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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Bored of the Rings
1986 CRL
By Fergus McNeill
Most text of the present article comes from the review published in the fourteenth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (street date: May 8th, 1986).

CRL, 7.95 cassette only

ell, it's certainly been a long time coming, this one. I think it was around 1982 when it first came out on the Spectrum. Just in case you haven't heard of this neat little parody, perhaps I should mention that it's an illustrated Quilled game very loosely based on the Tolkien saga, Lord of the Rings. The game is split into three parts, and parts two and three require passwords to access them, so there's no cheating.

I reckon this game is showing its age a little now. There isn't exactly an enormous amount to do, except laugh at the very clever take-offs of the Hobbit way of life. But once you've heard the Black Rider fart a few times, marvelled at the stupidity of Fordo the Boggit and got over the shock of seeing such a milestone of fantasy literature mercilessly lampooned, the game begins to wear a bit thin.

Classics like this one pose a bit of a problem for the Wiz. They've been reviewed often before, everybody says how brilliant they are, and that makes it difficult to work out how I would feel if this game suddenly fell onto my desk out of nowhere with no previous history. I think I'd probably have a very good laugh, point out that all three games together give you quite a lot of places to go, but not be wildly impressed with the actual gameplay. Here's a sample from the game:

Fordo drank the ale, hiccupped twice, threw up all over the place, fell over and immediately felt much better.

Yes, well there's plenty more where that came from. Those who fancy mucho silliness will find this game very much to their liking. I certainly found it extremely funny, but I'm not sure how much time I'll actually spend playing it once I've got over the humour. As a classic, this is definitely a purchase to consider, but if you haven't got 7.95 handy, don't weep too loudly.

Atmosphere 79%
Interaction 65%
Lasting Interest 75%

Value for Money






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If you want a walkthrough, visit
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jacob Gunness' Classic Adventures Solution Archive or
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Martin Brunner's C64 Adventure Game Solutions Site

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (5 Sep 2004)
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There were no screenshots in the original review.

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