You play as Frodo and Sam. The quest starts with you crossing the Anduin, and ends with you either destroying the Ring, or getting killed by Orcs and/or Nazgul. It\'s pretty hard but there\'s loads of hidden stuff that will help Frodo and Sam on their journey. Shelob is not present (for obvious reasons). If you can find some Orc armor you can even walk among The Enemy without them attacking (they change their diplomacy to ally.), but don\'t get too comfortable: the enemy cannot be fooled for very long. Have fun gaming! Difficulty level MUST be set to moderate or hard, or there\'s no challenge.
The scenario is based on the book Lord of the Rings and you play as Frodo and Sam.
PLAYABILITY: The scenario is frustrating and confusing. I never knew what to do or where to go. The solution was to save game often and play by trial and error. Once I knew the walkthrough, I won in 7 minutes, after killing two militias, playing medium. 1
-The key for a better playability is in the instructions.
BALANCE: Two villagers "fighting" against many militias. I got killed to often, for my taste, to make this a pleasant experience. 1
-If you want to give armour and weapons make sure the player finds them.
CREATIVITY: The best part of the scenario. Probably the first deadly waterfall, the choice of characters, getting captured by taking the obvious path and appearing units. 2
-Your creativity is good, put more effort into story/instructions and map design and your overall rating will increase.
MAP DESIGN: The second highlight, as the author has the talent to do better, but no effort was put into the design. 2
-You know how to do better.
STORY/INSTRUCTIONS: No story, no history, no introduction of the characters, no hints, no scout information, no win or loose screen and your only objective is: "Take the Ring to Mount Doom". I had no idea how Mount Doom looks like or where to find it. The author's description does not help either, you're told that for obvious reasons Shelob is not present and because of the missing hints I found none of the "loads of hidden stuff that will help Frodo and Sam on their journey." I really would have liked to find some Orc armour. In game information tells you that Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli went off in search of Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck, while Gandalf is captured by trees and a certain King got his crown back. 1-
-Not everybody read the book or saw the movie, you should give a summary of the story, explain the characters and a scout section and/or hints would have been appreciated.
OVERALL: I really liked the animated cartoon and the book, but I can not recommend this scenario before it is edited.
@ The Author: Edit your scenario, leave me a note at the review thread and I review again.