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What Is The 'Gollum Game' And Why Is Everyone Making Memes About It?

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, an action-adventure video game, failed to succeed as a video game due to, well, being arguably terrible in every regard. But its downfall had a silver lining as the game became the talk of the town: there was so much to dunk on that the so-called "Gollum Game" instantly transcended into the memedom. Here's how it happened.

What Is ‘The Lord of the Rings: Gollum?'

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a 2023 adventure video game developed and published by Daedalic Entertainment. The game follows the story of character Gollum from The Lord of the Rings epic fantasy novels as he climbs the mountains of Mordor and ventures through Mirkwood on his quest to retrieve his Precious.

The game features stealth and platforming mechanics, and the player is presented with choices where he can take action as Gollum or Smeagol, with the decision-making presented in the form of dialogue between the character's two personae.

In late May 2023, the game became a subject of memes and discussions due to its apparent poor quality: the players criticized its poor implementation of mechanics, bad interface and design choices and poor optimization.

How Is ‘The Lord of the Rings: Gollum’ Used In Memes?

Instantly following the release, users on Twitter shared screenshots from the game, ridiculing its design choices, UI and dialogue, and there's been a LOT of dunking going on within the first 24 hours.

Alex Avard @alexavard95 Morning. Gollum is one of the worst games I've played in a while. If you can't be bothered to read the full review, the difference between this promotional screenshot and the actual game gives you a decent summation of why. wn! ear us! 5:26 AM - May 25, 2023 1.4M Views Do to kill the beetle and hide! cause... around! ys watchful! Gollum cannot kill Orcs wearing a helmet. ... @StellaNoxEclair This is the font they decided to use for dialogue options yes the Gollum game has dialogue options (Give bread) (Threaten) (Beg) 7:43 AM • May 25, 2023 2.6M Views 85 FPS @StellaNoxEclair. May 25 Watched a review for the new Gollum video game and i am now obsessed with this Show this thread windows 98 Tech Support @Win98Tech this is a 2023 video game Convince SMÈAGOL to kill the beetle and hide! Too dangerous, because... Spider! The Spider is still around! Wraiths! Winged Nazgûl are always watchful! Gollum cannot kill Orcs wearing a helmet. 11:01 AM. May 25, 2023 660.7K Views

Gollum's bulging eyes and psychotic, intense look reminded people of another 3D character from two years ago. Minecraft YouTuber Dream from his notorious music video Mask, that is.

Bondforged Mush @Mush_Plush I don't get what people are saying, the Gollum game looks great 2:58 PM . May 25, 2023 10.9K Views

Well, at least there are some very usable reaction images to use for when you're in Goblin Mode.

Gollum won the argument. SMÉAGOL (Gasping for air) (Beg)

Could #GollumSweep become a thing?

For the full history of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, be sure to check out Know Your Meme's encyclopedia entry for more information.

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