Middle-earth: Shadow of War App Reviews

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Good game but

PvP is ruined by the horribly unbalanced Saruman. Every game usually has 2-4 of 8. Money is used 10 times faster than its earned. Not really worth it in the long run. And then it matches up a 74k power team against a 48k power team. Update: removed a star. Hackers now dominate PvP. 5 instances of heroes reviving more than once.

Must play

So yeah 😄 I can’t help myself with this game. My sec time back . First time playing this game didnt draw me in because I like games more Hack and slash . But my Sec time around I couldn’t help but try out being in a guild. for a loner it was not bad 🤔better then I thought . As a gamer with full time family life and welding job. It’s hard to find games that don’t need ur full attention 24/7 . Only thing I have problems with is keeping up with all of the personal and guild events. I love this game . Keep up the amazing work.

Fun game

I love the pve and pvp arena fun game if you are willing to pay to win. That it costs over $200 for a new toon is a bit ridiculous. You can grind for life and not get one for free

This game is a lot of fun.

Edit: The game has basically become unplayable. Anything you do is haunted by people either exploiting loopholes in the system or outright cheating with movement mods. I have reported a ton of cheaters, but I see more and more people doing it. Unless you are cheating yourself, you are doomed to fail. At least half of the players that you can find in a pickup group are cheating. You are lucky to find one player on you team who is alive. Original review: You may be wondering why I gave it one star... loot boxes, loot boxes, loot boxes. I would HIGHLY advise never spending money on this game. The top players spend at least $1,000 dollars each and can't even get most of the unlocks. This game is so focused on loot boxes that it is pointless to try for anything. That part of it aside, this game is amazing. They have a lot of opportunities for free gems. You can use them for buying cash to level up your guys or extra energy to play longer. Don't waste the free gems on the loot boxes. I got lucky once getting Gandalf, but that was it. I will continue playing this game because of how enjoyable it is. If they toned down the loot box mechanics some, I would absolutely spend real money on it.

No hobbits

Game is awesome but there are no playable characters such as hobbits. There should also be different variation in characters like Gandalf the white as well as other characters like Faramir.

Review By just an Average Joe

The game is decent, mediocre quality at best, Intended to be a mindless Grind. It’s free so those stupid loot boxes are Ok, but let’s be honest it’s a total rip. They haven’t updated with Apple’s policy and won’t show their drop rates. Also even on event plantiers the game still has Glyphs ( being basically character shards or pieces of the characters. In other words you don’t even get the full character. The only time His is ok is when you already own a character) as a reward, fundamentally the game short changes you, or at least me every time. I’ve worked for months to get 3,000 of those green gems. You can only get 50 a day besides their apology emails, without spending real currency. This is frustrating as 3,000 gives you ten shots at the Plantier. I spend mine on the event plantain that has increased chance of a certain character. ( Celebrimbor) I didn’t get a Single character. Technically I did get one but I already owned the character so basically more character shards. Even on their Black Gem plantier, which you get gems regularly for completing events the game short changes you with Glyphs. And Again you can’t see the rates. These games bug me because I can’t just out right but what you want or earn them. Now the game has a system where you can earn character Glyphs however at low levels is niligible and does not run for the more powerful characters which guess what, are locked behind loot boxes. So honestly I’m done. I can’t get the Witch King or Helm, I tried to get Celebrimbor and the game gives me 6 Glyphs out of 75 and now I’m out of opportunities to run the boxes again. I gotta say I’m done. I’m stuck with the same characters and the game Blocks me whenever I try and get some new ones. Game Works fine some of the orcs do seem sketchy with how hard they hit sometimes. I remember a nemesis orc with a hammer a destroyer class, he pretty much would one Shot my party with his ability sticky Bomb which at level 20 for some reason did like thousands of damage, but I digress. The Mobil game like the console games Touts the Nemesis system. However it’s bs. Yeah it’s gotta be dumbed down for mobile but orcs only come back when killed in a pit fight and past that they’re generic besides their combination of abilities. None of them are unique I’ve seen 20 Uruk killers 2 moltens and I see a Poet spawn every go. I’ve played the game since it released And The only good part is the orcs, but you can only make them kill each other, assist you or go on missions you can’t even see! Seriously the results could be determined in a minute at max but it still takes like all day or 12 hours. They’ve added a few characters, but have stopped for some time now. Given only so much content had been made with the LOTR license due to the 6 movies made. When compared to Starwars and Marvel and Other shows. However the only big thing they added since it’s come out was the arena and the Balrog fight. Which hey use in advertising. The big problem here is it just isn’t impressive. It’s all about health bars in the game. While there is a way to strategize and maximize effectiveness it essentially becomes a slap fight to make your character hit harder or reduce his damage or speed. Anyway game works well, runs fine no glitches it’s just bland and doesn’t do anything inventive besides find ways to be frustrating and deny you the new characters they add to the game.

