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Return to Moria Review

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The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria (2023) is an adventure game set in Tolkien's Middle-Earth fantasy world. You explore the vast ruins of the mines of Moria, fight off orcs, goblins, and other monsters, and build a base as you restore the kingdom to its former glory. The endless exploration of the dark and mysterious landscape, fast-paced combat, and deep customisation, creation, and crafting make for an involving and deeply personal experience.

Set in the Fourth Age of Middle-Earth, a first for any Tolkien game, in the years after The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lord Gimli commands your Dwarven company to reclaim the lost kingdom of Moria, the heart of the ancient Dwarven world, from the darkness and evil that's ensnared it since it was abandoned in the Second Age. You explore ancient passageways, rickety mines, and the vast and cavernous halls of the city of Dwarrowdelf. As you gather resources, you construct a base where you can build weapons and items you use to defeat the monsters lurking in the depths. By mining jewels, relighting the ancient forges, discovering ancient and magical artefacts, and bringing light back to the darkness, you restore the kingdom to its former glory.

Gameplay revolves around exploring the vast world to collect and mine for resources which you then use to craft weapons and utilities needed to defeat the hordes of monsters you find. The map is procedurally generated, which means that each time you play, the world will be different, making each playthrough a unique experience, as do the multitude of customisation and upgrade options for your character and their tools. You can use the rock and ore you mine to create a living area for yourself, with extensive customisation to the look of the items you can place. Playing online with friends and family allows you to explore, fight, and build as a team, or alternatively, each focus on the aspect of play that you find most engaging.

The result is a unique play experience which gives you the freedom to play however you choose, be it by building and restoring huge Dwarven settlements, fighting off the huge armies of orcs that patrol the depths, or exploring the wonders of the caves with friends.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria 12 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Platform, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 5-player online game. You can play co-operatively with friends online, building a huge base, exploring, and fighting off orcs and other monsters.

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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence. This game features moderate violence towards human and fantasy characters. The violence is non-realistic looking. Characters recoil when hit, without visible injuries or blood. When defeated, characters fall to the ground and disappear. Occasionally, the player's character may be attacked by a wolf, which will bleed when hit with a bladed weapon. Some cutscenes show characters drinking beer in a tavern, although the player's character does not actively participate in this.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

There is fantasy violence as you fight and kill orcs and other monsters, as well as some scary and tense moments.

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. Fights are fast-paced and can be difficult, and there is a large amount of complexity and player freedom in the base creation, exploration, and customisation available that appeals to older children and adults.


The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/10/2023

Out Now: PC and PS5

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (5 online)

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Platform, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Free Range Games (@FreeRangeGames)

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