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The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth



Excellent and addictive.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Battles, no blood

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a battle game but it's about strategy more than anything else. Yes, it's all fighting but as T games go, this one is less bothersome than many -- no blood, no close-ups. It's easy enough for inexperienced kids to get hooked, yet it becomes quite challenging tand keeps kids playing. This game has an online option; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.

What's it about?

Drawing from all three Lord of the Rings movies, players can command any of their heroes and armies as they battle for control of Middle-Earth. This is a real-time strategy game that allows players to choose their armies -- Gondor, Mordor, Isengard, or Rohan -- each of which comes with its own heroes and villains.

The game allows the player to be good or evil and control one of four groups each of which has its own playing style, resource management, and base-building techniques. The game is played across a three-dimensional Middle-earth map. The armies express emotions, cheering each other on but also becoming enraged at times. Players can challenge each other with the online multiplayer component.

Is it any good?


The standard strategy options are all here, but what really makes THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH so captivating (besides the excellent graphics and sound) is that the game invites the player into the battlegrounds of the movies. It's an intimate battle game without being too violent. Ultimately, this game is an imaginative kid's dream.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they find so compelling about the game and tryto use it as a way to get the kids to read the original books.

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:December 6, 2004
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byskyheart15 February 11, 2010

Exellent game, appropriate for ages 10 and up

Awesome game. It does have killing, but it is from a strategy stand point, with no blood or gore.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byMi3 February 5, 2011
What other families should know
Too much violence