Shadowfax (video game)

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Video game
DeveloperMike Singleton
Sean Logan (ZX Spectrum)
PlatformBBC B
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Release date1982
GenreArcade action[1]

I don't know how many got sold, but I got about £6,000 in royalties! I mean it was about the best rate of pay I've ever had!
—Mike Singleton[2]

Shadowfax is a commercial, unlicensed arcade action video game released in 1982.[3] The primary designer was Mike Singleton, who later worked on Interplay's J.R.R. Tolkien's War in Middle Earth.[4][5][6]


The graphics of the moving horses came from Computer Race, an earlier game by Mike Singleton (which was cancelled due to the United Kingdom's betting laws), and were in fact taken from the photos of Eadweard Muybridge.[2]


The player is Gandalf, riding on Shadowfax; the objective is to kill the chasing Nazgûl with lightning.[3][7]

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  1. "Shadowfax", World of Spectrum (accessed 29 December 2014)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roger Kean, "I BET TOLKIEN DID THE SAME", Crash Online (accessed 29 December 2014)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fredrik Ekman, "Shadowfax", Tolkien computer games (accessed 14 August 2011)
  4. Fredrik Ekman, "War in Middle-Earth", Tolkien computer games (accessed 4 December 2014)
  5. "Mike Singleton", World of Spectrum (accessed 29 December 2014)
  6. José M. Fernández, "El Anillo interactivo" dated 17 January 2012, Meristation (accessed 29 December 2014)
  7. "Shadowfax", GiantBomb (accessed 14 August 2010)