Low rating do to lack of updates :(

I am a long term player of SoW mobile. I started the day of the launch, and I'm now a level 85 VIP 9. I've clearly invested in this game like thousands of others, but with how much the dedicated players support this game, it's sad to see the developers not coming out with new content or any updates to fix bugs / provide balance changes. Here are some of my biggest concerns with the game: (1) The last "big" update (1.8) was three months ago, and it provided very little new content. (2) No new champions are being released. A while back, the developers were releasing new champs at a decent rate, but now nothing... (3) The only way to get the exclusive champs is to spend hundreds of dollars on the Palantir! There's no free-to-play way to progress in this game efficiently. (4) PVP is still extremely broken. Orc power is not taken into account, so a low level team can go in with one overpowered orc and destroy everything. (5) The campaign is entirely too difficult. Just like the console version of SoW the end game is ridiculous. The fact that I have maxed out champions and still can't get past required stages to attain certain rune fragments is just absurd. The campaign needs to be fixed. (6) What is up with the $50 and $100 upgrade for certain champions? You only get 15 or 30 glyphs for purchasing those... That's being money hungry at its finest. (7) The chat system in the Fellowship is atrocious. You can send a message longer than 5 lines in Fellowship chat or in Fellowship mail, so it makes it extremely difficult to coordinate with your team. (8) When you post Fellowship Arena matches in chat, the lobby should not be treated as a normal chat message because it can get lost in the conversation. When arena matches are being hosted in the Fellowship, the lobby should be automatically pinned to the bottom of chat. Additionally, if the members are in one lobby, they should be able to switch to Fellowship chat and see if there are other lobbies open. Currently, you cannot see other lobbies if you are already in one. (9) A lot of champions need buffs/nerfs. There are plenty of champions in the game that are very unbalanced. Examples: Celebrimbor is everyone's goto because he has high attack speed, dps, and accuracy. He's a little too powerful. Other characters like Zog and Witch King have horrible accuracy and attack way too slow. There's plenty of ideas I have for an overhaul of the entire champion system, but I'm sure your developers could come up with the necessary adjustments. (10) Inscription Fragments are extremely difficult to attain past ring 11. Some of the Fragments can only be rewarded through the high campaign stages -- which are near impossible to beat. (11) Mirian is very hard to stockpile / grind. It not only costs extreme amounts of EXP Tomes to level up champs past 80, but it also costs way too much Mirian. There are only 2 warlord events to farm Mirian, and the only orc mission that give you Mirian hardly provide any as a reward. I could continue to rant about all my qualms with the game-- but truth is--I love it no matter what. Even though you don't update your game, myself and thousands of others are dedicated fans. I think you simply owe it to us to provide new content once in awhile. I hope you take this into consideration. Thank you. - Anthony

