Parents' Guide to

Lego The Hobbit

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Super fun, creative Tolkien/Lego mashup promotes teamwork.

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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.

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