Middle-earth: Shadow of War App Reviews

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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

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 .


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.

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 abysmal 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.

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?

Review from a totally F2P player

So I’ve been playing this since launch, I’m still a VIP1...I could be a VIP3 due to free VIP points I’ve earned but I don’t buy gems so I’ve no need of extra power ups and such. It’s now April 2nd 2018 so I’ve been playing awhile. The game, much like any mobile game wants you to spend money. I’ve not spent a dime and on my original server I was ranked 93rd and on the one I just transferred to a month ago I’m 127th...out of thousands. In fellowship events I keep up with other paid players just fine, you just need to ensure you’re farming glyphs and scrolls and saving them for events to help contribute. The game is fun, there’s usually something to do and I’m proof you don’t need to spend money. I was 3rd in my alliance in the last fellowship event and we placed third overall so I’m in a highly competitive group of people and still do just fine. The game is fun, find a good, social fellowship and you will be just fine if you choose to not spend money.

This game is a lot of fun.

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.

I really wanted to like this game, but..

This game introduces a new concept into the gaming world; the MACRO-transaction. You’ve heard of the micro transaction in games where you can spend a few dollars to buy in game items to give you an advantage? Well in this game they introduce a new character every weekend that you cannot do special weekend events without, and they average $200-300 US each! Worse still, these characters are not guaranteed, you pay real world money to roll an RNG for A CHANCE at the character, and then spend $150 more to power it up to be relevant in the weekend event. After the weekend is over, the character is essentially worthless. Seriously, don’t play a game that costs $1,000 a month to be competitive in! I say this for your own good; that’s almost a mortgage payment! You can buy all the brand new, full version games at $60US you could ever play in a month for less than that, why would you waste so much on a single mobile game? Having said that, I will give some specific feedback for those who have not moved on to another game by the time they made it this far into the review. Pros: -good graphics -large set of playable characters -fun for a while Cons -very repetitive -insanely expensive! Didn’t you read what I put above? -expensive characters are regularly nerfed to be worthless, tying to force you to buy the new one every week. Would you pay $300 for a toy you could only play with for 3-4 days? -takes months to grind a worthwhile set of characters -game is reworked on a periodicity equal to the time it takes to make a good set in ways that make the character set you worked on for months useless Ultimately, the game is fun for a little while, but the greed of the marketing behind the game is such a turn off that the fun is quickly replaced by irritation at the fact that you cannot do anything useful without spending more than a person should EVER spend on any game. Seriously, save your money, spend it on your family or girlfriend or use it to go on dates and get a girlfriend or something. Take a nice vacation every month with all that $$. Start a retirement account so you can retire early. Shoot, you could develop a substance abuse addiction (but please follow your local laws) for what this game wants you to spend, even that would be more fun. But please, don’t spend this kind of money on a game. For yourself, for your future, and so game development people will stop the wanton greed they think they can get away with here. Do the smart thing, pick a different game! Trust me- I’m a PhD scientist/engineer and I refuse to afford this game- people pay me good money for my opinions, and you just got one for free. I hope you will use it wisely. Have a great day!

It was once a great game

The game has progressively become an obvious money grab. The rewards have become less and less as time has progressed. Being able to move forward in the game and earn rewards has largely become only possible by using in-game purchases. The costs of playing have become exorbitant. Time to move on. If only the Tolkien estate could revoke the license.

Shadow of war

This game is freaking amazing in my opinion you really need to try it

Love it

A great addition to the collection. Thanks.

P2P and P2W 1.7 update

They killed the orc jobs and nerfed the rewards and made it hard to farm fame , also made it more easy to get inscriptions by paying for it , it’s impossible to play as a F2P guy anymore , thank you for killing this beautiful game with your greed . And I’m not paying for it anymore

it’s a good game no doubt

it does have some issues though i don’t personally like the restrictions that are on characters for warlord battle and now are on orc jobs i personally don’t like how you can’t use your entire roster to complete a warlord battle keep the debuff or even increase it or add more but it limits progress and now you can’t even use half your roster on orc jobs before there was nothing wrong with orc jobs now there are restrictions and to be honest it’s disappointing

Updates are Clunky

Content of the game is amazing. However, response time to in-game issues can take days (if not upwards to a week). There is no compensation for errors or glitches in the game that cause financial losses on behalf of the game player for in-game spend (real $$$). Otherwise, this is a fun time!

Used to be great

Was fun but the last update kind of killed it for me. Everything became far more expensive in in-game currencies meaning you have to pay real money to make any meaningful progress. Undo the last update and I’d be okay with the game again and might give it 3-4 stars.

Review of 1.7

If you are new to the game despite the bugs that keep repeating over and over For those that are old to the game, they will understand my 1 star rating and my reasoning below. Of course, I haven’t seen the whole plan from devs. Perhaps something bright and good is coming. However, 1.7 invalidated a great deal of the work every player put into the game into orcs from before the update. I had already upgraded one 7 star level 80 orc, three 6 star level 80 orcs, one 5 star level 80 orc, one 3 star level 80 orc. And another 6 orcs from level 40 to level level 73 ring 3-5. Callous behavior by the devs to invalidate the work that went in due to the fact that 1. Newer orcs will be stronger. All these previous ones will never be as good for combat since these will have rank 1 skills 2. Most of these orcs are specialized to take down an orc job based on bonus traits. Now many of them are useless for orc jobs as they will not match any of the requirements 3. Questionable rewards of glory and orc job rewards. I’m going to put energy to get that much grog and glory in just to get very little rewards which I could have gotten in the first place with that energy used to get the grog and glory? You invalidate the work I put in, I invalidate your update. I will give the update a 1 star in the app store and I am not making anymore in app purchases Each lvl 80 orc took around 350k grog. 7 star evolve takes around 41k glory. Each 6 star takes 20k glory. Each 5 star 10k glory. You invalidate that, I invalidate your update If any of you others also felt that they disregarded your efforts, I would suggest you join the boycott of Shadow War movement. And I would suggest you give the game a low score on play or app store

Find somewhere else to spend money!