Casual Fellowship (guild) game

You will get much farther with a guild. -energy regen to do stuff; so, for my mates and I, play 10-20 in morning to get dailies done, Discord if there’s events going on to help each other out, and repeat in evening +you are able to switch realms -spending money > grinding There are some heroes that are only available by buying, as well as, their runes/becoming more powerful +able to brand orcs to fight with your 4 man crew -you will never be able to catch up with the best... they play longer and will spend more

Deleted with 42k+ gems & 100k+ Ithildin

I’ve been playing this game on my phone since before the PS4 game came out, and while I honestly think the game is fairly well done, it got to a point where I just couldn’t overlook some of the more prominent issues in order to be able to continue with this game. I really don’t care enough to outline all of the problems since many have already been mentioned by many other reviewers, but the last straw for me was the absolutely awful balancing issues in PVP. Without writing a novel, PVP is essentially broken due to an exploit which requires a fair amount of coordination, and the top tier fellowships (clans) are the only ones that utilize this strategy consistently. Sure, you could simply just not play during the PVP events, which come about every 3 days, or spend countless hours grinding away to join one of the few top tier fellowships which actually stand a chance in 4V4, but this is what causes the game not to be fun IMO. Between this and other game events being plagued by players trolling and griefing others without any form of checks and balances by the game admins/devs, I only anticipate the worst for this game going forward. So, despite being in a top 20 fellowship, having stockpiled over 42k green gems, 30k black gems, 100k Ithildin, reached over 125k player power, and maintained Ithildin rank consistently in the fighting pits, I came to the realization this game is just not enjoyable anymore. Quite the contrary if you factor in my feedback above along with some other things other reviewers have criticized. Maybe when the developers actually fix some of the issues myself and others have mentioned and submitted countless reports for, this game may revert back to a state of enjoyment, but it’s just too late for me.

Game play

There are bugs but generally ok.have problems sometimes receiving rewards,and being compensated for lost resources because of game malfunction.but is a very fun game would still recommend it

Good but one more thing

Can you try to add a feature where you can recruit the regular orcs?

Great Game

I love this game!!!

It’s fun for a bit, but take your time and money elsewhere

It’s fun to learn and play this game for a bit, but then they started changing the game mechanics in the arenas and everything went off the rails. There’s so many issues with the arenas now that it basically isn’t worth your time or money to play much anymore. And they’re “opps sorry” rewards are lame as well. When you go to collect them they never show up in your account. Take your time and money elsewhere

Unkept promises

The game looks promising play as well. That’s where it ends. WB is terrible at communication And game maintenance. Flaws are a constant. Arena broken at time. PvE broken or terrible scaling of difficulty. No reward for broken game. I think the greed of this corporation is just to noticeable to forgive.

Bugs not addressed

In the month and a half since the last update the game has been experiencing more and more bugs which have gone unfixed. Support tickets are completely ignored. This week alone all the events have undergone a bug which has limited their playability to the point where it was worthless to continue playing. Presently the pvp arena’s scoreboard is not reflecting actual play totals. Milestone and hero rewards are not being given out even after they are reached. And the report feature has been disabled to the point that you when/if you attempt to report the bug you are ejected from the game and return to a connection failure notice. WB obviously no longer cares about this game nor the customers who continue to play and pay to do so.

Work To Be Done

While I enjoy the game purely as an escape from reality, there is a gross amount of tweaking that is required before I spend anymore money. Increase drop rates for desirable characters. Fix the public match making system for Arena - right now it is hilariously horrific (getting stuck with anal cream pie eating players). Increase regeneration rate for Arena energy - horrible to wait 24 hours only to be stuck with players who can’t play and then you lose out. The Orc updates are enjoyable, however. With that being said, good luck on generating revenue with what you’ve got thus far because you’re greedy mfers!


This game started out pretty good but keeps getting worse and worse. Rewards reduced for events. Difficulty increased while rewards stay the same on others.No help with issues. Devs don’t seem to care about bugs/ cheaters/ bots. And while I have been playing for awhile this game is now almost impossible for new players to do anything. Has good potential if problems are fixed but I doubt it’s going to happen.

