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Lord of the Rings is a large, ambitious game. The blurb claims over 200 locations and I haven't visited nearly that many yet (about 100 at the last count). Apart from the occasional bug (like the dark location mentioned earlier), the very slow pace, and the need to reload data from cassette if you QUIT or die, I found myself becoming more and more involved in Tolkien's world. I am inclined to think that this is more of a tribute to Tolkien than to Melbourne House, but nevertheless I feel this is a game I can safely recommend to the more wealthy Wizards among us.
Compared to the Hobbit, the response time is very slow indeed and rather ruins the atmosphere the text evokes ö the other niggle is the pictures. I feel most pictures tend to ruin yor own mental image of the story; in Lord of the Rings they serve no purpose and being rather ordinary in design tend to detract more from one's imagination. It would be nice if you could turn them off.