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#EntertainmentTech: 5 video games based on "The Hobbit" that you should discover

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JRR Tolkien is considered by many to be the father of modern fantasy novels. According to Deutsche Welle, his “Lord of the Rings” novels became the model upon which all modern fantasy writers base their work.

While reading about the adventures of Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring is great, putting their adventures into a video game format allows audiences to take an active role in the story rather than a passive one.

Here are some of the games people have made that are based on ‘The Hobbit’, whether based on the book or Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ movie trilogy.

The Hobbit (1982)

Let’s start with one of the first games that attempted to bring the magic of Middle-earth to gamers. This particular game based on Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” book was developed and published in 1982 by Beam Software for the Microsoft Disk (MS-DOS) operating system, by The Gamer.

The game has been described as “groundbreaking”, and it shows. It was surprisingly detailed for its time, with three-dimensional NPCs and an “ever-changing world”.

My Abandonware added that in addition to its graphics, the game accommodated a “large vocabulary[,] and surprisingly robust NPC interaction.”

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Fight for Middle-earth

Modern gaming is a time when mobile games are at their peak, and some companies are asking video game developers to create mobile games for people to play as a marketing strategy for the main show – the movie the game is based.

This is how The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Fight for Middle-earth has come to.

The mobile game is based on the latest film in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy, which focuses on the events before, during and after the Battle of the Five Armies.

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Although the vision of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s digital depiction of Middle-earth during the events of the film is laudable for its time, but it barely gives players the freedom they need to become active participants in the game, per Pocket Gamer.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Orc Attack

From mobile games to web browser games, film companies like Warner Bros. will do whatever it takes to market a movie as great as “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”.

Instead of a mobile game, however, Warner Bros. commissioned the creation of a game based on the film that can be played on web browsers.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug plays like Angry Birds, in which the player aims with the character of their choice at the orcs, either standing, walking or trying to harm you in any way. Successfully taking down all the orcs with arrows and health to spare will usually net you an average to excellent score.

If you want to try the game for yourself, visit The Hobbit website, which surprisingly is still running at press time.

The Hobbit (2003)

Even before Peter Jackson made his “The Hobbit” movie trilogy, game companies were looking for a way to bring Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to modern audiences. After the 1982 game, Sierra Entertainment took on the daunting task of doing just that, although the game received not-so-great reviews.

Sierra Entertainment The Hobbit pretty much feels like a bad Nintendo clone The Legend of Zelda. The game, according to the One Wiki, is loosely based on Tolkien’s book. It features heavily platforming mechanics over combat, which is a good thing as players of the game found the platforming puzzles easy, allowing people to progress through the game faster.

The game received an IMDB score of 62 based on 12 critical reviews and a user score of 7.3 based on 24 user reviews.

LEGO The Hobbit

Who said Tolkien didn’t belong in the world of LEGO? LEGO The Hobbit is a game set during the events of Peter Jackson’s “An Unexpected Journey” and “Desolation of Smaug” films, according to Warner Bros.

The game offers players of all ages the experience of being in Thorin’s company as well as the chance to take part in the revival of Lonely Mountain. It also allows younger players to learn more about Tolkien’s novels that don’t involve too much reading.

However, it is not without flaws. The game has proven to have slow combat mechanics, and its simplistic puzzle takes away much of the joy the game offers, per Gamespot.

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