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
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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
117.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Lordy me where do I even start. This game took my precious money and made an alright deal 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
If you're wondering about buying this: don't. Get the Complete Saga (Star Wars) instead. If you already have that, get Pirates of the Caribean instead. Already have both? Then you don't really need more Lego games.
Here's an actual review:

My opinion for not recommending this game isn't that strong. It's not a "YOU MUST NEVER BUY THIS GAME," instead, "You probably shouldn't get this game because there are other Lego games with more polish." Continue reading if you want to know why I came to that conclusion.
I'll start with the controls. I don't know if the developers completely forgot what made the original Lego games great; it felt like there was a button for everything, though in reality, there were only four. Lego LOTR has an open world, which I'll mention why it's not terrible but was done poorly in the next paragraph. But the controls. There's weird clipping, the different walkable paths have a force field around them, swapping between characters might make you switch to your second character which isn't in the place you wanted them to, the story has weird moments where you can choose which level to play, the playable moments in the levels included some moments which really should of been a cutscene but was changed to a really awkward gameplay part which was required to have two players, . . . oh hey, that wasn't all about the controls. . . . Close enough.
Lego games were great for their simplicity, yet replayability. This was because the player had a static camera, so they didn't have to constantly reposition it. As you can tell, you need to move the camera a lot when you're in an open world, which this game features. Now, I think running around Middle-Earth when it's an open world is awesome. But why was is done so poorly? That's because you have to constantly reposition the camera. Lego games are great for their simplicity of just four buttons (and four more for movement). Adding a moveable camera requires four more. I really like the idea of moving the camera in a cutscene, but when moving the camera is keyboard only being rotated around the character you're playing as, it starts to get annoying. Especially when there's so much stuff that's required (or optional for 100%) in the overworld. A level hub would've been so much better.
And the levels are still a bit too long. Mostly the cutscene halfway through them adds a lot to their length. Not a terrible complaint, since that's pretty much every Lego game.

So, do I recommend it? As you clearly saw when you noticed that this was a negative review, no. If you're a diehard Lego fan that has to 100% every Lego game, then go ahead. For those new to Lego, try a different one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is really nice. I don't know if I want to write an Essay but I am still going to write something. I played this game 2 years ago. It was a nice experience. I don't remember much ,but that doesn't mean that this game is not worth buying. I think that it's the best lego game if you loved Lord of the Rings. If you hated Lord of the Rings than you are probably not going to get some stuff.

This game deserves about 7.5/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I mostly play these Lego games as a pallet cleaner between one major gaming experience to the next, but I think maybe I should find something else to do that for me moving forward. While I do understand that Lego LotR like its counterparts is a children's game, I think I might have gone a bit overboard by buying three of these during the last summer sale. Lego LotR left a particularly bad taste in my mouth compared to Lego Marvel Superheroes since it was full of so many graphical and audio bugs, it just didn't feel as clean of a product. Now, while alone I think the games are fine, I would recommend just sticking to the newest Lego game that comes out as they are all just carbon copies of one another with a different skin. Even if you are a big fan of LotR, the "humor" adding by a Lego game is quite minimal so I wouldn't really recommend that you get this game unless you have a kid who is really into LotR, this is a definite do not buy due to its age and lack of finishing on a audio and graphical level.

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304 of 347 people (88%) found this review helpful
825 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
If you like Lego, buy this.
If you like Lord of the Rings, buy this.

If you don't like Lego or Lord of the Rings, you are possibly a robot. Or maybe Sauron. Buy it anyway.
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210 of 235 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
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.
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157 of 174 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
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!
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180 of 208 people (87%) found this review helpful
510 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
I played as Boromir and simply walked into Mordor.
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142 of 158 people (90%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
This to me was a departure from the slightly old feeling formula of the past games and an attempt to do some new things. I think this game is definitely a fun game even if there are annoyances to be found.

The game uses audio from the movies, which is good and bad for me. The audio is well done and as always it is nice to hear those familiar voices, but it does kill the humor and creativity of a lot of the cutscenes. I wish they had went back to no audio for the voices.

The character wheel in game is useful but can definitely be cumbersome as it becomes an extra step in getting to the full roster, which when you have a lot of characters of when free roaming is very important.

The questing is crap to me. Making me go back again to other levels and get items is not fun, it is boring. This is a feature I think was fixed well in more recent Lego outings.

The mythril equipment was very good and I think brought creativity to the game, especially with the musical shoes and the Disco Phial.

Combat was so so, I actully thought fighting would be improved for a game like this but it was the same.

Level design was done well and I think encapsulated those scenes very well. If not for the many game breaking glitches and the ability to somehow get 1 or 2 extra minikits or items over the limit effectively keeping you from reaching 100%.

