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Description

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.

Screenshots

The Hobbit BBC Micro Thorin apparently wants to get out as soon as possible. It gets a bit funny when he refuses your requests to aid you in escaping.
The Hobbit MSX Trees that look like they're in water
The Hobbit Amstrad CPC Here is what it looks like.
The Hobbit MSX Trolls clearing

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Critic Reviews

TeleMatch ZX Spectrum Dec, 1984 3 out of 3 100
Tilt MSX Sep, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Micro 7 ZX Spectrum Mar, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oric Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) BBC Micro Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Sep, 1986 81 out of 100 81
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 75 out of 100 75
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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I have The Hobbit for GBA. 5 Martin Smith (66799)
Jul 22, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Bugs

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

Extras

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

Awards

  • 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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