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About the Product
- The game features: two books worth of storyline
- near-3D graphics
- popular characters
- familiar middle-earth locales
- single-player action
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By now, anyone who doesn't know at least the basic story of Lord of the Rings must be living in a cave. Hobbits. A Ring. A Quest to Take the Ring to Safety. Evil Riders. This game has them all.
The graphics are really pretty stunning. The little Hobbiton village, the forests, it all gives you a real sense that you're in Tolkein's world, interacting with the characters. Combat is simple turn-based stuff. You do a lot of message-delivering and mushroom-gathering.
Now, for the bad part. First, the game is very directional. You must get Item A from Spot 1 to Spot 2. Receive a coin. Take a message over to Person C. Get a cabbage. You gather a few coins by raiding your friends' homes and then steal their crops! Not very nice.
And when you've found these few items, you're stuck. There's no way to find more. If you want a third dagger for your party, sorry, the vendor only had 1. If you want to kill more Big Dogs to get your characters better at fighting, nope, you killed the only Dogs in Town. You roam the area looking for more things to do, but you are forced to trudge along to the next area.
Which leads to the REALLY bad part. Just about every single person I've talked to about this game has complained of severe crashing problems. The Mines of Moria are particularly notorious for crashing a lot, but crashes happen elsewhere as well. A crash can easily destroy hours of very tedious back-and-forth plodding.
A good game to borrow from a friend to see if it's your type of game, but be prepared to save early, save often as you get into it a bit.
Add to that fact that the game is horribly buggy. Gimli turns invisible in one quest, sometimes the elves don't give you items you need, and I've yet to meet anyone online who found a way out of Moria without the game crashing.
Don't buy this waste of a game. Save your money and either wait for one of the other Lord of the Rings games coming out this Christmas (The Two Towers) or buy Golden Sun or Castlevania instead. This is a prime example of a great license going to waste.
This game should never have gotten through Nintendo quality assurance. It's buggy -- you can't even get through Moria without the game freezing. And that doesn't mention all the problems with item cloning, invisible characters, music cutting out, and impossible quests.
Even if the game was bugfree, it's awful. Combats take forever (and aren't any fun, since your characters never hit), and the best parts of the book are skipped over, like Weathertop and Amon Hen. Moving your character on screen is like steering a drunk elephant. Seriously.
If you're looking for a good Lord of the Rings experience, buy the PS2 Fellowship version (skip the Xbox one), or EA's Two Towers games (either GBA or PS2).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
even this one is not so attached to the details of the movie, as is the 2nd part of this videogame, the two towers, juswt reviewed, it is a nice role playing game, i liked it a... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Ricardo D pech Lorenzana
This game is an abomination and I regret every cent of the five dollars I spent at the bargain bin. I've played and beat this game through trial and (t)error, because I bought this... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by WeirdRaptor
This game does not work. All of the other reviews about the game having multiple glitches are spot on. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by knowltonium
The premise of the game sounded great- a GBA version of LOTR. Just what I needed to relive the fun of the movie. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by ChibiNeko
I am a huge fan of Tolkein books and lord of the rings especially. This was actually a pretty fun game for a while, I can't complain, I bought it in a bargain bin for $5 bucks, and... Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Derek Sadler
This is an okay game. There are two reasons why I didn't like this game.
1.The game flow is WAY too slow.
2.It is not challenging. Read more
This game is pretty fun, but it has quite a few problems also. The directions are really hard to understand. Read morePublished on December 16, 2004
This game is more based on the book then any other lotr game. But the battles are terribly slow, some items don't work, things that the game promised are taken out, the graphics... Read morePublished on December 14, 2004 by David Zampino Jr.