TT Games continually makes good use of source material with the LEGO franchise, and LEGO Lord of the Rings is no exception. It released in 2012, and despite its quirky aesthetic, it’s actually one of the better games set in the Lord of the Rings fiction. Dozens of characters can be unlocked from across Tolkien’s rich history, and the seemingly endless supply of collectibles is not only a warm invitation to explore Middle-earth, it’s also a reason to stay.
Lego The Lord of the Rings is a Lego-themed action-adventure video game developed by Traveller’s Tales, that was released on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The OS X version of the game, published by Feral Interactive, was released on 21 February 2013.
Based on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the game follows the original but spoofed storylines of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, taking players through the epic story events, “re-imagined with the humour and endless variety of Lego play”. The game utilises music and voice acting taken from all three films of the film trilogy. Developer Traveller’s Tales has stated they toned down the slapstick humour found in other Lego-licensed titles. The game follows the events in the films; however, like the Lego Star Wars series, some scenes from the films have been altered to become more family friendly or just provide comic relief to the player.
Throughout the game, players can also collect and use numerous magical items, including the Light of Eärendil, Elven rope and a wide variety of swords, bows and other such weaponry and armor familiar to the films. New character abilities include the lighting up of dark places (Frodo, Gandalf, Radagast and Saruman) and being thrown at objects and to locations (Gimli and Gloin). Each character has their own inventory, which usually consists of weapons and quest items. Some characters have items with abilities that are either character-exclusive or available only to a small number of characters. There is also an inventory shared by all characters, which includes all Mithril items as well as collectible items located throughout the open world and all the missions, all of which feature a large variety of weaponry and abilities. The game has a total of 18 levels (plus a bonus level upon completion), as well as a hidden ending, which is unlocked after 100% of the game is complete. Combat involves the player attacking enemies either through basic melee combos or firing projectiles, either through aiming or pressing the shoot button. However, if the player and the enemy are both using swords, they may enter a brief sword fighting sequence involving the player pressing the fight button. Throughout the game, some parts of both the story and the open world can only be traversed or completed by using special items or abilities. These abilities include fishing, shooting, collecting water, explosive, invisibility, breaking Mordor bricks, light, and jumping high.
In the open world mode of the game, the player controls 2 changeable characters and is allowed to freely explore the game world, which spans the entire world of Middle-Earth minus Mirkwood and the lands south of Mordor. While players primarily travel on foot, they have the option of using Fast Travel through the Map, which transports the player to any location they’ve been to and allows the player to change the time of day. They also have the option to ride horses at specific locations throughout the game world. Throughout the map, there are several notable locations, including the Custom Character creator at Bag End in the Shire and the Blacksmith in Bree, who creates items using the player’s Mithril Bricks and Blueprints. While in free roam, the player can unlock and buy characters by finding them throughout Middle-Earth, defeating them in battle, and then buying them for a varying number of Studs. However, for other characters, the player has to complete puzzles to find their character tokens, at which point they can be bought through the character selection screen. There are also many different side quests scattered through Middle-Earth, which usually consist of having the player find a specific item. Upon finding the item, the player is usually rewarded through Extras, which grant the player special boosts. Also scattered throughout Middle-Earth are Blueprints, Mithril Bricks, and other collectibles.
- Explore the open world of Middle-earth and experience epic battles with Orcs, Uruk-hai, the Balrog, the Witch-king, and other fearsome creatures.
- Wield the power of the Palantír or Seeing-stone (‘one that looks far-away’), and jump between multiple storylines.
- Experience the LEGO® The Lord of the Rings™ heroes as they come to life in an all new way, delivering the classic dialogue from the films.
- Collect, combine and forge new items in the Blacksmith Shop using Mithril, the most precious metal in Middle-earth.
- Discover and unlock over more than 60 playable characters, including Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, and many others.
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