Looking back over the last year I have to say I’m surprised, because I haven’t even been tempted to play this game again since reviewing it. Surprised, because the LOTR IP is one of my favourites and this game spins a really good tale within Tolkien’s world. However, there are reasons why I haven’t been back.
For me, the game lacks the ‘Wow’ factor, or to put it another way, whilst being a good game it doesn’t do anything well enough to make it stand out from the crowd. There are a few interesting mechanisms, such as the way the cards are used for skill checks and combat, but they don’t make the game unique enough to draw you into wanting to play it again. The story and its depth of flavour are the biggest appeal, but is that enough? Apparently not, at least for this budding adventurer.
The fact that there’s only a campaign available to play rather than individual scenarios is also a deciding factor on why it’s stayed on the shelf – I haven’t the time, and maybe the will, to add another campaign game to the current mix; I reach for Gloomhaven when that fix needs scratching.
If combat was more strategic, or the character advancement a little more free and engaging, then I might feel the need to explore the game once again, but as it is I’ve not given Lord of The Rings a second thought, well, other than thinking about painting the miniatures, which are rather nice, that is.
I know many have been enjoying the game, and to be honest, it is a good, solid game, and with the many expansions that have appeared over the last year I’m sure replayability has increased no end, but would I buy an expansion just to make me want to play again, and then feel that another one is needed to make me return yet again?
It’s one of those games that will either grab you, or it won’t, I think it would depend on what else its competing with in your collection. It’s certainly good for one campaign and that would be enough for some to say they’d got their monies worth. Talking with my daughter, with whom I shared the last campaign, she more or less seconds what I’ve put here. She’d be happy to play again if we got an expansion, but she can remember what happened in the last campaign and feels more content needs to be added in the way of campaigns and individual scenarios.
Knowing what I know now, would I still have bought it? The jury is currently out on this one. We had an enjoyable time playing through the campaign, and there is another to buy without having to add a physical expansion, so it’s possible we’ll revisit it again at some point. On the other hand, I have games that I’d reach for first If I wanted to commit to a time-thirsty campaign, so…
Will it still remain in my collection? At the moment, yes. I’ll see if I return to it in the near future and then see how I feel.
One Year On – A good solid game, but one that doesn’t stand out in any specific way against its competitors, other than it uses an app. It will depend on what other games you have in your collect as to whether it will see repeat play, and the limitation of only a campaign to play will put many off.
Read My original review HERE