This game is only alive still because it is LOTR themed. The pay to play atmosphere is outrageous and far worse than any other game I have played. $100 will get you absolutely nowhere in this game. Don’t take my word for it, download it and see for yourself. Events are cranked out one on top of another and the prizes are getting worse. Report bugs- goes nowhere... new update has DESTROYED the game! ✌🏼

Forced Update

I have been reading lots of comments with regards to the new update. Because of these comments I am reluctant to update, but now I am being forced to update and have no access to the game. Does Apple allow developers to force updates?

Thank you for playing Shadow of War!

Players are boycotting the new update. Thank you for playing Shadow of War! We appreciate the feedback and are always working to improve the game. What do the generic replies tell you about customer services.

Pure Greed

Every update this game introduces reduces the effectiveness of everything that can be done without paying money, and makes everything accomplishable by paying money. The amount of money demanded isn’t a small amount it’s in excess of $100 / week.

Bring your credit card

Being a LOTR fan, I really do like playing the game. A LOT. But there has always been an undercurrent of pay-to-win. The high score people spend hundreds (or more!) to get there. If you can’t afford it, or if you don’t like it on principle, be prepared to be mediocre for the duration of the game. When you join up, the advancements are great - until you reach a certain point. Then advancement is slow (to the point of non-existent) unless you spend money. The latest update brings in aspects where this has become blatant. There are many current players who are particularly upset with this development. I’m torn because it really is a fun game. Graphics are good, it vaguely resembles Shadow of Mordor, and I enjoy playing. But when I’m prevented from playing unless I spend money, then the game becomes frustrating- and frustration should guide me to be a better player, not a better payer.

Update 1.7

The newest update has probably just killed the game for me. They have absolutely ruined orc jobs and made it virtually useless to send orcs on missions. The glory reward is absolutely horrendous. My lvl 52 5 star orc used to get around 200 glory for the disrupt zog mission and now he only gets 10 glory. They also added class and clan restrictions to the orc jobs which means I can’t even send my best orcs out to get me tokens to revive dead orcs. They are steady throwing out arena and power events every weekend and even before a previous event ends virtually exhausting the player base. The game is on a downhill slide now and is no longer fun to play.

Don't get this game until update is removed.

The game was pretty much perfect before this current update. Some new material would have been cool, but not like this. In the current version any orc missions you do don't give orc exp. you only get 1-8 exp based off your orc. Previously you could get 100+ exp based on orc level. To upgrade an orc star level or captain level it costs thousands of exp points... it will now take you literal months of extreme hard hard grinding or years even just to upgrade 1 star level. 1 level!!! Insane! Not even worth using orcs anymore. 2. You also cannot send whatever orc you want on missions. In fact I'm only able to send 1 or 2 orcs on a mission out of the 20 I have, because all my other orcs are locked. meaning that you can no longer obtain any rewards higher than the first tier... so missions have become absolutely pointless and not worth doing. 3. Any orcs you had before update have become useless. None of their skills get bonuses like the new orcs do. And the new orcs rarely get skills that are useful to their class. 4. Positive note: they added Saruman, shelob and azlaar shards to normal missions. Downside: they removed half of the other character shards they had to make room for these new ones. Currently as the game stands, it's not worth your time and certainly not worth your money to play. If they would fix this god awful orc update, then I'd give it 5 stars and say definitely get it. But as it is now, don't bother. As a player who spends money here, I can tell you I will no longer be doing that to support this game unless it's fixed. Changes are good, but not when the changes are so soooo bad like these ones. Plus there's a bunch of glitches constantly in the arena events that the devs refuse to fix or compensate players for. To not even compensate us or at the very least apologize after we've submitted tickets and complained, just shows the lack of respect the devs have for their players and the lack of care they have for the way the game plays. It's all about profit for these guys. If you're reading this devs, please fix this terrible update you've given us. Before all your big spenders put the game away and go elsewhere. Whoever came up with it should be fired, or at the very least never be allowed to implement a change again, cause it was a terrible execution for an update.

Used to be great, update ruined game

This game used to be my favorite mobile game. I play it every day and am in a top fellowship and am a top player. But this most recent update totally ruined the game. They took everything f2p away pretty much and made it p2p to even be able to compete. And I already pay about $30 a month anyway and even that isn’t enough anymore. Took away all top rewards and orc glory and make you pay for it all now. Devs need to put a stop to this and go back to the way it was pre update

New update is complete junk

Very disappointed in the new update and changes to the game no more of my money will go to this game

I have this game on my Xbox

This game is really fun and even better on Xbox but think you for having it on our phone it’s really easy and u don’t even have to have experience to play it I can just jump in and have a great time and you can also play online.

New update - simply a money grab

Changed all the upgrade dynamics to make the game impossible to level any characters without spending real money. Uninstalled.

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