It’s with this and other tongue-in-cheek digs at its own source material—Peter Jackson’s highly successful movie trilogy—that LEGO: The Lord of the Rings manages to succeed in entertaining an all-ages audience. A recent release by Traveller’s Tales, LEGO: LOTR is a pleasant surprise. Our only previous venture into the LEGO universe was a short play through LEGO: Star Wars, so we were unsure what to expect: Would the gameplay be too simplistic? Would the concepts and complex plot arcs be removed, changed for a younger audience? But all worries were quickly dispelled the moment we clicked ‘Start New Game’.