If you're looking for an easy short game then you might like this.The playability wasn't bad ,could be spruced up .The main characters are villies ,and the trails through the woods were narrow,and clicking ahead was difficult,as they kept stopping to chop wood.The game balance is lacking as i already mentioned , it was an easy game ,ie, when "strider" fought the"Nazgul",he hardly received a scratch ,and their hp was over 2000 making each battle a long wait. There was some creativity ,especially after they crossed the two lane bridge.The map design had some nice features like the trip through marshland. There is very little in the way of a story tho ,it was only after i beat the game that i found out i had brought the rings to Rivendell. All and all it was still entertaining.
Posted on 12/27/03 @ 12:00 AM
PLAYABILITY: This was Lord of the Rings! Yet, don't get too excited, it was a boring campaign. The first few scenarios were hell (pardon my French). All I did was lead Gandalf from one end of the map to another with no enemies or obstacles. Virtually the same occurred for Frodo; though the last scenario is decent, when you meet up with Strider and must fight the Nazgul (Ring Wraiths) to get to Rivendell.
BALANCE: Can you spell E-A-S-Y? The first few scenarios were simple and required only the skill of moving a unit from point A to point B. The last scenario (fighting the Nazgul and a few intermittent "bandits") was also really easy, though when I started the scenario i thought it would be hard. Seeing the Nazgul with 2000 HP's can be daunting, but remember that they have low attack and Aragorn can easily take them all out without hardly losing any HP's. He also regenerates.
CREATIVITY: The maps were interesting and you at least covered Gandalf, and your last scenario was creative, so you earn a solid "3."
MAP DESIGN: Subpar until the last scenario. Your choice of Hussars as Nazgul was cool, and you put a lot of effort into making Bree and Rivendell, so that last scenario earns you the points you get here.
STORYLINE: Virtually nonexistent, which is too bad. You could've added a lot of story stuff easily. That's probably my biggest knock on most campaigns; they lack in depth stories. Just adding a few sentences would've earned you a 2 or 3.
CONCLUSION: This is a very mediocre at best campaign, but I would reccommend you download it ONLY if you're a big LOTR fan and are looking for some action in Middle Earth.