Lord of the Rings

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Category: Games
Sub-Category: RPG
Platform: Super NES, MS DOS, AmigaOS, NEC PC-9801, FM Towns
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Wikipedia: Lord of the Rings
First release: 1990

Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, also called Lord of the Rings Vol. I) – a role-playing video game based on The Lord of the Rings, created in 1990 by Interplay Productions and published for Amiga and MS-DOS. Versions for the Japanese FM Towns and PC-98 computers were published by StarCraft Inc.

The sequel J.R.R. was released in 1992. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Vol II: The Two Towers (but not for Amiga). Furthermore, in 1994 Interplay released a J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Volume 1 for Super Nintendo, but quite different from the computer game.

The plot of the video game traces the story of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and more precisely its first part, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Frodo, a Hobbit of the Shire, possesses a cursed Ring that belonged to Sauron, a powerful lord of evil, defeated many years before. However, he is not yet completely destroyed; he simply does not have a body, but his spirit continues to exist as it is linked to the Ring that gave him his enormous powers.

To get his body back she will have to get his ring back and with his mental powers, she will send entire legions of orcs to get his ring back.

To prevent this from happening, the Hobbit will have to destroy the Ring in the only way possible: throwing it into the lava of Mount Doom, the volcano overlooking Mordor, the ancient kingdom of Sauron.

The gameplay system of Lord of the Rings is that of a real-time role-playing game with a top-down view. The structure is similar to that of The Legend of Zelda, with a setting full of monsters, treasures, missions and objects to recover.

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