TT Games, the studio that brought us Lego Lord of the Rings, has another Middle-earth adventure on the way. Lego the Hobbit is an all-new game based on the films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the upcoming The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
In the game, players will visit key locations like Bag End, Mirkwood and Rivendell. They'll also trek through all those filler locations that were introduced by Peter Jackson to stretch the lone novel into three overly long films. Not that we're bitter.
Players can control Bilbo, Gandalf or any of the dwarves. Yes, even the dwarves whose names you can't remember, like Dori or Fili or that guy with the face. Each character has a distinct special ability. For example, the morbidly obese Bombur can be used as a trampoline by his comrades.
“We are thrilled to depict the characters and environments of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth in LEGO form with the LEGO The Hobbit videogame,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director at TT Games. “Our family-friendly take on these thrilling adventures will have kids and parents playing and laughing together as they build and explore in LEGO Middle-earth.”
The journey won't be all orc bashing or troll stabbing, though there will be plenty of that. Players will also solve puzzles, mine gems and search for treasure. They can even build magical items or structures.
TT Games is developing Lego the Hobbit Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, 3DS, PC and Mac. All versions are expected to go live in Spring 2014.
"This game sounds fun but I wish there were a bunch of physical Lego Hobbit toys I could spend the rest of my money on," you're probably saying. Well, you're in luck. In a complete non-coincidence, Lego is selling several playsets based on scenes from the Hobbit films. For example, you can relive Bilbo's first meeting with Gandalf and the dwarves or opt for something less boring like a battle against the orcs and wargs.
"Those toys sound fun but I wish there was a Lego Hobbit film I could spend the money I borrowed from my friend on," you're probably saying. Well, you're in luck. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug will be arriving in theaters starting on December 13th. None of the characters have cylindrical heads, U-shaped hands, or egg crate feet but you should find it acceptable all the same.