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No prizes for guessing the inspiration for this one. The Great Ring needs to be returned to Mount Doom, a treacherous task to be undertaken by Fordo the Boggit. Spam, Pimply and Murky are his country-bumpkin friends, and he will later meet with Bumbadil and Hashberry, two old hippies. The main quest involves meeting up with Legoland the Elf, Giblet the Dwarf and Aragont.

In keeping with the humour, familiar locations become "the featureless plain below the pink mountain", "Lake Anadin" and the "Land of the Personal-Stereo-Wearing Goblins".

Bored of the Rings is an interactive fiction game with graphics made using Quill. The interface allows the player to take and use items using VERB NOUN commands, and talk to characters.

The game is split into three parts, accessed via passcodes. The tape also includes issue 1 of Sceptical, Delta 4's short-lived magazine on tape.


Bored of the Rings ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Bored of the Rings ZX Spectrum Improbable coincidences always help
Bored of the Rings ZX Spectrum Minimalist house design
Bored of the Rings ZX Spectrum Not a 111th birthday party then?

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Sinclair User Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Crash! Jul, 1985 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gamer Nov, 1985 14 out of 20 70


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The game is inspired by, but not based on, the Bored of the Rings parody novel published by Harvard Lampoon.
Martin Smith (66862) added Bored of the Rings (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 19, 2007
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (217777) and Martin Smith (66862)