After giving the likes of Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones the LEGO treatment with exceptionally successful results, it’s now the turn of Middle Earth’s finest to get a plastic makeover.
Players will get to experience events from all three films and, just like Frodo and Sam, journey in pairs as they tackle riddles and battle monsters on the way to the jewellery-destroying hotspot of Mount Doom.
Gamers can step into the plastic shoes of a range of their favourite characters including Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir and the hairy-toed trio of Sam, Merry and Pippin.
One Brick to Rule Them All
As they travel through locations including the Misty Mountains, the Mines of Moria, the Black Gate of Mordor – and lots of places beginning with ‘M’ – players will also come up against Tolkien’s nastiest creations.
Fans of the series can look forward to seeing brick versions of those terrifying Ringwraiths, who remain just as menacing even with a detachable midriff. And that’s just the beginning, as gamers face off against Saruman, orcs, Uruk-hai, the Balrog, mountain trolls and the evil spider Shelob – none of which look any cuter just because they’re now rendered in LEGO form.
Players can utilise the power of the Palantir or Seeing-stone to jump between multiple storylines and collect and create new items in the Blacksmith Shop, with available weapons including the Light of Earendil, Elven rope, swords and bows.
A new free-roam mode will allow up to eight characters to explore the map and take on the marauding trolls who happen to be strolling around the area.
The cutscenes will remain faithful to the films – even including the original dialogue and actor’s voices – whilst including the pinch of humour that is now synonymous with LEGO video games.
With Hobbit-fever rapidly growing ahead of the new movie, LEGO Lord of the Rings should maintain the brick’s golden run in a title designed to please Hobbits of all ages.
LEGO Lord of the Rings arrives hot on the tail of the toy range inspired by the series. Released in September, the moments depicted in the range include the likes of Gandalf’s arrival and the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
A pre-order bonus from Amazon will see eager fans receive codes for extra Middle-Earth characters including Sméagol, Beregond and Sauron of the Second Age, plus weapons such as a troll mace and a whirlwind axe.
Back to Middle-earth
The arrival of LEGO Lord of the Rings couldn’t be timelier with a new movie just a month away. The first in a trilogy, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives on UK screens on December 14th.
LEGO City: Undercover
Lord of the Rings isn’t the only LEGO?title on the way. Next year’s LEGO City: Undercover for Wii U?puts players in the shoes of an undercover cop in a title billed as ‘LEGO meets GTA’.