It’s an ok game

Been playing it casually and it’s ok. I thought it would be a better game but it’s ok. Leveling takes awhile.

Terrible game management

The game is fun but they make changes without telling us, miscalculate difficulty of events, cancel events when the problem get out of hand. Zero respect for users, they just keep us tied to the game because we are sorry for the money invested. It feels like teenagers are in charge.

Game is going downhill fast

This is a very fun game but lately there have been some horrible decisions made by the developers. The latest is greatly increasing the difficulty of the arena for no apparent reason, other than a money grab. With the level increases the resource bottleneck continues to get worse. The cash spent for gems to buy mirian, grog, etc. is only worth a fraction of what it was due to increasing amounts needed to level champions and orcs. Worst of all, communication to the players has been non existent for weeks. No updates, fixes, or new characters have been added recently. It seems like WB has abandoned this game. It’s a shame too because they have extremely popular characters and a great base to build on. Too bad they have given up on the game and just want a few more bucks before they shut it down.

Middle Earth: WB’s Lust for Money

WB team needs to be canned. Customer support is a joke. I have played this game for 8 months or more and starting this month, WB’s greed has hurt its user base more than they can possibly imagine. They constantly nerf your characters, the updates to the game hurt more than they help. There is no real control over bots/emulators. In their most recent stunt, they’ve increased the difficulty of an already difficult game element, trying to seduce players into spending more. Hypocrisy that a VIP 15 would tell you to not spend money? Save your time and money or buy some lube and get bent over by these clowns. Despite multiple tickets, I’ve learned one thing: WB, does not care about you or issues in the game. Prior to June I would rate this game a 4/5(there is massive room for improvement). The most recent (behind the scenes) changes are obscene and not what I’ve paid for. Devs, I hope Sauron finds you before the players do. He will be kinder.


It’s a promising premise. Great for community battles. Character development if not always fair and even is still interesting. Of course you can speed up things by doing micro transactions but yes there are alternatives. Watching ads to get some free in game currency. But recently the devs stopped caring about little players by simply upping the ante so that you can only survive by buying and going top tier. No matter how many support tickets have been issued in days there hasn’t been any feedback or support at all. Nothing has changed. This game will die because it decided to kill its players rather than keeping it an entertaining piece of art. A real pity. That’s why the downvote. I would love to pay 5 dollars and get rid of those disgusting micro transactions. So for now one star. I would even give it minus one if I could. Very bad decisions devs.

Lone Wolf

Good game but player vs player needs serious work. People get really ticked off when they blow 300 energy and lose three matches in a row with zero to show for it. Why don’t you guys do something like call of duty does and award half the experience points for the losing team and the winner gets full ? I’ve talked to several people and PvP is hated for this very reason. Also it’s very unbalanced on the power scale. Make it fair like PUBG and you will see a lot more interest. People are spending money on this game and don’t like to see zero return for their hard earned cash . No response from you guys and your PvP is still broken ! Do you really think players are going to spend cash on 4x4 player vs player energy recharges for a horribly constructed event? In addition it’s glitchy, unresponsive, and quite boring to be honest !


This game used to have potential but, with updates, they have turned into complete rubbish. It’s monotonous in every aspect, impossible to succeed without spending copious amounts of money, and even if you do, they move the bar or add a completely new bar to try and force you into needing to pay more with any hope of advancing. The “pvp” system is about the worst I’ve ever played, and the customer service, especially in terms of listening or responding to players, is nonexistent. Literally the only redeeming quality is the link to Lord of the Rings and the champion pool is maybe only 50% real characters. Leave this game, and never come back.


It’s a cool game wish people was more active in guilds though but that can’t be helped

So fun

Enjoy yourself! If you like LOTR then you will love this!!

