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Mobile Strategy Game The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War Nails the Aesthetic of the Books and Movies

Lord of the Rings Rise to War

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most widely-adored fantasy stories ever created, and its fans are among the most knowledgeable and devoted.

That’s why Peter Jackson poured so much love into the recent The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and it’s why NetEase has taken the same amount of care over The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War. 

This geo-strategic seasonal war game consists of a brand new storyline featuring familiar people and places.

It seems the One Ring has surfaced at the uninhabited castle of Dol Guldur, and the various races of Middle-earth – Gondor, Rohan, Angmar, Mordor, and so on – are all competing to reach it first and claim dominion over the seven kingdoms and beyond.

And you want a piece of it too. Gameplay-wise, that means building up your fortified settlement, training your armies, tempting commanders to join your ranks, and expanding into the tile-based landscape around you.

With each tile you win you’ll gain power and resources, helping you to fortify your settlement even further and increase your ability to take tougher, more resource-rich tiles.

As you can see in the screenshots, The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is an absolutely stunning mobile game, and it’s utterly faithful to the franchise, right down to the authentically recreated Middle-earth map on textured parchment.

Thanks to the official Warner Bros license, you’ll see countless familiar faces in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, including gorgeous 3D likenesses of Aragorn, Gandalf, Saruman, and so on taken straight from the movies.

The team has spent a lot of time crafting authentic models of several major locations from the movies, too, including Minas Tirith (the highly impressive fortress where Aragorn was crowned in Return of the King) and Edoras (where Theoden was rescued from Saruman’s spell).

So if you’ve ever fancied a spot of Middle-earth tourism, this is your chance. The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War is free right now on Google Play, the App Store, and the Galaxy Store.