Hobbit The

Copyright: © 1983 Melbourne House
Genre: Adventure

Hobbit, The
Review 1:
Famous Tolkien's Middle Earth books were transfered to computer games and
this was the first one (naturally, since it is the first book as well).
The game follows the book's story closely and places you in role of Bilbo
as he ventures into great adventures. A classic game that started a
completely new genre on C64 and was also ported to PC. A textual
adventure with a few background pics was something new in the gaming
industry. The game possesed a pretty big vocabulary and was pretty hard
to complete. Now go and help Bilbo and Gandalf!

Review 2:

While I canít say Iím a great fan of text based adventure games and
probably never will be I still like The Hobbit simply because itís based
on the book with the same title by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit takes place
many years before the more popular trilogy Lord of the Rings and you play
as Bilbo Baggins (Frodo Bagginsí uncle). Like all other text based
adventure games you have to type you through the entire game so this is
something you have to get used to in order to enjoy the game fully. So
direction commands like north, south etc. will soon be something you are
used to typing. Compared to many other games in this genre the game
offers a lot of words to be used which is probably the best feature in
the game since less words will make it much harder to complete. Overall
the original story is followed pretty well and I especially like the
picture you see every time you get to a new area or if something special
happens. Of course the graphics are nowhere near todayís graphics but you
can recognize all the things from the books and this is what matters Ė at
last for fans of this genre and of course the popular story. A
recommended game unless you are only into action and/or sport games.

Review 3:

One of the first computer games based on Tolkien's works are based,
appropriately enough, on his first Middle Earth novel The Hobbit. The
game follows the book's plot very closely, as you guide Frodo's ancestor
Bilbo the hapless Hobbit and his band of equally clueless neighbors into
their first grand adventure. The game was revolutionary for its time,
with vibrant graphics, big vocabulary, and surprisingly robust NPC
interaction. Review 4: The Hobbit is the first part of the "lord of the
rings"-serie, but the game "The Hobbit" is a lot older than lord of the
rings 1&2. You can play with pictures, but it's mostly text-based. Review
5: From The Tolkien Games Archive: "This is one of the most classic text
adventures of all time; at least in Europe. The original game had a large
vocabulary and very good character interaction for its time. It was
probably the first time ever that such traits had been paired with
graphics in any text adventure. In 1985 it was selected #1 in the
magazine Sinclair User's Top 50 Spectrum Software Classics (but it only
made 42 in a later Top 100 List in Your Sinclair). The game was also
released as part of The Tolkien Trilogy. The game was first developed for
the TRS-80, but when the ZX Spectrum was released, it was decided to
continue development on that system, because of the Spectrum's superior
graphics and other capabilities. The first Spectrum version was called
1.1 to make it look more finished. A version 1.2 was later released with
several bugs fixed. A rumour that Tansoft created the Oric-1 versions is
not true. Tansoft only distributed that version. In the United States, it
was published a few years after its original appearance as The Hobbit
Software Adventure, a much extended and improved version. This version is
the first part of The Tolkien Software Adventure Series. In Europe, this
version was only distributed for the C64 and still under the title The
Hobbit. Across all platforms, the game sold in excess of one million
copies. The popularity of the game has inspired many parodies of it. So
far, I know about The Boggit, An Everyday Tale of a Seeker of Gold, The
Tebbit and Hobbit - The True Story. In addition, there is a German
simplified BASIC version of the game called Der kleine Hobbit. There are
also references to The Hobbit in many other games. The Tunnel Like Hall
picture is reproduced in Bored of the Rings, Gandalf and Bilbo appear in
Werners Quest, there is a grave-stone with the text "R.I.P. The Hobbit"
in the Commodore 64 version of The Quest for the Holy Grail and Quest for
the Golden etc... has so many references that it is almost a complete
parody of the game in itself. The game was rewritten in PL/I for an MVS
mainframe by an employee at IBM." Personal Opinion: to be honest I found
that the game moved a bit too fast for my liking, especialy at the
beginning. THe game is based on a classic piece of literature and so I
expected to be gently introduced to the plot, not thrust straight into
things. The NPC's too were slightly annoying, seemingly wandering around
at random. But what the hell, it's a classic game and I love Tolkien, so
I had to add it and you have to download it.

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