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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 PC Booter Through the Misty Mountains
The Hobbit Commodore 64 The troll's clearing - about two locations from your home, and your first good chance to get killed.
The Hobbit MSX Gandalph gives you...
The Hobbit Amstrad CPC I was eaten. I died.

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Tilt PC Booter Dec, 1986 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Home Computing Weekly Amstrad CPC Jul 16, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Home Computing Weekly Oric Jan 17, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Tilt MSX Sep, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum 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) Oric Apr, 1987 9.8 out of 12 82
Home Computing Weekly BBC Micro Jan 10, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1985 75 out of 100 75
Home Computing Weekly BBC Micro Jul 23, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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)
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