS-DOS, Commodore Amiga and Atari ST in 1988 by Australian company Melbourne House.[1][2][3][4]

The game combined both a large-scale army-unit level and a small-scale character level. All the action happened simultaneously in the game world and places could be seen from the map or at the ground level. Individual characters could also be seen in larger battles (in which they either survived or died — Gandalf alone could easily defeat a hundred orcs). If the battle is quite small (less than 100 units approximately) it can be watched on ground level. Otherwise it will be only displayed numerically. On ground level characters could acquire objects[3] and talk with computer controlled friendly characters (such as Radagast or Tom Bombadil). It was designed by Mike Singleton,[1][2][4][5] Robert Clandy[6] and Alan B. Clark.[1]

The package of the game contained an original elaborate poster map of the Westlands.

Minas Tirith as depicted in the game

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tolkien Games (retrieved 4 December 2010)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Meristation, El Anillo interactivo p. 6 (retrieved 4 December 2010)
  3. 3.0 3.1 GiantBoomb (retrieved 4 December 2010)
  4. 4.0 4.1 War in Middle-Earth at World of Spectrum (retrieved 4 December 2010)
  5. The Interactivo Fiction Database (retrieved 4 December 2010)
  6. Moby Games (retrieved 7 December 2010)