Lord of the Rings Pinball
Definitely not precious.
There is a dark side to every license, a dark horse of a game that makes people miserable whenever they play it and opt for better chapters in that franchise. EA has been good to the Lord of the Rings franchise, but Jamdat does it great injustice with the release of Lord of the Rings Pinball, a game that tries to capture the nature of the legendary film series but instead feels like a jolt of fresh ass straight from Mount Doom.
The problem here lies in both the ball physics and the table design. Some of the renders look splendid on the tables, but the design doesn't really appeal in terms of score-making opportunities. Too often you'll find your ball drained and your patience level tested. The ball also feels a bit too floaty for its own good, like it has a mind of its own. The Stern arcade pinball with the same license didn't have this problem. Oh, wait, that's because it's real. Never mind.
No sound samples are included from the movie, no real special features stand out, and the gameplay gets older than Gandalf's beard. Lord of the Rings Pinball should be avoided even by the most hardcore fans, as this game fails to register as any kind of pinball wizard. HA! I said wizard!
What's Hot: Works with a recognizable license.
What's Not: Lacks any real appealing gameplay.