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J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - Volume One is a video game adaptation of the famous book, which is quite different from the computer game of the same name.

The events that occur in the game roughly correspond to those depicted in the first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, though the game ends before the final chapters of the first book. The player takes control of Frodo Baggins, who must find companions for his quest. The game's locations, individual objectives, missions, and quests are structured quite differently from those of the computer release. Most of the quests involve retrieving items for various NPCs, thus advancing the narrative.

The gameplay is also different from the computer version, being less heavy on character development (role-playing), and more oriented towards combat, which is action-based in this release. Though up to three characters join Frodo on his quest, one player can control only one character at a time. Multiplayer has been therefore added to the game, with up to four players controlling the characters in the party simultaneously.

The game cartridge does not contain any RAM/battery; games can only be saved by remembering a code. The code must later be entered into the game to continue.


J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One SNES Inventory Screen
J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One SNES Attack!
J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One SNES Fighting snakes outside of Hobbiton
J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One SNES Bag End

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J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 58 (May 1994)

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Critic Reviews

Super Power Mar, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1994 33 out of 50 66
RPGFan Jun 08, 2001 56 out of 100 56
Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 3.25 out of 6 55
GamePro (US) Jul, 1994 2.5 out of 5 50
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Video Games Feb, 1995 38 out of 100 38 Sep, 2005 3.6 out of 10 36
The Video Game Critic Mar 05, 2001 D- 16


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Vincent van Beveren (10) added J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One (SNES) on May 30, 2005