Pay or suffer

The game is heavily P2P, getting 1 character will cost you 50$-100$. All modes are heavily catered to whales. It was a good game, but they had totally ruined it


This is a good game if you know how to play it. I have no found a tutorial on how to play the game and how the different affiliations work still fun to play even if you don’t know what you are doing.

Dont do it

Honestly this is a great game however dont bother playing it, you will get screwed by the devs who decide to reset events mid way through because they made a typo..... you will lose your gems, death tokens, grog, time, self esteem, training orders, recharges, tower refreshes, basically everything that costs a lot and the response from the devs is basically Meh.... deal with it....

Typical pay-to-win money grabber

This game could potentially be fun and has the makings to be great; however, all of that is overshadowed by the obvious ploy to force players to spend actual money to advance. I have no problems with games that include micro transactions. The problem comes when that is the ONLY way you can progress. After a couple of levels your characters become obviously weak and it’s impossible to advance them with the absurdly small amount of gold you are able to get. It’s ridiculous and one of the few games that makes no effort to hide being pay to win.

Great game

This a great game. I am a huge lord of the rings fans so I enjoy playing this. I only have one problem. The difficulty increase way too fast and your characters aren’t good enough yet. But overall this is one of my favorite games.

It’s One of My favorites

This game is a pretty good (whatever ya call these types of games). You can get new characters, you can have an army of orcs, and I wonder what the actual console game would be like, it already looks more promising than this game. Which is a good thing. I think. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Way too much pay to play!

Really unbalanced! I hit level 9 and can’t do anything without spending a bunch of real money. It’s really bad.

Bad database management skills.

They have very bad account management system. I had to reinstall the game because of new update, but lost all the progress in the game. Their support was very reluctant to fix the issue and did not made much effort to help me. I am very disappointed that they told me to start from level 3 while my account was on lvl 78. I don’t even think that they considered the time I put on the game. The game was fun though. Thanks!!


The game is a simple concept but that’s part of it’s appeal in my opinion. However, much like everyone else I only have 1 major complaint, this game is not a free to play friendly model. After you reach around level 20 progression grinds to a stop, it is nearly impossible to progress in this game without spending a ton of $$$ which is probably why everyone tends to delete it and why it has yet to make it up there with games like clash of clans and game of war...those games have something in common...you can actually progress and play without needing to buy anything...this game is a money grab and until that is fixed it won’t grow much more than it already has

Overpaid Developers

Like all, I have played many F2P games and have zero issue with in-app purchases. I’ve also played this game for many months now and watched it evolve into a very P2P oriented game. The captivating concept of unlocking exciting characters gets lost when even paying $150 gets you halfway to a new one. I respect games that put forward a grind and get rewarded element but even in arena mode you are capped quite severely and cannot grind as a F2P player. Time limits you. I title this review as such because of the continual P2P elements introduced with horrible implementation. Like clockwork when an arena shifts over week to week or the devs have tweaked something but not enough to be a version update... the game crashes on android or iPhones. Take your pick. In life, we all get paid to do our jobs successfully, these devs are making a killing and have yet to prove being capable of consistently refining the game to be more complete. Steer clear in my opinion. It’s a money pit with no signs of advancement. Regression only.

Updates are terrible

Still don’t understand why so many people APPEAR to like this game. Last 3 updates, and I come back for a trial each time, have been terrible! More functions that don’t work, even more unstable connections. Arena is just a cluster f**k! Your hero’s just randomly go crazy, ignoring your commands. And 3 out of 4 losses of connection happen just as your about to win, so no credit received. Not by accident then must be intentional. And what can anyone say about the new PVP arena? Where the developers dropped on their heads when they were babies?!? Couldn’t have screwed up worse if they’d tried! Almost impossible to win even one round and the rewards are as lame as they can be! Probably designed for their rich clientele, idiots who spend $100’s! Play another game, any...other...game folks, this one IS hopeless!

