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The Shadows of Mordor

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Description

The Shadows of Mordor is an officially licensed J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" text adventure game based on the second part of the trilogy - "The Two Towers".

You can select to play as either Frodo or Sam. The game follows the plot of the book closely and many locations have accompanying illustrations. Unusually for a text adventure game, the action happens in real time: if you sit there thinking of what to do next, things will happen in the game, e.g. creatures will move from location to location.

Screenshots

The Shadows of Mordor Apple II Mordor is ahead
The Shadows of Mordor Commodore 64 Edge of a swamp
The Shadows of Mordor ZX Spectrum Loading screen
The Shadows of Mordor Commodore 64 Dead marshes

Alternate Titles

  • "Shadows of Mordor: Game Two Of Lord Of The Rings" -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Shadows of Mordor" -- UK title

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The Press Says

Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 64 out of 100 64
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 64 out of 100 64
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 4.6 out of 12 38

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Trivia

Cover art

The cover art to the C64 version of this game is by Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith; entitled Shelob, it was first used in Unwin Paperbacks' 1987 calendar for the month of November.

Awards

  • Computer and Video Games
    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Adventure Game of the Year

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