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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Windows)

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Command the heroes and armies of Middle-Earth in an RTS strategy game that crosses the bounds between the gameplay media and Hollywood film studios.

You get to decide the destiny of Middle-Earth and take control of either the Good side or the Evil side as the forces of Gondor, Rohan, Isengard or Mordor.

Cast spells and mobilize hundreds of units as you vie to take control of the One Ring.

The game takes an old-school, Command and Conquer approach to J.R.R. Tolkien's acclaimed universe, with one important twist: there is no real interface to speak of: structures can only be built on predefined sites and, like the units, they are ordered through a circular context-sensitive command menu that ensures that you get pulled into the action.

Also, the license of the game is taken from the movies, allowing it to have the voices, likeness and even clips from the Hollywood production extravaganza.


The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows A close up of the action- Eomer and the riders of Rohan trash some ork scum
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows The Army of Deads
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows Boromir leading the assault
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows You can modify the landscape to your advantage with the Elvenwood spell which gives allied units several benefits

Alternate Titles

  • "魔戒:中土戰爭" -- Taiwan title
  • "指环王: 中土战争" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Zhihuan Wang: Zhongtu Zhangzhen" -- Chinese Title
  • "Wladca Pierscieni: Bitwa o Sródziemie" -- Polish Title
  • "Slaget om Midgård: Härskarringen" -- Swedish Title
  • "Ringenes Herre: Kampen om Midgard" -- Norwegian title
  • "O Senhor dos Anéis: A Batalha Pela Terra Média" -- Portuguese title
  • "Le Seigneur des Anneaux: La bataille pour la terre du milieu" -- French Title
  • "El Señor de los Anillos: Batalla por la Tierra Media" -- Spanish Title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Schlacht um Mittelerde" -- German Title
  • "A Gyűrűk Ura: Harc Középföldéért" -- Hungarian Title

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User Reviews

Brilliant RTS game by the makers of Dune 2 and C&C Lukas Mariman (7) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Great RTS true to the movie-license Cadorna (190) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A throwback to an ancient era... James Kirk (159) unrated

Critic Reviews

Daily Game Jan 18, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamerz-Edge Dec 14, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Game Watcher Mar 24, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Dec 07, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Dec 03, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 12, 2004 83 out of 100 83
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 09, 2004 16 out of 20 80
UOL Jogos Dec 17, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 22, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Dec 01, 2004 B 75


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Online Servers

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers on 31st December 2010.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Best Use of a License of the Year

PhoenixFire (83) added The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (Windows) on Dec 12, 2004