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Midwinter is set in a post-apocalyptic world, as the Earth entered a nuclear winter caused by the fall of a meteorite. The titular island has been formed in the Azores group of islands, caused by volcanic activity.

The player initially controls Captain John Stark, the commander of local militia known as Free Villages Police Force (FVPF), who attempt to protect their home from the invasion of armed troops under the command of General Masters. As Stark, the player has to recruit civilians and members of FVPF in order to join forces and prevent Masters from reaching the base located in the south-eastern part of the island.

Midwinter is a hybrid game that combines elements of strategy and action. The player selects and controls the 32 recruits as they attempt to protect the island within a limited amount of time. Two hours of game time are assigned to each recruit; afterwards, the strategy battle moves to the next turn. During their turns, the recruits fight enemy forces in action-oriented combat reminiscent of a first-person shooter. Specific and detailed injuries add a tactical edge to these battles. Enemy units are mostly composed of armed snow buggies, as well as supply vehicles. Eliminating a large amount of them or killing the commander of the unit usually successfully completes the mission.

Terrain plays an important role in the game, as many snow-covered mountain areas are impassable, and the player must plan ahead how to advance. The player can use snow buggies, ski, and cable cars to access the goal.

When recruiting characters, the player has to pay attention to their personal relationships. For example, Stark can recruit his girlfriend, but another character will refuse to join because he is in love with her and jealous of the Captain.


Midwinter Amiga Stark's info.
Midwinter Atari ST At a home.
Midwinter DOS If you can get the doctor to a radio station, he can make some contacts.
Midwinter Amiga In a cable car building.

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User Reviews

Amazingly original, all engrossing, an underrated wonder. DOS Jeff Sinasac (316)
It's all about atmosphere Atari ST Roland Frost (3)
Winter wonderland Atari ST Neepie Lantern (480)
Totally underappreciated, engrossing, and original game. A classic if you gave it a chance. DOS Tom Smith (2)
Fantastic intelligent Concept game making 4.5 out of 5 DOS kie kelly (4)
A "sleeper" of sorts DOS Micah Williams (1)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Mar, 1990 96 out of 100 96
The One Atari ST Feb, 1990 95 out of 100 95
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Oct, 1990 948 out of 1000 95
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jul, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Atari ST Jun, 1990 66 out of 100 66
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 60 out of 100 60
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 60 out of 100 60


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1001 Video Games

Midwinter appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

General Masters

"General Masters", the big bad guy of the game shared some visible similarities to project manager Hugh Batterbury. This was not unintentional and an in-joke in the studio. Source: Zero Magazine 1990/01 (issue #3)


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #66 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"

Contributed to by Jeff Sinasac (316), Christian Klein (6023) and ektoutie (492)