J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (1990 video game)
|The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I|
|Developer||Interplay Productions (MS-DOS), Chaos Studios (Amiga)|
|Publisher||Electronic Arts (UK), Interplay Productions (rest of the world)|
|Platform||Amiga, Commodore 64, MS-DOS|
|Release date||11 April 1990|
Interplay started developing a fantasy RPG, which was not set in Middle-earth, in the late 1980s. After Interplay obtained the license for creating a video game based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the game was scrapped and redeveloped as an adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring.
The player starts as Frodo Baggins and can obtain the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring (except Boromir) as they progress through the main story. The player can switch between characters to decide who leads the Fellowship, equip other party members with a range of weapons and armour, distribute skills among the group, cast spells, and perform various skill-based actions. Whilst progressing through the main story, the player is able to complete several side-adventures and revisit previous locations, during which new characters, quests and objects can be discovered. The game also included a day/night system. At night, some enemies are stronger and there is a greater chance of encountering the Nazgûl than during day-time.
- Frodo Baggins
- Samwise Gamgee
- Meriadoc Brandybuck
- Peregrin Took
- Aragorn II
- Gandalf the Grey
The game opens with some cut scenes from Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings. The player starts as Frodo Baggins in Hobbiton and must first travel to Buckland before crossing the Old Forest and the Barrow-downs. In the Barrow-downs the player must escape the Barrow-wights with the help of Tom Bombadil whilst at Rivendell you must collect the pieces of Andúril, which can be found in the surrounding lands.
After the player escapes the darkness of Moria they must search the gifts from Galadriel. When Frodo Baggins is captured in Dol Guldur the remaining members of the Fellowship must then free Frodo with help from Radagast the Brown and the Elves of Lothlórien before the Witch-king arrives and brings the Ring-bearer to Mordor and the fate of Middle-earth is lost.
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- J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings for the SNES
- J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II, its sequel
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Giantbomb (accessed 1 January 2011)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Fredrik Ekman, "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Tolkien computer games (accessed 1 January 2011)
- ↑ José M. Fernández, "El Anillo interactivo" dated 17 January 2012, Meristation (accessed 28 December 2014)
- ↑ "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I", Moby Games (accessed 1 January 2011)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Alexa Ray Corriea, "THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A HISTORY OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS IN VIDEO GAMES" dated 23 September 2014, [www.polygon.com Polygon] (accessed 28 December 2014)