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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 14 months ago.
Set concurrently with the events of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a rising darkness grows in the east, one which you can either choose to ally with or fight against. You are given a ring of power, and choose one of several factions to align with, such as Isengard, Mordor, Rohan, Gondor, and Lothlórien. You start a small settlement somewhere in that faction's land and must grow and expand your power and control to prevent other factions from taking control.
You conscript soldiers to join your cause, and grow your army, sending it out to capture more land and gather resources. You can recruit commanders to your army as well, including the likes of famous characters such as Gandalf, Elrond and Boromir. Your work in your faction of hundreds of players to capture regional capitals and gain control of areas of land.
There are also smaller daily quests, campaigns, and special missions that unlock extra rewards. You can use the resources and rewards you get to upgrade your settlement; building forts that can expand your movement range, upgrading barracks and resource production, and unlocking extra forces you can draft into your army.
Within your large faction, you can join a smaller fellowship of players. In this fellowship, you exchange resources, unlock more rewards and complete missions that can help you claim victory. You can join with other players to take down particularly large challenges, such as capitals or dragons, and you can befriend individual players to mutual benefit.
It's a complex game that features a surprisingly deep combat system, along with a huge map brimming with life, and puts you in total command of your play style. It's a good game for fans of games such as Clash of Clans, or the world of Tolkien, be it in the form of video games such as the Middle-Earth series, books or films, and offers a new way to engage with players around the world in a strategic and tactical setting.
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Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
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The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War
- In-Game Loot Boxes: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. These include in-game purchases of random items (known as 'loot boxes') that offer a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent.
- In-Game Pass: Purchase a season/battle pass to gain access to limited in-game purchases, reward items and other aspects of the game.
You can buy mystery boxes that will give you random rewards, as well as unlocking a season pass that allows you to unlock extra rewards.
You can also buy gems, which you can use to speed building up, buy more troops, resources and more. However, you earn these at a relatively quick rate while playing without paying any money.
The items purchasable range from £1 to £100 in price.
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While some of the dialogue is voice acted at the beginning of the game, most of the dialogue is not. While some of the text is quite small, all of it is high contrast and the subtitles are all large and clear.
You can zoom in on the in-game map to make it larger, and you can do the same for gameplay Each different faction's land is represented by a different colour and it is crucial that you are able to distinguish between them, which is very important for colourblind players to note.
The in-game chat is split into four sections: Global, Faction, Fellowship and Allys. The global chat displays messages from all factions, the Faction one from only your Faction, the fellowship one from only your fellowship, and you have a separate chat for each of your Allies. Because it is a global game, some of the messages will be in other languages. You can translate each message individually, but it isn't always an accurate translation.
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