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|}}'''J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I''' is the name of two different video games published by [[Interplay Productions]].
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|}}'''''J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I''''' is a video game from [[Interplay Productions]] for the SNES.<ref name="Tolkien Games">[http://www.lysator.liu.se/tolkien-games/entry/lotr1-nintendo.html The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I] at Tolkien Games (retrieved 18 March 2011)</ref> Originally it was planned for release on the [[wikipedia:Nintendo Entertainment System|NES]]<ref name="Moby">[http://www.mobygames.com/game/snes/jrr-tolkiens-lord-of-the-rings-volume-one The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I] at Moby Games (retrieved 18 March 2011)</ref> and the [[wikipedia:Game Boy|Game Boy]], but these were cancelled.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/>
 
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== PC ==
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The game was released in [[1990]] for the PC. It was originally for the Commodore 64, but the production team switched to the newer platforms.
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== SNES ==
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A version of the game, described as "a totally different design and thus a totally different game", was released in [[1994]].
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== Gameplay ==
 
== Gameplay ==
  
The player begins the game as [[Frodo Baggins]], and progressively acquires the remaining members of the fellowship, with the notable exception of Boromir. With the addition of extra contollers and the SNES Multitap, the game supported up to four players (provided there were currently four characters in the party). Any characters not controlled by the player(s) are contolled by the computer AI.
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The player begins the game as [[Frodo Baggins]], and progressively acquires the remaining members of the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]], with the notable exception of [[Boromir]].<ref name="Gamefaqs">[http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588449-jrr-tolkiens-the-lord-of-the-rings-volume-1/reviews/review-47922 Gamefaqs], The OTHER Lord of the Rings game (retrieved 18 March 2011)</ref> With the addition of extra controllers and the SNES Multitap, the game supported up to four players (provided there were currently four characters in the party). Any characters not controlled by the player(s) are controlled by the computer AI.
  
The game progresses through a series of "fetch quests" in which the player must explore vast environments to retrieve items relative to the game's story. These items are often simple trinkets that have been misplaced by the game's non-player characters (NPCs). Much like the book, the game begins in the [[Shire]], the land of the [[Hobbits]]. The game's plot takes the player to various locations from the book, such as the village of [[Bree]], the elven city of [[Rivendell]], and the [[Khazad-dûm|Mines of Moria]]. Unlike the book, however, the finale of the game is the fight between the [[fellowship]] and the [[Balrog]] creature in the Mines of Moria (the first book ends significantly later).
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The game progresses through a series of "fetch quests" in which the player must explore vast environments to retrieve items relating to the game's story.<ref name="1UP">[http://www.1up.com/reviews/lord-rings-volume-1 1up], The Lord of the Rings Volume 1 SNES Review (retrieved 18 March 2011)</ref> These items are often simple trinkets that have been misplaced by the game's non-player characters (NPCs). Much like the book, the game begins in [[the Shire]], the land of the [[Hobbits]]. The game's plot starts at [[Bilbo's Birthday Party]], where you've to find [[Pippin Took|Pippin]],<ref name="Moby"/><ref name="Gamefaqs"/> takes the player to various locations from the book, such as the village of [[Bree]], the elven city of [[Rivendell]], and the [[Khazad-dûm|Mines of Moria]]. Unlike the book, however, the finale of the game is the fight between the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]] and the [[Balrogs|Balrog]] creature in the Mines of Moria (the first book ends significantly later).<ref name="Gamefaqs"/>
  
Although the game is entitled "Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1", no sequel was ever released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Although the game is entitled "''The Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1''", no sequel was ever released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.<ref name="Tolkien Games"/><ref name="Moby"/><ref name="Gamefaqs"/>
  
 
== Reviews ==
 
== Reviews ==
The game was poorly received in a 2004 1up.com review, citing poor AI and hours of "lengthy and boring" fetch quests.
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The game was poorly received in a 2004 1up.com review, citing poor AI and hours of "lengthy and boring" fetch quests.<ref name="1UP"/>
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Based on 24 reviews of the game at GameFAQs.com, the game received an average rating of 4.875 out of 10.<ref name="Gamefaqs"/> Many reviewers described the game as "pointless" and "stupid", especially with regards to the game's "fetch quest" structure and poor A.I. which causes characters to "''...frequently wander off and die, or [to] get stuck on the scenery [to be] left behind.''" The game was also criticized for its expansive environments that are extraordinarily difficult to navigate. The game was originally packaged with maps of the major dungeons of the game but, due to most used-game retailers not requiring such materials as part of a trade-in, most people purchasing the game second-hand have no access to such information.
  
Based on 24 reviews of the game at GameFAQs.com, the game received an average rating of 4.875 out of 10. Many reviewers described the game as "pointless" and "stupid", especially in reference to the game's "fetch quest" structure, and poor A.I. which causes characters to "...frequently wander off and die, or [to] get stuck on the scenery [to be] left behind." The game is also criticized for its expansive environments that are extraordinarily difficult to navigate. The game was originally packaged with maps of the major dungeons of the game, but due to most used game retailers not requiring such materials as part of a trade-in, most people purchasing the game secondhand have no access to such information.
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==See Also==
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* ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I (1990 video game)|J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I]]'' for the [[wikipedia:Personal Computer|PC]].
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* ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers|J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II]]'' for the [[wikipedia:Super Nintendo Entertainment System|SNES]].
  
 
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* {{WP|J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I}}
  
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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I
Video game
PublisherInterplay Productions, Electronic Arts
PlatformSNES
Release date1994
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I is a video game from Interplay Productions for the SNES.[1] Originally it was planned for release on the NES[2] and the Game Boy, but these were cancelled.[1]

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[edit] Gameplay

The player begins the game as Frodo Baggins, and progressively acquires the remaining members of the Fellowship, with the notable exception of Boromir.[3] With the addition of extra controllers and the SNES Multitap, the game supported up to four players (provided there were currently four characters in the party). Any characters not controlled by the player(s) are controlled by the computer AI.

The game progresses through a series of "fetch quests" in which the player must explore vast environments to retrieve items relating to the game's story.[4] These items are often simple trinkets that have been misplaced by the game's non-player characters (NPCs). Much like the book, the game begins in the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. The game's plot starts at Bilbo's Birthday Party, where you've to find Pippin,[2][3] takes the player to various locations from the book, such as the village of Bree, the elven city of Rivendell, and the Mines of Moria. Unlike the book, however, the finale of the game is the fight between the Fellowship and the Balrog creature in the Mines of Moria (the first book ends significantly later).[3]

Although the game is entitled "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1", no sequel was ever released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[1][2][3]

[edit] Reviews

The game was poorly received in a 2004 1up.com review, citing poor AI and hours of "lengthy and boring" fetch quests.[4]

Based on 24 reviews of the game at GameFAQs.com, the game received an average rating of 4.875 out of 10.[3] Many reviewers described the game as "pointless" and "stupid", especially with regards to the game's "fetch quest" structure and poor A.I. which causes characters to "...frequently wander off and die, or [to] get stuck on the scenery [to be] left behind." The game was also criticized for its expansive environments that are extraordinarily difficult to navigate. The game was originally packaged with maps of the major dungeons of the game but, due to most used-game retailers not requiring such materials as part of a trade-in, most people purchasing the game second-hand have no access to such information.

[edit] See Also

[edit] External Links

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Tolkien Games (retrieved 18 March 2011)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I at Moby Games (retrieved 18 March 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Gamefaqs, The OTHER Lord of the Rings game (retrieved 18 March 2011)
  4. 4.0 4.1 1up, The Lord of the Rings Volume 1 SNES Review (retrieved 18 March 2011)