Based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, LEGO® The Lord of the Rings follows the original story-lines of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, taking players through the epic story events re-imagined with the humor and endl
User reviews: Very Positive (1,403 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 27, 2012

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Based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, LEGO® The Lord of the Rings follows the original story-lines of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, taking players through the epic story events re-imagined with the humor and endless variety of LEGO play.

Trusted with the dangerous task to destroy an ancient magical ring that threatens all that is good, Frodo is forced to leave his peaceful home. But the ring wants to be found and the road to Mount Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed, will be perilous and riddled with Orcs and fouler things. To help Frodo, a Fellowship is formed —Aragorn the Ranger, Gandalf the Wizard, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Boromir a Man of Gondor, and Frodo’s Hobbit friends Sam, Merry and Pippin. Players relive the legend through the LEGO mini-figures, as they explore wonders, solve timeless riddles, and overcome endless foes in their quest to destroy the Ring.

Key Features:

  • Explore all of 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 story-lines.
  • Experience the LEGO The Lord of the Rings heroes come to life in an all new way with the mini-fig characters delivering the 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 80 playable characters, including Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, and many others.
  • Collect and use a variety of weaponry and magical items, including the Light of Earendil, Elven rope, swords, and bows.
  • Play with family and friends with easy access drop-in, drop-out game play option.

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3, Vista, or Windows® 7
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU @ 2GHz (Pentium D or better)
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8 GB free HDD space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® 7600, 7800, 8800 GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 1950 or higher
    • Sound: 16-bit Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
40.4 hrs on record
I'm very mixed on this one. On the one hand, its a charming and often funny adventure where you re-enact LOTR... with legos! I'd never played one of these lego games before, so I didn't know what to expect. What I found was a fun game with plenty of content taking a serious storyline and making it goofy as well.

...And yet this game frustrated me. Alot. For one, it's a terrible console port. There's no mouse support, so you have to do everything with the keyboard. I did manage to get through this, but it makes playing a little awkward. Worse for me is the platforming parts, where you have to jump around to reach hidden areas or to progress further in the levels. Trouble is the camera can be annoying with this, and it is far too easy to fall off ledges or into water, and then have to try again and again. I got seriously frustrated at a few parts, though ultimately I made it through. I'd call the platforming the worst part of this game.

So it's a fun game with some frustrating elements. This is one of those cases where a "maybe" recommendation would be ideal, but ultimately I'll lean towards "yes" on this one because the good bits outweigh the frustrating bits. Have fun! :)
Posted: June 27
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
I am neither a big LEGO fan nor a big LOTR fan (I mean, I have seen the movies, but that is the extent of my interest in LOTR).

But this game is super beautiful, the game mechanics are easy to grasp, and puzzles while somewhat challenging at times, never held me up for more than a minute or two. The devs has done well to find a way to nearly-constantly trigger my brain's pleasure center (with rewards, sounds, and visuals) that I don't tire of playing it.

I can safely recommend this title to gamers of all ages and skill-levels. :)

Buy with impunity!
Posted: October 12
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
I've played many LEGO Games (Star Wars 1+2, Indie 1+2, Potter). This is my first one where the LEGO figures speak. Quite a change. It is nice and a little sad: The game cites many sentences of the motion picture and yet you do not have the original voices all of the time - it's kind of confusing. Nevertheless it uses very often the original voice acting from the movie. The combination works well. So play it in English for the original voices. The German edition has only new voices, no archive material from the dubbed films. That works also, but you do not get the complete LEGO movie feeling. The strong points are the new dialogues that wrap the story up and introduce minor changes from the original.
The game is fun to play - especially in local coop, but it is not very different from any other LEGO game. Just another franchise with new minifigures and new funny videos. If you just don't have enough you might buy this one. The textures of not LEGO specific things look quite aweful. They should get better game by game and not keep the graphics from 2004...
Posted: June 24
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
5 minutes in and i was already hooked. i am absolutely loving this game. makes me want to watch LOTR again.

it also has a funny twist on things in most of the cut scenes. one of the rare times when i utterly enjoy the cut scenes and wish they were longer.
Posted: September 22
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
As my first Lego game, I chose this one because many people told me it was the best. I was never really all that interested in the series, but I'm looking forward to playing some others after this one.

Gameplay is typical Lego, using the abilities of various characters to solve puzzles and find collectibles while you progress through the story and explore the game world. There are a ton of characters to collect as well, some I don't even remember from the books. This one follows the Lord of the Rings movies, and the majority of the voice acting is taken directly from them so it is very high quality. Cutscenes are thankfully skippable, especially considering you are forced to replay story missions in order to find all the collectibles. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, you will probably enjoy this game.

I personally found the humor pretty weak and often forced, though it is generally considered one of the high points of the series. A few areas in the game really made me wish there was a way to summon a horse so I could move around faster. There are a number of bugs and though most of them thankfully minor a few can be quite annoying. One in particular makes a couple platforming puzzles in the game extremely difficult. When juping across these platforms, the game slows you down in the air so you don't jump too far and fall off. Unfortunately in certain locations, it always slows you down too much, causing you to not jump far enough and fall no matter how far you actually try to jump. This makes it extremely difficult to actually finish what should be trivial puzzles. I have also heard reports of a bug preventing 100% completion though luckily I did not run into that one.

For the technical aspect of the game, it runs mostly smoothly except when loading a new area in the overworld and is very stable; I only experienced one crash in my playthrough. The graphics are nothing special but it's a Lego game, not Crysis. The game does not have mouse support like all Lego games so I would highly recommend playing with a gamepad rather than the keyboard.

I enjoyed this game a great deal, more than I thought I was going to. I can definitely recommend it to anyone who's a fan of Lego games or Lord of the Rings.

My wishlist for future Lego games:
- A minimap (I believe this was added in Lego The Hobbit)
- Proper mouse support with free look
- A way to move faster later in the game
- The ability to skip in-game cutscenes in addition to cinematic cutscenes. Blacksmithing is quite tedious in this one.
- Better autotargeting. This game likes to loose the target when you hit the button to act on it.
Posted: April 27
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196 of 219 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Play this with someone who doesn't do much gaming, and if you both enjoy the license, you will have a blast. You can't die, and it's never hard. Just cute and endearing.
Posted: November 26, 2013
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