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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 PC Booter ...and the much more rich text interactive fiction that goes with it.
The Hobbit PC Booter Through the trees
The Hobbit PC Booter I was captured and thrown into this dungeon
The Hobbit PC Booter Title Screen

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I have The Hobbit for GBA. 5 Martin Smith (62888)
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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Trixter (8782) added The Hobbit (PC Booter) on Apr 21, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (10739), Guy Chapman (1742), Kabushi (165413), Martin Smith (62888), Pseudo_Intellectual (47942) and koffiepad (9955)