Overall I would recommend this game with a 7.5 / 10. The newer games have improved this formula but this one is left in that time between old and new.
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76 of 79 people (96%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
Though it might seem to dismiss all the hardwork of the developers who make them, when I play a Lego game I’m not expecting to be so much impressed or surprised as I’m looking for a particular sort of fix. Over the years developer Traveller’s Tales has refined a very particular mold with which they create each Lego game, perhaps changing a few things here and there to fit a particular license, but largely sticking to now ubiquitous design principles that have shown themselves to be resilient and endlessly applying to practically any franchise.

And honestly I’m pretty alright with that. To me, Lego games are a bit of a gaming standby, something you reach for when you want a familiar, easily enjoyed experience kept fresh by whatever new skin has been fitted on it. It’s one of a few series I’m largely content remaining as it is, and from what I can tell that’s a sentiment shared by most people who play Lego games.

In a lot of ways then Lego Lord of the Rings is what I expected and wanted it to be. It transforms a franchise I’ve a great fondness for into adorable bricks, giving me a world to run around and destroy (to then build up again), while getting to revive three movies I know by heart in a new way. The addition of voice acting surprised me in how quickly I grew used to it and valued its inclusion, something I was concerned about prior to playing but found helped in retelling a rather complicated story that grunts and chuckles would have had difficulty in doing. In its levels Lego Lord of the Rings is mostly indistinguishable from any other Lego game, and as such occupies a space that you likely already know if you want to take part in.

The bad news is the outside of these levels, Traveller’s Tales has made some less than desirable changes to the formula. At first it was a welcome refreshment to the series, adopting a more traditional RPG design with a sizable open world, quests given out by NPCs, minimal crafting, and an equipment system that does away with removes the need for specific character skills. The more I played around in this system though the more I became bored and frustrated at its simplicity and tediousness.

While there’s a definite largeness to Lego Lord of the Rings’ world, much of it is empty and bland. The sparseness of locations and characters within this environment creates a feeling that there’s less here than there actually is. There is a huge amount of stuff to do and collect in Lego Lord of the Rings but getting to it took me through such a dull vacuum of space that eventually I couldn’t bring myself to be bothered. Lego games have traditionally been exceptionally adept at making me want to seek out absolutely everything that’s been packed inside them, but here it was only ever more dots on my map and the area stretching between them.

With the lack of vehicles (even horses are difficult to come across) or flying characters, the size of Lego Lord of the Rings’ world became a huge detriment to me wanting to continue playing it. The vague questing system made things worse by making it difficult to even know what direction I should be heading in. When I began to spend hours running around finding nothing and coming away having barely moved the progress bar, my enthusiasm with continuing the collectathon dissipated and the overwhelming number of things still left to find weighed down on me enough to ensure I had no desire to go back.

I don’t wish to imply that Lego Lord of the Rings is a bad game, and if you’re the sort of player who only cares about the critical path then it’s as recommendable as any Lego game. The problem is the portion I’ve always considered the core of a Lego game - the scouring of levels for every last doodad and thingamabob to arrive at that satisfying 100% - was insufferably tedious and drawn out. With the ridiculous number of other superior Lego games to choose from, Lego Lord of the Rings feels like a tough sell, even as a huge fan of the source material. I admire Travellor’s Tales willingness to try new ideas with the game, but in this case it amounts to more of an example of how strong the Lego formula already is and that tampering with it isn’t nearly as foolproof.

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11.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
more lego try 100% but never do
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11.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
Will successfully make you nerd out.
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14.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
It's short, but very followed by the real movie.
It's fun for one time so buy it for no more than 5 dollars.
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Jacko Trigo [THE FNAF GOD]
57.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
Its good
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5.9 hrs
Posted: October 22
Nice graphics
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27.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
Another good lego game.
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9.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
One of the best Lord of the Rings -titles!

Very addicting and I personally like that there are lines from the movie and not just grunting and moaning.

Co-op is super fun!

Some minor bugs here and there, but nothing game crashing.
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Tahu Goreng
41.3 hrs
Posted: October 13
Lego: The Lord of the Rings is a game that exceeded my expectations. That said, I was not expecting much when I bought it when it was on sale. However, I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish by the amusing cutscenes, and enjoyed the easy-going nature of the game. As a fan of the books and movies, I have to say that this is a game worthy of them. The art direction is beautiful. I think that the world of Lego and Middle-earth was well melded.

Certain drawbacks would be the inability to roam around freely to other parts when the storyline has not been completed. I found myself having to multi-task (as a single player) to get the treasure boxes. But this doesn't draw away the fact that this is a really fun game. I'm going to go back to the game and find friends to play co-op with, and roam about with, too.
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