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Lords of Mid­night (Ap­ple App Store, $ 6.49, Google Play $ 5.99)

Way back in the dark ages of my gam­ing past, I played a game on my ZX Spec­trum (for those younger read­ers who have no idea what I’m talk­ing about it was a Bri­tish-made com­puter that you loaded games saved on cas­sette tape us­ing cas­sette player, and it had rub­ber keys) called Lords of Mid­night made by a guy called Mike Sin­gle­ton. Hon­estly, it was a game that was ahead of its time and earned the cov­eted 10 out of 10 score from in­flu­en­tial Speccy mag­a­zine Crash. It would also turn out to be one of the best games I played on my Speccy, ac­tu­ally. It was an in­cred­i­bly deep ad­ven­ture game where play­ers ini­tially started with four weirdly name lords: Luxor the Moon Prince, Morkin the Moon­sprog, Cor­leth the Fey and Rorthron the Wise as they em­bark on a quest to de­stroy Doom­dark, the Witchk­ing of Mid­night, and it re­quired lots of pa­tience and thought and pa­per (in those days you had to jot down the map as there wasn’t one in-game). I loved it but sadly my Speccy doesn’t work any­more – but be­fore his un­timely death, Sin­gle­ton and Bri­tish de­vel­oper Chris Wild were work­ing on an iOS, Black­berry and An­droid ver­sion which has now been re­leased by Wild as a trib­ute to Sin­gle­ton. So, while new Lords of Mid­night cap­tures the look of the orig­i­nal game’s graph­ics, com­plete with lim­ited colour pal­ette (but with much crisper and brighter vi­su­als to suit HD dis­plays), has no sound, like the orig­i­nal, and is still a tough game that re­wards the pa­tient who have hours to spare, it’s brought some new features for the touch­screen gamers, like swip­ing the screen to change your view point, and a map icon that will dis­play the world map. Lords of Mid­night is still an in­cred­i­bly com­plex game and won’t find favour with gamers seek­ing fast-twitch re­wards, but for strat­egy fans of the orig­i­nal it’s a nos­tal­gic trip down me­mory lane.

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