When you click start on any Lego game you always have a sense of certain elements being a part of your adventure. The series itself has found its niche market that has captured the minds of kid gamers and family fun nights. With an excellent balance, adventure and puzzles never appear get old inside any of the Lego games. Sadly many fans are up in arms at Lego the Hobbit because several of the locations played during the game and adventures are pulled directly from the TT Games 2012 release of Lego Lord of the Rings. These fans need to remember something about the Lord of the Rings franchise, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings takes place in the same world, so the characters have a great chance of seeing the some of the same sights as others. It’s a small world after all and the world of Lego The Hobbit and Lego Lord of the Rings grasp that ideal completely.

Inside Lego the Hobbit the core game mechanics of all other Lego games are covered. Using the growing cast of Lego characters from the legendary Tolkien universe, players will work through a sortment of mash, jump and solve stages based on the iconic book. Like all other motion pictures turned into Lego games the player will look forward to different viewpoint Lego places on some of the Iconic scenes. One of the best parts of any Lego cut scene is to watch what is happening background as your characters are advancing the story. These small gems always lead to a good laugh and often some of the most remembered aspects of the game.

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The action of Lego the Hobbit is as complex of any of the other Lego adventure game and provides players the chance to enjoy a good solo campaign or playing locally with friends or family. Some cool concepts in the game that have evolved is how TT Games have expanded on the puzzles. In several places throughout each level you have to use the buddy system where two characters have to work together to usually break an object. This advances the need of different players and makes you rely on your teammate more than in the past.

Similar to Lego Lord of the Rings, the real fun of the game happen after you have completed all the missions. Spending time exploring the world of Middle Earth is always exciting and Lego The Hobbit draws your attention and allows you to keep the gameplay moving forward much longer than normal adventure games released today.

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If you as a gamer are one of those people who have to conquer every aspect of a game you will be going to run into several hours of tedious and often time-consuming gameplay. TT Games have expanded on the crafting system that was in place for Lego Lord of the Rings. Sadly the crafting system takes away from the gamepaly and by the end of the game you want to pull your hair out if you have to hunt down anything else to craft into a key to open a specific door. The crafting system in Lego Lord of the Rings wasn’t great, but they should have stuck with it instead of making it a larger pain for the player.

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Lego the Hobbit is a good adventure game that continues to build on the tradition started by TT Games in 2005 with Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. You don’t experience any new leaps and bounds in gameplay or style, but if you loved the Lego games of the past Lego the Hobbit will fit well in your collection. A bit of a spoiler it is not all the games, but stops at the end The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. If you are looking for the complete Hobbit tale in one place this isn’t it, but with the Lego beast steam rolling through I’m sure you can expect it in a few years.