"The Hobbit" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Sierra Entertainment. It is a roleplaying game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
In this title, players assume the role of Bilbo Baggins as he travels through Middle Earth on well known quests from the novel. The player will assist a band of dwarves, battle Smaug and eventually capture the ring from Gollum. The game itself is a series of quests which others will request the player complete. Most of the quests involve object gathering or retrieval but can feature simple puzzles to include activating a series of switches in a certain order. Hindering his progress will be typical Middle Earth enemies but are dealt with by attacking. The game itself can be compared to The Legend of Zelda due to its presentation perspective and actual tasks required of Bilbo. The game is quite simple to complete and would likely entertain all ages who are interested in Tolkien's novels.
The graphics are presented from a top side perspective which focuses on Bilbo. Due to the outdoor locations the images can appear to be very repetitive with many hillside and forested locations but this is offset very quickly by the character design. Each character sports a unique appearance which is very bold in its shading; each feature a very strong appearance on the display. I also found the images to be large enough to note some finer facial details which further enhanced my opinion of the artwork. The soundtrack is somewhat limited in its implementation. Many voice snippets from Bilbo come across as a startled growl which can become a repelling experience over time. The musical scores are gentle and lower in volume as to not distract the player from the experience.
Overall, The Hobbit is a good roleplaying game which follows Tolkien's work appropriately. I would recommend it to those interested in said work as it is a suitable play for all ages but is hindered slightly by some areas of audio and video.
I was given this game by a friend and I have to say it was completely addictive. I picked this up and was initially put off by all the talking in this game, the graphics are ok but ive seen better. However despite all this, i found myself become totally engrossed in this game.
There were some tricky bits, and the one thing i found incredibly annoying when you faced a tricky bit, was that you could be walking around for ages and i know i one point i had to call the expert of the internet to help me out, for i just couldnt get past one bit. However, if you do manage to work anyparts out, it is satisfying.
I found i got to end level very quickly, perhaps 3 days time, and thought well that was easy, however, the last stage had me stuck for over a week, i could not defeat the end boss and i thought i was going to scream. Eventually and i dont know how, i defeated him, it maybe worth looking up online a few tips though, as this is a tricky ending.
Overall this is a good game, its very annoying but i was well happy when i finished it. I think you can pick it up cheaply on ebay for around £4