Middle earth Mordor

The game was great until the p v p arenas. Ranged champs become op and tanks and support without ranged are at major disadvantage. Enemy ranged with almost no heal can outrun tanks hitting them from behind. A lot of players have the p v p because the champs they leveled are gimps now.


I love this game but please be warned to truly enjoy it in full, you will have to spend a few dollars. 81/2 out of 10. Have Fun

WB Requires FCC and Gaming Commission Oversight

Zero stars. This “game” is no more than a gambling app wrapped in a pay-to-play package. WB should be ashamed of themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn Martin Shkreli was just elected to their board of directors. What a sorry group of dirtbags.

Pay attention.

Pay attention to your servers and forums. The chat spam is getting out of control.

Whats up with update

This last update is frustrating with game. Not being able to get power up in arena battles has cost me gems and energy. It takes to long to save energy so its aggravating when banking on healing and other power ups to win match . Other than that this game usually is issue free. Just upsetting losing gems

Palantiris; To the developers; please respond.

So annoying. The palantiris are so unfair and it's always just a waste of gems to play them. I feel the palantiris should have more characters and character glyphs, that way you have a better chance of getting what you want. They say "the early bird gets the worm," but I'm not the worm, because I accidentally trapped myself in a realm that doesn't speak English. I can't get out because I don't have enough gems to free myself, probably because I spent them all on Palantiris that don't have any of the things I need or want. I don't mean to sound like an unthankful jerk but it's just that I'm in a bad mood and had to write a review. I'm just really upset and really wish there would be a change. My goal is to try to get a legendary character, but no, I have too much bad luck to get what I need. Ever since I first saw Zog the Eternal, I have been after him and other characters since. You don't understand how hard it is to have to deal with the bad luck that I have. I don't mean to be too emotional, it's just that I'm in a VERY bad mood and really wish this could be heard. I really want to prove myself wrong about me having the worst luck ever, it's just hard. Sorry it's just hard. I am like, on the verge of punching myself. Again. No I'm not six or two, I'm just very angry and annoyed. It just hurts, okay? It just hurts, knowing that no matter how hard you try, you always have to fail. I'm trying my best to get a legendary, especially like Zog, and other legendary Dark characters. It's just hard and I wish it would change!!! 😡👿🤧😨😰😢😥😭

Good Game but...

Sometimes they release updates at the worst times. For instance, an event starts and that requires and update and then they release an update without a splash screen telling you there is an update or forcing you to be on the current version of the game and then it causes confusion and makes the event harder. Other than that the game is evolving and sometimes the developers listen to the fan base. When they do it makes it worth it.

Game bugs made me lose over 100$

The server issues and bugs made me lose iap worth 100$ or more but the devs are greedy as **** they won’t add back the lost purchases and nor will refund anything. This game is as good as an scam! I have written a dozen emails but each reply is “Ticket closed”.

Still waiting for certain champs to be viable

Still getting stuck in arena public with npcs that grab the power ups at the worst time can you make them avoid it completely. I’ll give a better detailed response after trying update 1.8

Great game

It is a great game, but if you have no t read all the books I would not recommend it because it has spoilers.


My last review was a one star due to the lack of high end character gathering/rewarding the players. Well the developers have redeemed them selves by allowing black gems to be earned from events and allowing them to remain permanently. This is the best thing you could have done. The fact I got glyphs from 11 openings and didn’t receive a single base character glyph made me happy. They are still a challenge to grind for but is worth the grind and difficulty to obtain. Thank you developers for listening to your players.

These packages are just dumb

You’re wanting to charge 100$ for not even a champion. You need to seriously reevaluate your purchase system. I would gladly plop out ten bucks for a champ and no ith or extra vip. The way you have it no real chance to buy in for a fringe player. You want to entice people to pay in to this game actually make what they’re buying worth it.

Fun game but can’t switch between iPad and iPhone?

I started on the iPhone and am enjoying the game and graphics. I also installed it on my iPad and it wants to start me at the beginning?

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