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Relive Tolkien's The Hobbit as Bilbo Baggins. A piece of Interactive fiction (with graphics to illustrate locations), you follow the plot of Tolkien's book (before the Lord of the Rings trilogy), starting with an encounter with Gandalf and Thorin. The other characters can make their own moves independently of the player and their actions can sometimes result in a situation where it is not possible to complete the game.

The implementation is rich enough that you can play entirely without pictures if you wish. Also, gameplay happens in realtime, uncommon for interactive fiction. The game's parser, called Inglish took as long to develop as the rest of the game.


The Hobbit Commodore 64 Waiting in the forest. Because of the ANIMACTION system, creatures moved around the world, so sometimes waiting was a good strategy.
The Hobbit Commodore 64 The troll's clearing - about two locations from your home, and your first good chance to get killed.
The Hobbit Commodore 64 Your home in the Shire.

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Home Computing Weekly Nov 08, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore User Nov, 1983 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
Zzap! May, 1985 75 out of 100 75
Info Dec, 1985 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
64'er Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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I have The Hobbit for GBA. 5 Martin Smith (62904)
Jul 22, 2007


1001 Video Games

The Hobbit appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


There is a very famous bug, that you can put yourself inside the chest, close the lid and still walk around in the game and look at things


The original releases of The Hobbit also included Tolkien's full novel as an added bonus.


  • ACE
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Adventure Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Golden Joystick Award 1983: Winner Strategy Game of the Year
  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #3 'My Ten All-Time Favourites' (White Wizard)
Information also contributed by Guy Chapman

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