LEGO The Hobbit Review

LEGO The Hobbit takes you back once more to Middle Earth, with plenty of studs, breaking items, collection and jumping puzzles. It’s another Lego game in other words.

LEGO The Hobbit: On the plus side

I’ve played a lot of LEGO Games, taking in worlds far away back in the Star Wars era, through Indiana Jones’ forays, Harry Potter’s magical LEGO, Captain Jack Sparrow’s piratical LEGO, both Batman and Marvel’s super-LEGO and even the open world of LEGO City Undercover.
LEGO has taken a dip into the worlds of J.R.R Tolkien before with LEGO Lord Of The Rings, and the latest LEGO game returns to that world with LEGO The Hobbit, a game based on the first two of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy of films.

It’s all very familiar stuff if you’ve played previous LEGO games, and that makes it very suitable for younger players, as well as co-operative split screen play because there’s no way to fail a level. Destruction and lots of collection of shiny LEGO studs still sits at the core of the Lego experience in Lego The Hobbit.
What’s new is the use of loot, wood, stone, gems, food and rope within the world and levels. With the exception of the tutorial and one other section the loot needed is easily found and seems to live in a bag of holding with every character able to access it. Loot is found the same way just about every thing else in a LEGO game is found, by destruction. Some stones however require a pick axe mini-game with a timed arrow click to retrieve loot.

Break things apart, pick up all the tasty loot, repeat, repeat, repeat. But this time, with a chap with hairy feet.
Break things apart, pick up all the tasty loot, repeat, repeat, repeat. But this time, with a chap with hairy feet.

Most of the loot provides access to a building mini-game which rewards you with bonus studs. Within levels you need to complete the mini game to complete the level. You watch as an object is build and it will stop and wait for the selection of a specific LEGO piece from a provided selection. The faster you correctly select the more bonus studs you receive at the end.
The landscape and even the look is very familiar if you have played LEGO Lord of the Rings.
That ring. I've seen it somewhere before.
That ring. I’ve seen it somewhere before.

To allow for the fact that most of the main characters you are playing as are dwarfs there game introduces a “buddy up” system which is when two characters team up to attack an enemy or object. It is worth noting that only dwarfs and hobbits can buddy up.
The quicktime sections also return from previous games as do the Mithril bricks for forging objects. There are many side quests and extra areas to explore.
A lovely touch is the voice over reading in the style of the book rather than just pulling quotes from the movie. The music and much of the voice acting during the story mode is pulled from the first two films.
Next page: Lego The Hobbit: On the minus side

Author: Alex

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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