Lego The Hobbit

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Super fun, creative Tolkien/Lego mashup promotes teamwork.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about teamwork, solve puzzles, and practice their socializing skills in this fun Lego-themed fantasy adventure. Players need to think about their characters' tools and abilities and then properly apply them in order to solve a variety of contextual brainteasers. Some puzzles involve selecting specific Lego elements to build models, which could set off a spark of imagination and lead kids to try building new things with real-world Lego. Plus, kids playing with friends need to communicate with one another to work out strategies and break up tasks to complete them more effectively. Lego The Hobbit requires thought, strategy, and creativity and makes for a constructive social experience.

Positive Messages

The game uses dialogue from the films to relate a more or less identical story. Themes of courage, friendship, and duty run strongly throughout. Many levels promote teamwork and cooperative play while offering means other than fighting to solve problems. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The large band of heroes under the player's control are a mix of fantastical humanoids working together against great evils. They delight in solving countless contextual conundrums throughout the game, though they also seem to enjoy their time spent in cartoonish combat.

Ease of Play

This game plays identically to other Lego games, which should make it easy for kids experienced with the series to dive into. There's no losing or failing (fallen heroes respawn without limit), and instructions are provided as needed when players encounter puzzles and new game mechanics. 

Violence

Plastic Lego minifigures including goblins, orcs, humans, dwarves, elves, wizards, and animals engage in combat with melee weapons such as hammers, swords, and staffs. Some enemies briefly cry out as their plastic bodies break apart and quickly disappear. 

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This game is based on Peter Jackson's Hobbit films as well as Lego's Hobbit-themed construction sets. It's likely to spark or strengthen young players' interest in both.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Lego the Hobbit is a cartoonish action game based on Peter Jackson's Hobbit films. Plastic Lego minifigures are substituted for all characters, making it a much lighter and more whimsical telling of the story, though it does use dialogue pulled straight from the films. The heroes get into a lot of fights using melee weapons, but enemies simply break into plastic pieces and disappear when defeated. Most kids are likely to eke out messages to do with teamwork and courage from the story, and local co-operative play makes this a good social gaming experience. Just keep in mind that kids who play the game will likely come away jonesing to watch the movies and buy associated Lego sets.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPickled Herring April 20, 2014

Sub par for a LEGO game

If your can can build a LEGO set of any complexity than this is just fine. If watching an Oreo fall apart is considered violence in your house, than this might... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymovielover7271 April 20, 2014

Very fun, but challenging

I've played the lego video games with my little brother for years, and we have a lot of fun together when we play them. We were amazed when we first tried... Continue reading

What's it about?

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug serve as the basis for LEGO THE HOBBIT, the latest in a long line of Lego games to parody popular films via the classic Danish building blocks. Both films are whimsically recreated scene-by-scene with copious amounts of dialogue plucked from the movies. Players get in on the action by taking control of not just Bilbo, Gandalf, and the story's famed dwarves, but also peripheral characters including elves, other wizards, and even a goblin or two. Goals in each level include fighting off enemies with plastic swords and hammers, bashing objects and collecting the Lego studs they release, and solving contextual puzzles using party members' unique skills, such as the dwarves ability to "stack" so other characters can climb them. Fans of Lego games will notice a few new additions to the franchise's tried-and-true formula, the most notable of which is the ability to collect loot -- metal bars, food, gemstones -- used to build special Lego models at workbenches. As always, a second player can join the first at any time with the press of a button.

Is it any good?

It may not significantly alter the Lego game blueprint, but Lego the Hobbit should still prove a blast for anyone young or old who enjoys the movies or book upon which it's based. It does a fine job of capturing the spirit of the films while simultaneously sending up beloved characters with all-ages jokes. And the action is as addictive as ever, begging players to keep smashing Lego models, solving little puzzles, and hunting down an almost endless array of collectibles. What's more, a surprisingly large hub world spanning from Hobbiton to Erebor offers more than 100 additional quests, objectives, and puzzles outside the main missions. There's enough here to keep kids (and their parents) playing for weeks on end. The only glaring issue is that the game only tells two-thirds of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale -- the events depicted in the first two Peter Jackson films. That leaves the story on a frustrating cliffhanger. A significant chunk of (paid) downloadable content based on Peter Jackson's final film in the trilogy will arrive alongside the movie this fall, but until then this otherwise great adventure is left feeling a bit unfinished.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fantasy. What's the difference between fantasy and science-fiction? How are they the same? Do you prefer one over the other?

  • Families can also discuss teamwork. Do you think you work well with others as part of a team? What do you like about cooperating with people? Are there any activities you prefer to do alone?

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