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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (2023) is a stealth traversal game set in Tolkien's Middle-Earth where you play Gollum after he escapes from Mordor. As you hunt for the One Ring, stolen by Bilbo Baggins, you ensure you remain hidden as you dash from one bit of cover to the next, while your two personalities wrestle for control. It's a unique game due to its focus on stealth, which explores Gollum's psyche and casts his internal struggles in a sympathetic light.

Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and loosely following his story as explained by Gandalf in the opening chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, you play Gollum after he's captured by Sauron's troops and sent to Barad-dûr for interrogation. As you make your daring escape, you move from cover to cover, ensuring none of the orc guards see you. You then make your way over the mountains of Mordor and through Cirith Ungol, where you first encounter Shelob, then on to Mirkwood and the realm of the woodland elves as you pursue your precious ring. All the while, Sméagol and Gollum vie for control, and you must choose which voice to obey.

Gameplay involves sneaking through the shadows, grappling, and climbing along walls, all while ensuring you remain unseen by guards and inhabitants. Due to your small stature and weakness, you're no match for an orc or an elf in single combat, so you have to stay hidden in the shadows as you progress through the many areas you visit. However, you can launch surprise attacks on careless enemies if they stray too close and can also use the environment around you to kill them in far more creative ways. Along the way, you encounter Gandalf and Thranduil, who question where you've been and your motives.

The result may sound like a slow game with little action, but that slowness creates a tension as you sneak your way past guards which keeps the game engaging and fun. It creates a surprisingly deep questioning of your morality and explores the complexities of the character of Gollum with sympathy and humanity.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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This is a Stealth and Traversal game with Adventure and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Mild Blood, Mild Language, and Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to sneak around the level slowly, ensuring you remain out of sight. You make difficult choices by selecting one of two text options on the screen.


The Lord of the Rings: Gollum usually costs £42.99 to £49.99. 

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

XBox StoreSALE Xbox X|S £49.99 £9.99 until 19/07/2024
XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £49.99 £9.99 until 19/07/2024
XBox StoreSALE PC £49.99 £9.99 until 17/07/2024
Steam Store PC £42.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £49.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £49.99
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/05/2023

Price: 80% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Stealth, Traversal (Adventure and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Daedalic (@Daedalic)

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