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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.


The Shadows of Mordor Macintosh The text/command screen
The Shadows of Mordor Macintosh Dark tunnel
The Shadows of Mordor ZX Spectrum Sam moves around of his own volition
The Shadows of Mordor Amstrad CPC Title screen

Promo Images

The Shadows of Mordor Other Photocopy of the calendar page.
The Shadows of Mordor Other Image taken from the author's website.
The Shadows of Mordor Other Photo of the calendar page.

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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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 64 out of 100 64
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 64 out of 100 64
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 55 out of 100 55
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 5 out of 10 50
Commodore User Commodore 64 May, 1987 4 out of 10 40
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Sep, 1987 4.6 out of 12 38


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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.


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

Related Web Sites

  • CPC-Power (in French) (for Amstrad CPC: game database entry; package material; manual digitalizations; goodies; advertisement; downloadable releases; additional material)
  • DOSBox, an x86 emulator with DOS (statistics page of compatibility with original DOS version)
  • Lemon 64 (for C64: game entry database; downloadable version; magazine reviews; cover art digitalizations; additional material)
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (video game) (encyclopaedic entry for combined platforms)
  • World of Spectrum (for ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material (including – cassete inlay, advertisement, instructions); magazine references; magazine adverts)
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