Parents' Guide to

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Darker rendition of the fantasy classic a little stale.

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It's important for fans of the console version of LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS to realize they're not getting the game they know with this version. Based on the Nintendo DS version, this is a stepchild of sorts for the franchise, missing some of the features that made the console version a hit. It's still a fun game, but it has some weaknesses.

If you're expecting the humor that usually accompanies Lego games, it's a bit harder to find here. With the source material so dark, the developers adopted a more serious tone. And if you'd like to play a fraction of a level at a time, forget it. "You shall not save" (mid-level) seems to be a theme. Sounds are mostly lifted (sometimes obviously) from the film's soundtrack. And if you don't know the LOTR story already, you won't have a clue as to what's happening. The action is what you've come to expect from a Lego title, though: The schtick is getting a bit stale, but it's still pretty good.

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