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The Hobbit

aka: Bilbo Le Hobbit, Der Hobbit, El Hobbit, Hobbit Wstęp do Władcy Pierścieni, Lo Hobbit, O Hobbit
Moby ID: 11289
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Third-person platformer adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's famous book. Players control Bilbo as he's taken from his safe little hole in the Shire by a band of Dwarves to confront the dragon Smaug while picking up a glowing sword, an invisibility ring, and coins and crystals.

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  • Хоббит - Russian spelling
  • ההוביט - Hebrew spelling
  • 哈比特人 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 63% (based on 42 ratings)

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Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 31 ratings with 5 reviews)

The perfect game.. for my girlfriend.

The Good
To be honest, I never actually played this game myself. But I sat next to my girlfriend while she played it from the beginning to the end, and I must say I was most impressed by both her and the game. The Hobbit boasts extremely colourful graphics, large, detailed levels and a well known story skillfully translated into a computer game. Strangely enough the game revolves a lot around the action sequences as Bilbo battles his way through hordes of goblins, orcs and spiders. The fun part about the game is the puzzle solving though. There are plenty of levels, plenty of secrets and plenty of puzzles to keep you occupied for hours on end.

The Bad
Sometimes it looked like there was just too much action going on, and after you've played the first level (which is very good, with lots of small quests) you're kind of disappointed by the next few levels that are a whole lot more action oriented. Also, the hair on Bilbo's head looks like it's made of some sort of shiny plastic. Not good!

The Bottom Line
An excellent action oriented platformer with a few adventure and role playing game features thrown into the mix. A lengthy game with lots of variety and plenty to see.

Windows · by Mattias Kreku (413) · 2004

The story that began it all.

The Good
It was nice to see the characters and places from the book in a videogame, the places are all beautifully made, Hobbiton with all it's lively colors, Smaug's lair with all its majesty, etc. The team artists did an splendid job on what ambientation concerns.

The gameplay it's ok, I liked a lot how well some puzzles were implemented with the action (very easy puzzles if you are used to adventure games, being this my case, but they are ok).

The game has some very interesting bits, I enjoyed a lot traveling around lake-town, the dwarves mountain episode and Smaug's lair.

The music it's also cool, with some medieval and irish influences.

The Bad
Some of the scenes from the book have been reduced just to some cut-scenes with a few pictures sliding and explaining everything, it wouldn't have hurt to have some more videos.

I would also loved to have some more RPG-ish stuff, like levels, abilities and some other things.

Also they took a very few liberties while narrating the story that hardcore fans will notice.

The Bottom Line
If you liked the book, get this game quickly, but if you disliked it I don't think you are going to enjoy this game.

PlayStation 2 · by Depth Lord (934) · 2005

Playing fast and loose with story + rushed game = ZZZZZ

The Good
Well, the controls are pretty simple, as this is your standard adventure, jumping etc. game. There certainly is some nice treasure hunting (which will add health points and allow you to buy items). The voice acting is pretty good and the running length is decent.

The Bad
Well, the graphics are annoyingly cartoony. It's really a shame the graphics weren't more like the Lord of the Rings games. The battles lack the kind of epic scale that was in the books (would you call an army of goblins 30?) and the enemy AI borders on pathetic sometimes. Stand in a particular spot that is slightly elevated above the other terrain and the screaming hordes (ok, maybe 2 or 3 guys usually) will either run around or just walk away and ignore you. Some of the stealth is terrible also. Enemies that don't get alerted when you hit them in the head with a rock? All the added material that the game puts in the levels is pretty annoying. Remember when in the goblin caves, Bilbo had to get these gears to activate these lifts so he could get the wart stone to bribe the goblin guard so he would let him through? No, I sure don't. Too much of the game feels like a chore. Go across great chasm to get crystal door knob, go back to activate the golden doo-hickey, then you can travel to search for the platinum whats-it. Then you activate the purple lift blah blah blah. Oh, and most of the enemies look like something you'd get out of a McDonalds Happy Meal.

The Bottom Line
This game is unfortunately another casualty of game developers rushing a game in time for an event be it Christmas, or the opening of a movie. If you're a big Tolkien fan, then renting this game should be sufficient.

GameCube · by James Kirk (150) · 2004

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Game added by Atomic Punch!.

Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube added by clef.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Corn Popper, chirinea, Xoleras, Crawly, dvdeus, GTramp, fakk3.

Game added December 12, 2003. Last modified March 13, 2024.