LEGO The Lord of the Rings Review – My precious!
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Warner Bros.
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2013-11-07
Developer: LEGO® The Lord of the Rings™ Support
Price: $4.99User Rating:
It is beyond one’s imagination how a toy company like LEGO has grown into an iconic art form with their own electronics, sculptures, movies and even iOS apps. Though LEGO Group have released a few titles of their own, the Warner Bros unit are the ones busy converting their classic movies into this bricked animation games. After the popular LEGO Batman and LEGO Harry Potter titles, we now have LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
If you’ve played any previous LEGO movie games before, you’ll be familiar with the setup. These are more of an entertainment app rather than games, especially when compared to their console counterparts. Of course, there are subtle puzzles, some fighting and alot of adventuring to do, but these aren’t as challenging or difficult as one would expect from a hardcore game. LEGO The Lord of the Rings tells the story of the epic trilogy and the gaming element is just to keep you immersed in it.
We follow Frodo and Sam in their journey to Mordor to destroy the Ring. The story follows the same order as in the movies from the battle of Sauron to Shire, Bree, woods, Elves and so on, till the victory in the final battle of Middle Earth. Each of these regions forms the new levels and we take up roles of other major characters like Pippin and Merry, Aragorn, Gandalf etc.
As already told, the gameplay is mostly adventurous and revolves around exploration of the village and collecting LEGO coins. And as per the movie, you’ve certain goals to accomplish in each area, like meeting Gandalf at the Prancing Pony inn, defeating Sarumon in his castle, escaping Nazgul in the woods etc.
Though they sound scary, the way you do all these is simple or rather cute. Most of the missions are like in Point and click games, where you collect some items and interact with the surroundings to get things done. Each character has their own special powers like burning stuff is for Sam, Fishing is for Merry and Double jumping for Elves. They use their abilities to find hidden items or overcome obstacles and open alternate routes for the other fellow. That sort of reminds me of The Cave game. In addition, certain mini games like puzzles, endless runners and battles are also integrated into LEGO The Lord of the Rings.
I’ve seen the trilogy a hundred times and I knew how LEGO The Lord of the Rings game will be just a retelling too. But what made me jump at the game anyway, is the reputation of gorgeous execution by Warner Bros. At any point of the game, you can feel the effort taken by the developers into each aspect of the game.
First things first, the sound effects are mind-blowing. Each level or area has its own nostalgic and unique track, similar to that in the movie. All cut-scenes and conversations have really tempting voice-overs and occasionally, the original movie track of certain catchy quotes are clipped in too.
The graphics as you know is LEGO-like and has its own charm. For instance, the faces of all characters are made using the LEGO head and yet we can recognize the LotR characters in them, thanks to apt costumes, expressions and hair styles. The inclusion of humor into conversations and cut-scenes is another highlight of LEGO games and finds its place in Lord of the Rings too.
Also, the developers have addressed the replayability issue of the game in a very elegant manner. Thanks to the unique free play and characterizations, once you’re done with all levels, this game will not be just an one gigabyte junk in your device. For example, you see a silver lock in Shire and only Aragorn can break it. But Aragorn will be unlocked only later in Bree and hence the hidden areas remain unexplored in each level. Once all characters are unlocked, you can go back to the free play mode and replay the game to enjoy new areas.
But LEGO The Lord of the Rings is not all goodies. It has some flaws too, which surprisingly are the same as in the previous LEGO-Warner Brother games. It is disappointing that they haven’t learned even after such user demands.
First one is the poor control system. The default controls are so pathetic that you would die once in every 10 seconds. The alternate stick controls are somewhat better but a versatile camera shift control on the right thumb is still missing.
Also, the game doesn’t support saving in between levels. This is annoying especially when the levels are long and you can’t play it to pass some short time or when your battery is about to die.
First of all, I would like to make it clear that LEGO The Lord of the Rings for iPhone and iPad is not a port of the same game for consoles. In fact, they have nothing in common. If you’re expecting to see the action and puzzling of the full PC game on an iPad at a lower tag, you’ll be disappointed.
This game is something entirely different, made particularly to take you through the epic story of the trilogy, in a funny and light-gamed manner. If that sounds something you care about, for 5 bucks this game is a steal. But if you haven’t seen the movies or donot like it, first shame on you and second donot waste your money.
- As with the previous games, the alternate stick control is better than the default one.
- Tap & hold on centre to aim and release to throw objects
- Donot skip the cutscenes, they are the essence of the game.
- Tap on the iScroll pop-up on the right to get relevant informations
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Lord of the Rings fans
What I Like:The concept and humor
What I Don't Like:Poor Controls
Final Statement:If a funny recreation of 'LotR in LEGO' seems interesting, get it!
This game includes many hours of content and cinematics that take up a lot of space! You will need 3 GB of available space on your device if you install over wifi, but only 1.5 GB of space if you download on your computer and then sync.??
As with many large app installations, we advise that you restart your device after installing as this will resolve some stability issues. Also make sure you have installed the most recent firmware.
EXPLORATION: Delve into the world of Middle-earth and engage in epic battles with Orcs, Uruk-hai, the Balrog, the Witch-king, and other fearsome creatures.
THE ONE RING: Wield the power of The One Ring, and enter the Twilight World of the Ringwraiths.
TALKING MINI-FIGS: Experience LEGO The Lord of the Rings heroes come to life in an all new way with the minifig characters delivering the memorable dialogue from the films.
OVER 90 PLAYABLE CHARACTERS: Discover and unlock more than 90 playable characters, including Frodo, Sam, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, Gandalf the White, Sauron, Saruman, Tom Bombadil, Radagast the Brown, King of the Dead, Twilight Nazgûl, Galadriel, Arwen, Elrond, Isildur, and more!
WEAPONS AND MAGICAL ITEMS: Collect and use the Light of Eärendil, Elven rope, swords, bows and a variety of other weaponry and magical items.
DUAL CONTROL SYSTEMS: ?Switch between “Classic” and “Touch Screen” controls to find the play-style that suits you best. ??
ACHIEVEMENTS & GAME CENTER: ??Unlock achievements and connect through Game Center to get the full experience from your Middle-earth adventure.
Article By Roshan
From the first iPod Touch till the new iPad Mini, Roshan has loved each of his iDevices and has been busy tweaking and getting the most out of them. As a Med student from India, he splits his time between studying corpse and writing about his iOS passion. When not on the web, you could find him glued to TV Shows, movies or the bed! Recently, he has taken upon the role of an appreneur and is currently working on a revolutionary new app, Cyan for Facebook.
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