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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. Every character and object in the game has a calculated mass which affects how they can be manipulated by the player.

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. In contrast to other text-based games of the period which were based on simple verb-noun parsers, Inglish allowed for complete sentences to be entered.

Screenshots

The Hobbit ZX Spectrum Outside your house are lots of hills
The Hobbit Macintosh Title screen
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 BBC Micro Wandering through mountains

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Critic Reviews

Tilt PC Booter Dec, 1986 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 100
Home Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Nov 08, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1983 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX 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
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Sep, 1986 81 out of 100 81
ZX Computing ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Home Computing Weekly BBC Micro Jan 10, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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I have The Hobbit for GBA. 5 Martin Smith (66864)
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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Contributed to by Trypticon (11033), Trixter (9122), Guy Chapman (2001), Kabushi (215724), Martin Smith (66864), Pseudo_Intellectual (60996) and koffiepad (10531)