The Lord of the Rings, The Third Age Game Boy Advance

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Comparable in many ways to Fire Emblem, The Third Age betters it in many ways, offering a more in-depth character management system, deeper tactical options and a greater variety in mission objectives.
  2. Nintendo Power
    82
    The story is very engaging. [Jan 2005, p.140]
  3. Game Informer
    80
    A pure strategy game, I loved the combat's flank system, where you receive a semi-random amount of command points to spend on actions per flank. [Feb 2005, p.125]
  4. If you are looking for a challenge and do not care that the game isn’t teeming with personality, then it is for you.
  5. 60
    It at least keeps with the theme and style of the LOTR videogame universe, and offers a different take from the past two LOTR games from Griptonite. But it's just not nearly as fun or polished as the team's "The Two Towers" and "Return of the King."
  6. 60
    Merely an interesting take on The Lord of the Rings license instead of the great game it could have been. [Jan 2005, p.103]
  7. Cheat Code Central
    50
    It's challenging and there are strategic elements that rival that of Fire Emblem but it fails miserably to capture the essence of the Rings movies. Basically it's a generic turn-based strategy game using the Rings in the same way that kart racers attach to various franchises.

Awards & Rankings

#29 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 2, 2016
    10
    This game is hands-down one of my all-time favorites. Extremely addictive, and it follows the source material fairly well. Very reminiscent ofThis game is hands-down one of my all-time favorites. Extremely addictive, and it follows the source material fairly well. Very reminiscent of Fire Emblem, it can be very challenging or very relaxed, depending on what you look for. It also introduces the element of flanks, with heroes granting a range of command points that inserts some uncertainty in the mix. With hidden content that you must fight on harder levels to unlock, this game packs a whollop, and is sure to keep you entertained for a long time. Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2013
    10
    Its impressive that this game is more difficult than Fire Emblem but yet still be fun. This game isnt for everyone, be prepared for a bit ofIts impressive that this game is more difficult than Fire Emblem but yet still be fun. This game isnt for everyone, be prepared for a bit of rough around the edges even though the look and sound and presentation of it is impressive for a GPA game Full Review »
  3. lordellephino
    Oct 27, 2007
    10
    The only bad quality of this game is how it makes you choose form three awesome caharacters right from the start. I wish just wish I could The only bad quality of this game is how it makes you choose form three awesome caharacters right from the start. I wish just wish I could use Gandalf and Aragorn in the same battle. Otherwise it's outstanding. Five stars. Full Review »