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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

Return to Middle-earth in this video game based on the epic final chapter of the highly-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

The GBA version of The Return of the King is an isometric action-RPG. Play as six heroes: Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Frodo, Eowyn and Gandalf the White. With over a million random items, 150 levels (including the Paths of the Dead, Minas Tirith, and the Pelennor Fields), unique skill trees associated with each hero, and cooperative play via the GBA Link Cable, The Return of the King provides dozens of hours of gameplay.

The GBA version also links to the Nintendo GameCube to unlock new items and secret characters.

Screenshots

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Game Boy Advance Fighting the enemy as Gandalf... using his normal Sword/Staff combo
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Game Boy Advance The 3rd game in the series
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Game Boy Advance Look in your inventory to see what items you would like to equip
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Game Boy Advance Also, part of the introduction with Gandalf... this shows Legolas wanting to destroy Saruman.

Alternate Titles

  • "Le Seigneur des Anneaux: Le Retour du Roi" -- French Title
  • "Der Herr der Ringe: Die Rückkehr des Königs" -- German Title
  • "A Gyűrűk Ura: A Király Visszatér" -- Hungarian Title

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The Press Says

GameZone Nov 19, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
N-Zone Jan 14, 2004 81 out of 100 81
IGN Nov 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Deeko Nov, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Dec 09, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 24, 2003 15 out of 20 75
GameSpy Dec 05, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Jul 26, 2005 C 50

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Trivia

Connection to the movie

Includes several scenes that were cut out of the film at the last minute, including Saruman's death at Isengard at the hands of Wormtongue, Aragorn's fight with the Mouth of Sauron, and Gandalf's confrontation with the Witch King.

Inaccuracies

Even though the film calls Aragorn's reforged sword "Anduril" (as the books call it), the game incorrectly calls it "Narsil." This is because in the developer's screenplay the word Anduril was never mentioned.

References

Several of the unique items in the game bear the names of the developers as well as those of several fans who created FAQs for the previous Griptonite game, The Two Towers.
thalcos (1467) added The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Game Boy Advance) on Nov 22, 2003