The Lords of Midnight: 8 bit

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Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this game

An 8-bit style remake of Mike Singleton's 1984 classic adventure game "The Lords of Midnight". The remake remains as faithful as possible to the original game, while adding touch screen controls for the Android platform.

Released under licence, for other versions of the game see the official homepage at

You start the game with 4 characters: Luxor the Moonprince, his son Morkin, Rorthron the Wise, and Corleth the Fey. By recruiting other Lords in the land of Midnight you must defeat the evil Witchking Doomdark in his fortress in Ushgarak.

The Ice Crown is Doomdark's greatest weakness, as well as the source of his terrible power. Help Morkin find the Ice Crown and discover a way to destroy it, ending the battle once and for all.

The game ends when either:

* Morkin and Luxor are both killed
* Morkin is killed and the Citadel at Xajorkith falls

In order to claim victory:

* the people of the Free take Ushgarak or
* the Ice Crown is destroyed


* touch the lower half of screen in "Look" mode to move or change the view, touch the centre to move forwards, touch the left or right side to turn around.
* touch the upper half of the screen in "Look" mode to go to the "Think" screen or the "Select Lord" menu. Touch the shield to select a Lord, touch the text part to go to the "Think" screen.
* Think screen: touch the upper half of the screen to go back to the main view, touch the lower half to go to either the lord selection or to the "choose" menu.
* Select menu items by touching them


* Back: will take you to the previous screen. Back on the title screen will exit the game. Back on the main view will take you to the save menu.
* Volume Up/Down: Save a screen shot
* Home: back to the Android home screen (unused)
* Any other buttons: unused


Q - move forwards
R - think
T - choose
E - look
U - night
S - save
D - load
1-8 - change to face direction

Letters and numbers on menus indicate the appropriate keyboard shortcut for that option.

Write to SD Card permission is required to save the screen shots.
Updated on
Nov 14, 2015

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Ratings and reviews

231 reviews
December 23, 2020
Once you get used to the screen controls (as opposed to the spectrum keyboard overlay!), your in for a retro treat. Absolutely stunning remake, has me wishing I kept my maps. Download if you remember the classic original, if you dont, download and see what 48k games were made off. Pure class and epic challenge.
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July 27, 2020
A very good and authentic remake of the speccie game I spent many hours (probably days) on as a kid. A very nostalgic experience. I only didn't award 5 stars because it is difficult to find some of the navigation pages, otherwise very good :D
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David Oliver
May 3, 2020
Great retro Spectrum game. Loved playing through it again. If you like this read the book by Drew Wagar
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What's new

version 1.9:
* fixed crashes when saving or loading (android 5.0+)
* fixed a bug that would cause some erratic Doomdark army maneuvers
* add sensor-based landscape orientation changes (android 2.3+)
* use immersive mode (android 4.4+)
* for immersive mode, added "go back" option to exit menus without having to swipe-in to show the Android back button
* added some gestures, swipe to look left/right, long press to show load/save menu
* removed support for devices running 2.1 and earlier (sorry!)