The Lord of The rings: QuesT To MounT dooM
released OUT NOW! 2-9 players Publisher Games Workshop
tabletop game Games Workshop unexpectedly returns to the Lord Of The Rings movie licence with this pacey game.
Players each control a member of the Fellowship as they search for the One Ring. Every turn the Eye of Sauron moves to a different location on the game board. The player collects items while searching for the Ring. Once it’s been found they must then travel to Mount Doom and cast it into the flames while avoiding their covetous companions.
That last point is a little strange. The rules explain the Fellowship’s transformation into a gang of ruthless tea-leafs as being the malign influence of the Ring at work, but it’s such a core part of the game’s mechanic that it feels weird and world-breaking. It’s a shame that there are no rules for co-operative play here.
The production values are also a mixed bag. The miniatures are pretty good, cast in gold plastic with decent movie likenesses. The board, however, has a bland design. And while there are plenty of different event and item cards, they largely feel like variations on the same few themes. It’ll make a fun enough present for fans, and is easy for young gamers to get to grips with, but it’s not particularly prrrecioussssss. Will Salmon