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Midwinter (Atari ST)

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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 Atari ST A village.
Midwinter Atari ST The team menu.
Midwinter Atari ST Main options menu.
Midwinter Atari ST Title screen.

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Midwinter Magazine Advertisement

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It's all about atmosphere Roland Frost (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Winter wonderland Neepie Lantern (535) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

ST Format Apr, 1990 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1990 96 out of 100 96
The One Feb, 1990 95 out of 100 95
The Games Machine (UK) May, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Zero Mar, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Tilt Mar, 1990 18 out of 20 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1990 10.4 out of 12 87
ST Action Sep, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Jun, 1990 66 out of 100 66
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 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"

ektoutie (542) added Midwinter (Atari ST) on Oct 26, 2003
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