The Order of the Midnight Sun

Player Rating7.30/8

"#3 overall, #1 for 2009"
based on 3045 ratings since 08/03/2009
played 108,077 times (finished 3,248)

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
One of the best storygames I've ever played, to be honest. Well-written, a great plotline, interesting characters and some fun puzzles and morally grey decisions to make.
-- DarkLord56 on 9/12/2018 11:50:42 PM with a score of 6119
I love this
-- Screener on 8/29/2018 11:21:53 AM with a score of 5784
This is a really in depth story and I absolutely love it! My only real complaint with the story is a spoilier so stop reading if you don't want the story spoiled......you have been warned....

Ok, so the only problem is that if you choose love over power with the falcon god/guy/thing the only option is to die, while if you give up your love for power (arguably the least heroic action) then there is a way where you save everyone? Im sorry but that just doesn't seem quite right.

Anyways, it was a really great story and I really enjoyed playing it, 10/10.
-- Heather on 8/26/2018 5:47:45 PM with a score of 6100
Really good writing, very enjoyable and it is clear as to the amount of effort put into this.
-- William5738 on 8/3/2018 8:20:08 AM with a score of 5004
Good story, not many choices to make though.
-- Steph on 7/22/2018 3:04:58 PM with a score of 6078
I didn't fully explore the story or anything, but the one path I did take didn't seem too interesting. I felt like there was little choices, and the story was way too cut and dry.

---mild spoilers ahead----

Additionally, there were a couple of writing mistakes, such as having me return to my "old" dormitory, even though I chose to live outside the castle. Or having the game prompt me to skip the maze AFTER I'd already completed it.
-- koloja on 7/14/2018 3:54:38 PM with a score of 5845
Literal Enlightenment.
-- chimichanga on 6/4/2018 7:32:33 PM with a score of 5225
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