The Order of the Midnight Sun

Player Rating7.32/8

"#3 overall, #1 for 2009"
based on 2962 ratings since 08/03/2009
played 102,649 times (finished 3,152)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length7/8

"It keeps going and going"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.

Blue versus red in a classic battle of good versus evil and right versus wrong.

This is more story than game and a lot more story than anything I've written previously.

There is one true ending (marked by a stirring legend), one other really good ending and there are at least two other legitimate endings. All legitimate endings include epilogues.

Player Comments

One of the first storygames I played when I discovered this site years ago, but never reviewed because I didn't make an account. Now here I am, thousands of days later, and I still have a soft spot for the story that gave me that first high. This is kind of like wiping the dust off an old photo and remembering what was going on the moment it was taken- I'm reminded of the person I was back then, flooded with nostalgia. For that reason alone, I love this storygame and its imperfections.

Playing the story again with a more experienced, mature viewpoint was also a unique experience, and although I love the engrossing, imaginative ideas and mini-lore created by this storygame, I wish there was a bit more polish, and a bit more character development/more complex archetypes.

But I'm not here to go on a nitpicky rant about writing or a self-indulgent trip down memory lane, I'm here to write a review.

The world crafted around this action-packed story is unique and enticing enough that I'm sad there isn't more substance or depth. The story is an epic journey with one hiccup- a tedious maze. Not a hard play, but some choices and their consequences make sure you're paying close attention. One of the storygames that represents CYS for me.

Overall, very worth the time.
-- Akatosh on 9/3/2017 5:05:29 AM with a score of 5221
I certainly did enjoy this story, but this was only because of the idea created by the author. The writing irked me and I have several complaints about it, but I can see why it is a very highly regarded storygame. The one thing that I do not understand is why it is ranked so highly in comparison to other stories by esteemed authors like EndMaster, Berka, and Will.



The writing is very choppy and incomplete, but can easily be fixed by combining some of the sentences to make more complex and structured writing, because that is what is needed with an idea like this.



Each event was nicely placed and wasn't introduced too quickly or too slowly. The attention to detail was nice as well, but a few situations could be changed for a more smooth and fulfilling transition, along with some being slowed down for a better understanding of what's going on.



The writing was nicely detailed, with enough description to give the reader a nice idea of each scene. Some parts though, needed a bit more detail as to not leave the reader confused about what he/she just read.



Some of the conflicts the character faces are a bit extreme, and the solutions even more. I think a different idea could have been inserted for more practicality and have a more clear storyline.



In some situations, I could think of many different choices I could have made rather than being forced to do a certain action. I think a larger variety of choices would make for a better story and a much larger and less linear plot line, but the story wasn't very linear, so congrats to you.



I caught quite a few mistakes in grammar and spelling, which can be solved with some time and effort spent in proofreading, and someone else's help would speed up the process and leave less chance for missing some of the mistakes.

5/8
-- Nyctophilia on 2/22/2017 11:23:45 AM with a score of 0
This game was awesome! I can't imagine how long you spent making it but I am extremely impressed. There were a few flaws like the maze being kind of buggy. There were some places where you could go forward but not back. Got to say, I don't think I've ever seen so many cliches piled into a story before. The young boy who's left orphaned because his parents were killed and his village destroyed. Then there's the generic female character who never really does anything useful and is just there to be the main character's love interest. And of course your character's the stereotypical "chosen one" who's destined to save the world from the day he's born. That said, I kind of liked the cliches in this story. They were well written so that you actually believed them and cared about what the character was going through. Also certain things about the way the story was written give me the impression that it was written by quite a young person, but not in a bad way. More in a way that you just know the writer's going to get better and better as he gets older. Great game, great story, lots and lots of praise. ^_^
-- Briar_Rose on 12/28/2012 5:10:47 PM with a score of 5859
Loved playing it the first time. Loved playing it this time. Although it doesn't seem to have very many paths. Seems to me like it's just one main path. Very linear that's the only part I don't like.
-- nm13757 on 4/13/2018 7:07:06 PM with a score of 5765
WARNING: Contains Spoilers
What a journey! On my first attempt, I actually died fighting Crimson Knights (lol). But on the second attempt, I learned something called 'Running Away From Danger', and went on the beat the whole game.
Overall, I find this game more story than game, but still has a fantastic concept, and an awfully painful moment during a certain event. Good job, keep up the good work.
-- Seventeen17 on 3/28/2018 10:03:15 AM with a score of 5816
Amazing amazing amazing.
Now is the time to see the other endings!
-- MuJin on 3/28/2018 8:58:02 AM with a score of 5820
Not an 8/8 for Artemis dead.
-- Sabesan on 3/24/2018 3:52:30 PM with a score of 5250
Story was definitely fun, but the maze was a terrible idea and should definitely be fixed or removed immediately. I rated this a 5/8, with the maze gone it would have been a 7. The reason it would never be an 8 is because the ending was also a little dissatisfying for me and I didn't like a choice you had to make towards the end and it led me to a suboptimal conclusion.

Also, if you're looking for the answer to the maze, I got you:
36 (Western Entrance) N >
38 NE >
115 E >
117 S >
118 E >
119 N >
120 N >
122 E >
126 E >
146 E >
148 S >
150 (You feel a great deal of power coming from the center which is east and a little south. [don't get excited, they're lying]) E >
151 (You feel an extreme amount of power coming from the center which is east and a little north. You're so close!  [this is also, of course, a lie]) N >
152 W >
153 N >
154 N >
155 E >
161 S >
163 E >
166 N >
167 E >
168 S >
170 W >
178 S >
181 You’ve finally made it. 
-- Azorean on 2/23/2018 1:36:11 AM with a score of 650
Really nice game!
-- Akamiroda on 2/21/2018 6:11:20 AM with a score of 6104
Quite enjoyable, thanks!
-- Rhiannone on 2/19/2018 3:59:00 PM with a score of 6
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