Middle-Earth Quest

Sauron the Great, the Dark Lord of Mordor, has returned to his ancient fastness of Barad-dûr.

This stunning game is a bit different in that it explores the period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Instead of following the events of the books, you control new characters like a hobbit, a captain of Gondor, a hardy dwarf, or an elf. The core of the game is perilous questing, but of course one player is Sauron and has numerous minions and monsters at his command with which to foil the characters’ plans.

In a way, it is a bit like two different games in one; but the ‘good’ and ‘evil’ game mechanics work beautifully together to create a memorable experience, even though it can sometimes end with a ‘Ringwraith smackdown’ ending. Combat is card-driven and atmospheric, and the game brings an entirely new perspective on the events of the books and widens the focus out into a world of adventuring and one-on-one combat. Definitely a stand out from the usual crop of adventure games.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Sep 2013 1.3 Very minor formatting changes
May 2010 1.2 Fixed slight error in the Heroes Explore > Choose a Dark Path step
Feb 2010 1.1 Added missing information about placing influence in extension of Shadow Strongholds to first page
Feb 2010 1 Original release

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