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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 Power points allow you to buy special magic skills that can be used in-game
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows Trolls attack
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows Uruk Hai-rush!! And the gold glow means a hero character is leading them!!
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Windows The magic of Gandalf

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

PC Action Dec 16, 2004 94 out of 100 94
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Jan 10, 2005 A- 91
Fragland.net Feb 25, 2005 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Dec 07, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Dec 12, 2004 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Dec 07, 2004 83 out of 100 83
JeuxVideoPC.com Jan 05, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ActionTrip Dec 15, 2004 76 out of 100 76
Game Revolution Dec 01, 2004 B 75


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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