Return of The General Lee received many negative reviews from gaming websites and publications; however, gamers in general and fans in particular found the game to be more enjoyable and was met with generally average reviews.
When the game was first announced and screenshots were first released, there was mild controversy because the Confederate Flag on top of the Dukes' car The General Lee was absent from the screenshots. The screenshots did not show a complete picture of the top of the roof, but the angles were good enough that one should have been able to see the flag had it been there. The flag was later added to the car and is present in the current version of the game on both consoles.
The Duke Cousins must help the local orphanage pay off debt in order to keep it up and running. Boss Hogg has raised the mortgage on the orphanage and is having the interest compounded hourly in order to build a statue of himself in the town square and to build a local water reservoir on the site of the orphanage with the help of his sheriff, Rosco P. Coltrane. The player must help the Dukes complete a series of tasks in order to save the orphanage. There is also a free roam feature that allows the player to roam all of Hazzard County and enjoy the freedom of ramping various objects in order to unlock hidden objects in the game.