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The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, also called Lord of the Rings: War, is an online strategy game where you play against other players in factions and try and conquer land. It includes all of Tolkien's world, from Hobbiton to Rivendell and Isengard to Barad-dûr in a huge map filled with monsters and resources you can use to expand your army. This combines with deep combat and strategy to make it an engaging and unique way to build an army and conquer the land of Middle-Earth.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Net Ease Global (@NetEase_Global)


Duration: This game will take between 90 hours and 100 hours to complete. You play on a server that continually builds and grows, and this means that while a battle may only take a few minutes or even seconds, there are hundreds of hours of play time available in expanding, conquering and achieving domination.
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 1000 players online. Each server is populated by hundreds or even thousands of players all vying for control of land, resources and capitals. In your fellowship of players, the number of member slots available increases as you play to well in excess of 50.


The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War

App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence, Horror and Mild Swearing.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

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.

Skill Rating

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.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


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.
Our The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:

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