The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Common Sense Media says

Epic quest takes back seat to violent hunt.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Graphic fantasy violence, with an obvious attention to death and dying. Grotesque characters as seen in movie, probably not disturbing to most teens.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

An ad for the movie franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is extremely violent with a primary goal of hunting and killing Orcs and other monsters. The intense graphics contribute a sense of realism to the violence. The game does not have strong language or sexual overtones, and the violence is all couched in the fantasy "good versus evil" concept.

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

THE TWO TOWERS is a fantasy action-adventure game based on the extremely popular Lord of the Rings movies. The goal is to let the player become part of the movie, and it succeeds with a combination of intense graphics and strong attention to details. The game allows the player to reenact scenes from the movie or play new ones using hero characters from the movie (Aragorn, Legolas, or Gimli).

As players gain experience, they can upgrade characters with new and complex combat moves. Also, as players advance in the game, they unlock numerous extras about the movies and game, including interviews with the actors and filmmakers, movie photos, and secret missions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This game will be very enjoyable for most teenage players, but what should be noted is the great amount of realistic violence in this game. The game often begins scenarios with movie excerpts, and it attempts to match the violence of the movie both in the size of battles and in the complex sword and arrow attacks. While this game is visually intriguing and lets players join a favorite movie, parents should consider whether they want to expose their kids to this much violence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the violence of the game and movie compares with the book. Do you respond differently to the visual violence than to the description in the book? Why do you think that is? How is it different when you're the one fighting vs. watching or reading about someone else doing it?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 28, 2003
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy

This review of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byofenjen April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 
Adult Written byhorse_gerbil April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

um..duh!

Ok, you pick up the box and on the cover there are three people. One with a bow and arrow, one with a sword, and the other with an axe. Hm..this doesn't seem violent! DUH! Hello? Lord of the Rings isn't My Little Pony! Of course there's going to be violence. But there is no blood, and no gore. Simply orcs that fall to the ground and never get up. It is a chalenging, and difficult game, even on the easy level. I would reccomend it for teens who have some previous video game skills. Not for 10- and beginners.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymikee990 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

11+

This game has a lot of violence, but it's all about fightinh for what you believe in, and that's what makes it worthwhile.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide