The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - GBA

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (GBA)
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Combat Game
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Griptonite Games Soft. Co.: Electronic Arts
Publishers: Electronic Arts (GB)
Released: 8 Nov 2002 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
Connectivity: Link Cable


Mention JRR Tolkien and you think of thick tomes, teeming with words describing fantastic tales on mammoth scales, transporting the reader to a land of make believe in a torrent of deeply meaningful imagery. Well, those who've read the books will think that way. Those who have seen The Lord of the Rings movies rather than bother with the books (so last century!) will want to get down to some serious bother-causing, swords drawn, ready for a carve-up. Ladies and gentlemen, elves and Hobbits, your game is here and it goes by the grand title The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Now you can join the Fellowship of the Ring for all the action from the hugely popular feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Step into the roles of Aragorn the Ranger, Gimli the Dwarf and Legolas the Elf, as you journey toward Gondor and combat the evil forces of Sauron. Fend off hordes of Orcs at the walls of Helm's Deep, take on Uruk-Hai on the plains of Rohan, and confront Saruman the White at the Tower Orthanc. The fate of Middle Earth is in your hands.

Isometrically presented on the Game Boy Advance, The Two Towers pushes the handheld right to its graphical limits. Colours are vibrant, and when the hacking and slashing reaches epic proportions on screen, there's no evidence of glitching. Props to the development team for that. Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn are all playable in this version, along with Gandalf and Frodo, who are present in the PS2 version of The Two Towers, but only as non-playable characters. More characters means more roles to play, leading in turn to more possibilities within the game's replayability value. An Elf's abilities differ from a Dwarf's, after all.

While the visuals can't match the power of the PS2 version's stirring soundtrack, in-game footage and scenes from the film itself, the GBA incarnation is well worth investigating. It's rich and deep in gameplay, and doesn't just wear its '...Rings' title as a mere 'come on' to fans of the books or movies. Tolkien virgins should dig it too.