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ZOOM the Lord of the Rings
The Fellowship of the Ring
$19.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Retail) (LORDRINGPR)


Publisher: Black Label Games



Join the Quest to Destroy the One Ring!

The Dark Lord has arisen. A Fellowship is formed. Now the future of Middle-earth lies in your hands. Play as Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn as you overcome perilous obstacles and battle the forces of evil. In your journey from the Shire to the River Anduin, you will explore beautifully detailed environments and meet many characters brought to life as described in the book. Prepare to play the greatest story ever written...from the beginning.

Following the storyline of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, this 3rd-person action/adventure lets you play as part of the fellowship on a journey from the Shire to the River Anduin. Faithful to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, you will explore the massive environments of Middle Earth while solving puzzles and fighting enemies like Orcs, Black Riders, and an evil Balrog in the quest to destroy the fabled One Ring of Power.

Features:

Play Different Members of the Fellowship - The player will be able to control Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn, each with their own unique style of gameplay.

Multiple Styles of Gameplay - Gameplay will alternate between melee, archery, sorcery, and stealth.

AI Controlled Party Members – Work in conjunction with artificial intelligence controlled party members to overcome obstacles, complete quests, and destroy the enemy.

Environmental Puzzles – Solve puzzles that challenge the player’s mind and skill.

Frodo

Requirements:

Windows 98/2000/Me/XP: Pentium III 600, 128 MB RAM, DirectX 8 video card (32 MB video card with single pass, multi-texturing and T&L), DirectX 8 compliant sound card, DirectX 8 or higher, 800 MB hard drive space.


Reviews:

Quandary Review by Rosemary Young

"The game opens in The Shire. The graphics are impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Bag End and Hobbiton, I only missed being able to interact with more things. On the whole I thought these locations and others such as Bree, the Barrow Downs and the Mines of Moria did a pretty good job of representing Middle Earth. The ambient sounds and music are also very good with howling wolves, chirping crickets at night, hollow footsteps on stone, and the music pulsing (or whispering as the case may be) to suit the situation. And some of the creatures will give you a fright. I jumped out of my skin at Weathertop after confronting my first troll, and every one after that set my heart racing. The Dark Riders, too, made an impression, especially when Frodo slipped on the Ring and revealed their demonic faces."

"So all in all the fighting isn’t too arduous. It’s probably not to the taste of serious fighting fans. This is one of those games that will most likely appeal to those who tread the narrow path between action and adventure and dabble in a bit of both. Although having said that it doesn’t really fit into the adventure genre. Apart from the restoratives there are very few items to collect, and otherwise there are just a few levers and ladders in the mines to vary the fighting. In fact my immediate impression after the opening sequence, when the objectives for the first portion of the story were clearly communicated to the player as on screen instructions, was that this game was for younger players. With this helpful practice continuing, coupled with the simple fighting and the way you are lead through the game, this is the impression I retained to the end."



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