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The Hobbit

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Released
28 November 2004
Format
PS2, XBox, Nintendo DS
Developer
Vivendi

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The Hobbit
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Though based in the same world, this bright, breezy puzzle-solver has no ties to the Lord Of The Rings games. Vivendi have wisely done everything possible to distance themselves from the series, with this having a far more cartoonish look and childlike feel.

Anyone familiar with Tolkien’s first Middle-earth adventure will find the game remarkably faithful, taking in familiar locations and characters, albeit with giant Disney-sized eyes and godawful voice acting. Newcomers will no doubt find it cute, if a touch confusing, which, given the age range it appears to be targeting, is perhaps a mistake.

The linear gameplay is completely generic, with a basic ‘chat to odd-looking person, find odd-looking person’s missing object, kill something, lather, rinse, repeat’ set-up. Which is fine if you’re under ten and expect nothing more than pretty colours and intuitive controls, but distinctly lacking for anyone after something more involving.


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