LEGO have always been addictive and LEGO video games are no exception. With this latest release, developer Traveller’s Tales hopes LEGO Lord Of The Rings will follow the success of their previous titles.
All LEGO games are great and Feral Interactive keeps doing an excellent job porting them to the Mac, with this being their 10th Lego port to date! LEGO LOTR follows the “move, attack and tag friends” signature gameplay style and makes it easy for the Lego fans to dive straight in and enjoy the game.
You can get it from the Mac App Store:
Enter Lego Lord of the Rings for Mac
The Interface is easy to get your head around quite quickly. All the actions are keyboard based, although any USB controller should work fine (you may need to install the drivers first).
If I had a slight complaint, it would be the player movements can be a bit twitchy sometimes – I had a few problems moving in the right direction, especially when running and jumping. You can also play offline co-op with another controller connected, which is fun, but an online option would be a definite plus.
As you move around Middle Earth you collect Gold, Silver or Blue coins. These will allow you to buy extra characters and upgrades. You can also collect Mithril blocks which you can use at the Blacksmiths to create better weapons. These can be found as you move around the map or sometimes as part of a side quest system. These quests can range from a race through checkpoints to killing a number of creatures in a certain .
These mini quests give you a break from the main storyline and add more hours of fun. You can also use Lego bricks lying around to build structures to help you move through the world which adds depth to the gameplay.
As you play along, pop up instructions will appear over certain points, which are a big help at first but can soon make things a little too easy. In between levels are the Open World Spaces where characters can move around freely and collect special items and mini quests.
Each character has a different skill set and backpack, so switching characters is a must to help ease matters when faced with a puzzle. Each skill (fishing, planting and lighting fires to mention a few) can help you during the main storyline. For example, you may need to light a fire to scare a Ring Wraith or Cook. The Backpack holds all your items and some characters have a treasure chest which holds special items such as Armour or Weapons created at the Blacksmith forge.
Combat is a simple Hack and Slash affair covered by spamming the ‘H’ key. This will allow you to hit enemies and smash objects to release money and usable objects. Most items can do some sort of damage but the best combination is a Sword and a Shield ( which is pretty obvious really).
In certain areas you will see Save Stones, which will allow you to make a save. Also available are Map Stones, which are very helpful when travelling through the Middle Earth. Simply click the area and you will be transported there speeding movement to towns etc. You will also see character pictures on the map, these are newly unlocked and can be bought by traveling to them.
Once you finish the single player campaign, things don’t need to stop there. You can use any unlocked character and go over the previously visited areas or play again the whole campaign, unlocking new content only available to that particular character. There are over 80 playable Characters to unlock, with a special item at the end of each run.
All in all, the game has a lot to offer and i would say completing the main story gives a good 8 – 10 hours of gameplay. If you mix in some extra content, exploration and bonus’s you could probably get 14 – 16 hours, with the full completion (collecting all the characters, doing main story and full unlocks) probably taking well over 24 hours.
The graphical content of this game is excellent. Middle earth looks amazing, with the world matching the big screen.
The visual effects while wearing the Ring are very clever and match the movie’s feeling perfectly, giving a very ghostly feel, with the black and white images only adding to the tension.
The whole game is beautifully animated and detailed, with some excellent cut-scenes which are fun and have a distinct comedy element . The voice overs are the movie actors themselves which really adds to the quality of the whole package.
The game runs Flawlessly and with no Bugs. The minimum system requirements are:
- Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later
- 1.4 GHz Intel Processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 8 GB HD Space
- 256 MB VRAM
I played this game on my Mid 2011 21.5” iMac:
- OS: Mac OS X 10.7.5 Lion
- Processor: Intel i5 2.5GHz
- Graphics: AMD HD Radeon 6750M 512MB
- RAM: 4 GB
- Fun Gameplay for young and old
- Beautiful Graphics re-create Middle earth from the movie
- Open world experience
- Follows book story very closely with a Lego twist
- Controller support
- Movement can be a little twitchy.
- Gameplay easy at times.
- No online multiplayer Co-Op
Lego Lord Of The Rings is excellently put together. The brilliant storyline follows the book and movie very closely with some fun Lego additions. I was surprised how addictive and fun the whole experience was. The mixture of story, quests, side quests and crafting kept me interested for many hours of gameplay. You can also go back to previous passed levels with new characters and find new unlocks, which gives the game real longevity.
With great boss battles, cool cut scenes and puzzles galore, this isn’t just a run of the mill puzzle/action game. Thank you Feral Interactive for an excellent port of this wonderfully fun game.
You can get it from the Mac App Store:
Note from Ric: This review comes from Andy. You can follow him on Twitter here.