In this action-adventure game, based on the Lord of the Rings franchise, players assume the role of Aragorn on his quest to become king and bring peace to the land. Players use torches, bows, spears, and swords to attack enemy creatures in fast-paced "melee"-style combat. Though the art-style is somewhat cartoonlike and stylized, the sword-fighting action on the battlefield can be frenetic: loud metallic sword clashing, battle cries and shrieks of pain, specialized "lunging" sword moves, and hordes of fantastical enemies that must be dispatched at one time (e.g., orcs, goblins, trolls, giant spiders, and wolves). At the same time, most sword hits result in blue or red glowing flashes and enemies that tumble in the air and disappear. The game also features one-on-one combat with a black-cloaked Ring Wraith that shrieks loudly, and a few environments that are darker, more foreboding than the majority of the battles (which tend to be lighter, more colorful).