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Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. 70
    Most distressingly, inventory management is a total nightmare; identifying and using a healing ’shroom is an amazingly laborious process.
  2. It ain't particularly exciting, but it ain't exactly bad, either. [Dec 2002, p.272]
  3. While LOTR hits a lot of highs, the overall quest and gameplay are just a little better than average. It's a strong rental. [Spring 2003, p.40]
  4. 60
    Then there's the TERRIBLE fight sequences -- the book's magic may not be as flashy and constant as a Final Fantasy game, but at least the hack-and-slash could have been more engrossing.
  5. Rings strikes me as a game where the developers seized on the most immediate details (that of the visual scenery and all the supporting cast) and suddenly lost scope of the entire game.
  6. 60
    Delivers much of what fans might want from an RPG. And the graphics and music are sweet. But there's a lot here to make players sleepy as well.
  7. Rather than pressing left to walk left proportionately with the landscape, you must mash the diagonals, ultimately wearing an indelible groove into your thumb. [Nov 2002, p.103]
  8. I found the interface to be more problematic than most games of this genre.
  9. What could have been a nice game for LOTR fans instead became a lesson in frustration because of the bugs.
  10. A few small sub quests (such as delivering a message for someone) do not lift the title out of the sea of mediocrity it’s floating in.
  11. Features characters and situations that are missing from the recent film adaptation. [Dec 2002, p.222]
  12. I think I'd rather have Gandalf turn me into something unnatural - like a hairy newt - rather than play this game again. [Dec 2002, p.150]
  13. 40
    Remarkably enough, the controls are worse than the graphics...If you're looking for a great Tolkien experience, go to your local library and read the books.
  14. It is slow, annoying and simply boring.
  15. It’s plagued by poor design, flooded with glitches and fails to capture any of the drama or emotion present in the book or the movie.
  16. The entire game is so unpolished and full of bugs that it's unfathomable how it ever passed quality assurance in the first place.
  17. One of the buggiest games ever released for the GBA, if not one of the buggiest games ever released, period. One flaw even makes it impossible to complete the game.
  18. 15
    One of the worst games I have ever played. It is an underdeveloped, bug-ridden title that is an insult to Game Boy Advance owners and Lord of the Rings fans alike.

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