Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Lego: The Hobbit

GAME DETAILS
Released
15 April 2014
Format
Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, PS4
Developer
TT Games

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
4 Star Empire Rating
Sims 4, The
2 Star Empire Rating
Destiny
4 Star Empire Rating
Tales Of Xillia 2
3 Star Empire Rating
Metro Redux
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Mario Kart 8
5 Star Empire Rating
Titanfall
5 Star Empire Rating
Dark Souls II
5 Star Empire Rating
Forza Motorsport 5
5 Star Empire Rating

Lego: The Hobbit


submit to reddit

Lego: The Hobbit (2014)
Review
Lego’s transformation from purveyor of plastic bricks to big-hitter in the digital world continues apace, with the first two Hobbit films the latest to get the Lego treatment in a seemingly endless production line of games. It would be easy to adopt a cynical approach, but like all the other games churned out by the wondrous TT Games, Lego: The Hobbit is so irresistibly beguiling that such thoughts seem beyond churlish.

If you’ve played any previous Lego games, you’ll know what to expect from Lego: The Hobbit: action-adventure gameplay involving platforming, puzzle-solving, fighting and building Lego objects, all played out to the backdrop of a Legofied take (with extra slapstick and humour) on the first two Hobbit films (the third will be added at the end of the year as downloadable content). But if that sounds overly familiar, don’t be fooled: TT Games’ legendary inventiveness adds some fresh spins to the well-worn formula.

In particular, having a large cast of dwarves, plus Bilbo and the wizards Gandalf and Radagast (who mainly solves puzzles by curing sick animals) generates all manner of possibilities. Dwarves with longer weapons can stack on top of each other to form makeshift ladders, or buddy up to smash through tough obstacles. Others have slingshots, arrows and flails, which can be used to hit targets, pull hooks, swing across chasms and so on. The rotund Bombur’s belly can even be employed as a springboard. You have to take a while to familiarise yourself with each member of the party’s specific skills, but that sucks you deeper into the story.

And the films themselves – An Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug – when rolled into one, seem unusually well suited to the Lego-game treatment. TT Games has ditched Peter Jackson’s filler and boiled them down to their key episodes, and The Hobbit is by some distance the finest-looking Lego game yet – the way in which it manages to reconstruct the films’ breathtaking scenery using plastic bricks is mightily impressive. Plus, they benefit from little flashes of trademark humour – we’re pretty sure, for example, that Thorin Oakenshield didn’t windsurf on the molten gold stream at the end of the second film.

And when you have worked through the storyline, you have the whole of Middle Earth at your disposal – TT Games hasn’t skimped on the extra dungeons, side-missions and mini-games, and there’s an awful lot of collecting to be done. Plus, the whole thing is playable by two people co-operatively. So, once again – as long as you’re not suffering from Lego-fatigue – Lego: The Hobbit provides a thoroughly charming opportunity for some top-quality parent-offspring bonding.


Reviewed by Steve Boxer

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)