The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest is a third-person, action adventure game. The game takes the player through the events of the three Lord of the Rings books while playing as Aragorn, the ranger turned king of Gondor. Aragorn’s Quest draws the player into the rich world of Middle-Earth through vivid colors and strong storytelling. Unlike previous Lord of the Rings games, Aragorn’s quest is much more family friendly with a presentation that deliberately has a cartoon feel to it. Although the Wii version of the game has motion controls that at times aren’t perfect, the player will leave the game feeling satisfied by a strong, interesting story. In the drama, Legolas was almost 3000 years old to control the action adventure game. It will increase the engagement of the children to know more about the characters.
The story of Aragorn’s Quest is told by Samwise Gamgee to his young children, in anticipation of Aragorn’s visit to The Shire. Sam starts his story when the hobbits first meet Aragorn in the village of Bree, and finishes it at the final battle at the Black Gate. The game does a truly great job at staying true to the Lord of the Rings story, and is further assisted by the lush lively environments that the game takes place in. The many side quests that each level contains engage the player to truly explore these surroundings, and take in all of the well crafted environments. Whilst Aragorn’s Quest uses a mostly original soundtrack, there are snippets of music from the motion picture. This along with dialogue that is mostly lifted straight from the film help to add to the overall feeling of full submersion into the Lord of the Rings universe.
Aragorn’s Quest’s motion controls are exciting at first, however the game can misread your motion inputs. This can become frustrating to the player as certain encounters require specific motions in order to succeed. This is slightly offset by the ease of the game though, as it is geared towards children, and is not overly difficult for anybody to complete. The games ease should not be a turnoff for older players or fans of the series as the game is a worthwhile play for people of any age especially fans of the previous Lord of the Rings work.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest immerses the player in the lore of Middle-Earth that is told through a different set of eyes. The game would be even better were it not hampered by problems with the controls. Aside from the control issues the game is quite entertaining and should be given a chance by gamers of all ages.
I give Aragorn’s Quest an 8 out of 10, and recommend it to the hardcore fans of The Lord of the Rings as well as the younger fans looking to get into the lore of the series without all of the violence and bloodshed.
Along with the Wii version, The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest has been released on Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.
Jane Castro is a journalist and media enthusiast. She graduated from the University of Bacolod in the Philippines. She loves skating, scuba diving, and archery on her free time.