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The handheld Nintendo versions of LEGO The Lord of the Rings (based on Peter Jackson's film trilogy, and in turn based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy books) follow the same storyline as its home console cousins, where players must help Frodo Baggins and his friends travel from their peaceful home in the Shire to the perilous Mount Doom to destroy a powerful ring created by the antagonistic Sauron.

Like various LEGO games, players control a variety of characters using the control pad (as well as the 3DS Circle Pad) across several levels in an open-world environment, completing a set of quests along the way. Players also need to utilise special items like the Light of Eärendil, Elven rope and a wide arrange of weaponry to defeat several enemies (especially in the dark region of Mordor).

Unlike previous LEGO games, character biographies are also scattered throughout the levels that give players general summaries for each unique character. Red Bricks are also scattered and can unlock special abilities with the Extras menu.

While the slapstick humour is absent in these games, the 3DS and DS versions still retain the family-friendly approach as the home console versions.


LEGO The Lord of the Rings Nintendo DS You start the game on Mount Doom during the Battle of Dagorlad
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Nintendo DS Main Menu and File Selection
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Nintendo DS The in-game cutscenes bring you all the magic of the Peter Jackson movies

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings Screenshot
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Screenshot
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Screenshot

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GamingXP PS Vita Dec 15, 2012 75 out of 100 75
Pocket Gamer UK PS Vita Dec 03, 2012 7 out of 10 70 PS Vita Dec 18, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Spazio Games PS Vita Dec 11, 2012 5.5 out of 10 55
Darkstation PS Vita Jan 31, 2013 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
IGN PS Vita Nov 26, 2012 3.8 out of 10 38 PS Vita Nov 27, 2012 30 out of 100 30


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