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5.0 out of 5 stars A very challenging group game requiring cooperation, 3 Jun 2005
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Jason Mills "jason10801" (Accrington, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lord Of The Rings Board Game (Toy)
The game is broken into a series of scenarios, at the end of which players are penalised for missing tokens. It's essential to collect these tokens during each scenario, as the penalty is that your hobbit is drawn towards Sauron (Bad Thing). Since there aren't enough tokens to go round, if the group is to survive to destroy the ring it's vital that everyone cooperates, using their cards and powers to their fullest extent for the greater good.
It remains a difficult game even after several plays, but this keeps the challenge fresh. The game is fun, tense and involving, yet everyone is on the same side. A winning formula, beautifully presented and very well thought through.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work together to defeat Sauron, 5 Mar 2006
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Tealady2000 (Edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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We are pretty keen on board games in our family and I can safely say that this is different from anything we have played before. Each player is a hobbit character and you have to work together to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom.
One innovation is that there are a number of different game boards. There is a progress board that plots your location as you move through the various regions of Middle Earth. This board is also used to record how close you are to being corrupted by Sauron. If he reaches the hobbit who is the ring-bearer then the game is over.
Certain locations (Moria, Helm's Deep, Shelob's Lair, and Mordor) also have separate adventure boards that you have to cross successfully. As you move through Middle earth you collect various cards, tokens and shields and you need to deploy these in the best possible way to negotiate various hazards.
My kids are pretty competitive and one of the things that's really different about this game is that you are working together as a Fellowship against Sauron. Either you all win or you all lose, and every decision has to be made in the interests of the group rather than any one individual.
Because this game is so different from other games, it does seem a bit confusing at first and the first time you play it you will be on a steep learning curve. Luckily the rules are clearly explained and once you've got the hang of it, it's pretty straightforward.
This game dates from 2000, before the Peter Jackson films. However the artwork in the game is done by the guy who did the designs for the movies and if you know the films you will definitely recognise many of the designs.
It is described as suitable for ages 12 and up. I would say that it would certainly take someone of 12 or older to work out how to play the game. But once you've done that, it can definitely be explained to younger kids. My 9-year-old loves it.
I only gave 3 stars for durability because one of our hobbit figures broke but apart from that it's absolutely fine. It definitely gets my 'Shieldmaiden of Rohan' seal of approval.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars co-operative fun, 21 Feb 2005
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angela (Berkshire,UK) - See all my reviews
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Play one of the 5 hobbits in a quest to get the ring to Mordor. Work together to survive Sauron. Complete other tasks on the way to help you hide from Sauron. Avoid your companions dying. All win, or all lose. Takes about an hour to play. Experts and beginners can play together. Great for secondary age and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated but great, 1 Oct 2007
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Me and my bf played this game. It is very difficult at the beginning and you really need to concentrate on the instructions when you first play it.
Then after a while you'll know what to do.

We havent won against Sauron so far... Its really quite challenging, because you really need to work together. And in the end it also comes down to luck.

Hope we will save the world one day... =) Great game to buy anyway! Even if you have never seen Lord of the Rings.
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