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The Hobbit

by Philip Mitchell and Veronika Megler

Episode 1 of The Tolkien Software Adventure Series
Literary/Tolkienesque
1983

(based on 19 ratings)
1 member review

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Former commercial
Baf's Guide ID: 866
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 6dzy6mc93tf0nzfs

Spoofs:
The Boggit, by Fergus McNeill and Judith Child
The Hobbit: The True Story, by Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson
Referenced in A babó (The Hobbit), by Robert Olessak

Editorial Reviews

PC Gamer
The world is condensed down to hilarious levels, especially if you’ve seen the sweeping vistas of the movie, to the point that Bilbo’s house is essentially next door to Rivendell, the Lonely Mountain, and probably close enough to Mount Doom to use it as a garbage incinerator. The actual plot points though are surprisingly close in a different way, including duelling with Gollum and persuading Bard to kill Smaug the dragon, meeting up with Elrond and finally making it back alive with a chest of gold and some vaguely nifty magic ring.

The main catch is that all the random elements really get in the way – they’re cool, on a technical level, but a real bloody nuisance in practice. Characters routinely disappear when you need them, or take endless cajoling to do what you need, and a world where Bilbo can beat up Thorin is a world that has no problem beating up Bilbo at a moment’s notice.
-- Richard Cobbett
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SPAG
Overall I can't really recommend The Hobbit except for historical interest. It requires a lot of patience and random inspiration to solve (even with a walkthrough!) and doesn't offer much in reward. None of the puzzles have any outstanding "Aha!" moments; one of the puzzles might have were it not for the fact that it's in the book. None of the situations are interesting or inspiring.
-- David Jones
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
The Hobbit, January 12, 2009
by Zagrebo (Glasgow, Scotland)
Related reviews: fantasy
Famous and still-popular game based on Tolkien's novel. Because of the limited amount of memory early home computers used the number of locations is relatively small but much of the original novel is squeezed in there with some good puzzles (although even today people get furious at the notorious Goblin Dungeon) and characters: "Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold."

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