The Hobbit (2003 video game)
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Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who lives in Hobbiton, a small town in the peaceful Shire region. One day a wizard named Gandalf shows up at his door and invites Bilbo on a quest. Bilbo declines but accidentally invites Gandalf to tea. The next day Gandalf and thirteen dwarves arrive at Bilbo's door. While they discuss their quest, Bilbo is overwhelmed by the subjects being discussed and faints. When he wakes he decides to go on the quest after all and hurries to join the dwarves before they depart.
After a nearly-fatal encounter with a group of trolls, the group is rescued by Gandalf who leads them to the Elven city of Rivendell, then across and under the goblin-infested Misty Mountains, and after an escape from wolves thanks to a timely rescue by the Giant Eagles, the company continue across Mirkwood Forest encountering spiders and wood elves, and then to Laketown, and on to Erebor to slay Smaug the dragon and reclaim the treasure stolen from the Dwarves. Finally, the characters enter the Dwarven Stronghold, and look for the Arkenstone, an artifact held in high regard by Bilbo's companions. When done, the final battle is fought against a horde of goblins seeking the treasure of the Lonely Mountain for themselves, and then at last Bilbo is able to return home.
- Dreamworld: During the dwarves' visit to Bag End, Bilbo falls asleep and dreams he is at the Battle of Five Armies.
- An Unexpected Party: Bilbo is sent to the Green Dragon, and must do some jobs along the way.
- Roast Mutton: Bilbo is sent to investigate a fire-light.
- Troll-hole: Bilbo must explore the troll cave and find the troll key. Troll-Hole and Dreamworld are the only levels not named after chapters in the book.
- Over Hill and Under Hill: Bilbo ends up in a helter-skelter adventure trying to get back to the dwarves after an interesting fall.
- Riddles in the Dark: Bilbo is lost and must find his way through a goblin-infested dwarf mine, fix broken lifts, and rescue Balfor, a dwarf of the Iron Hills (a character that does not appear in the book).
- Flies and Spiders: Bilbo is lost again and must find his way through a spider-infested Mirkwood Forest. He also fights minions of the Necromancer. He must rescue the dwarves from being eaten by the giant spiders.
- Barrels Out of Bond: Bilbo and the dwarves are not safely out of Mirkwood yet. The dwarves are captured by elves and Bilbo must find a way to rescue them, as well as a way to escape, while avoiding being seen by elves.
- A Warm Welcome: The dwarves and Bilbo escape to Lake-town, where they are welcomed by the townsfolk. Bilbo performs numerous missions for the town guard which includes expelling a group of thieves and goblins from Lake-town.
- Inside Information: Bilbo must steal the golden cup of Thrór from Smaug without waking him, and get the dwarves across a chasm to reach Erebor.
- The Gathering of the Clouds: Bilbo must find the Arkenstone for Thorin. He must also provide power to the rooms of Erebor.
- The Clouds Burst: This level is set during The Battle of Five Armies. Bilbo must fight or sneak his way through the battle to deliver a message to Bard of Lake-town, saying that the goblins are coming at him from behind, as Bard is unaware of this. He also meets up with Corwin, Lianna, and Beorn, whom he must help.
- Bilbo: The protagonist and the only playable character.
- Gandalf: The wizard, who organizes the Quest of Erebor with Thorin. He is not a playable character, but gives Bilbo different tasks and helps him fight against the goblins at the end of Over Hill and Under Hill. He appears in a few levels.
- Thorin: An important dwarf and King under the Mountain. He sets Bilbo a few tasks, like investigating the Troll camp and retrieving the Arkenstone. He appears in most levels.
- Bard: The Captain of the Town Guard. He appears in Lake-town and the Battle of Five Armies. In Lake-town he gives Bilbo jobs to perform in service of the town.
- Lianna: An elf of Thranduil's Hall in Mirkwood, Bilbo first meets her in the Troll Cave. She eventually helps Bilbo escape from Thranduil's Hall. She does not appear in the book.
- Corwin: A sad, heartbroken woodsman from Laketown. Bilbo meets him when searching for the dwarves in Mirkwood. He does not appear in the book.
- Balfor: A dwarf of the Iron Hills who has been made a slave of the goblins. He does not appear in the book.
Being a platformer, on the Game Boy Advance the game has a jump feature, plus rope swinging, ladder climbing, and so on. On systems other than than Game Boy Advance, the game featured 3D computer graphics and was more of a role-playing video game than a platform game. All versions of the game also features the use of the One Ring, to sneak up on, away from, and past enemies. Each level gives the player a series of quests, some of which are only optional to fulfill.
At the beginning of the game, the player gets a small preview of what upgrades can be acquired later in the game. This is done via the Dreamworld level. After this, the player starts off in the Unexpected Party level with limited combat abilities.
The player also can acquire a series of Quest Items. For example in Unexpected Party one of the optional quests is to collect provisions (sausages, tea cakes, etc.) for Bilbo's journey to Lonely Mountain.
The Hobbit received mixed to positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 59/100 on the PS2 and 62/100 on the PC, with a user score of 8 out of 10. Gamespot gave it 6.5/10 whilst IGN awarded the game 7.5/10.
The music was composed by Rod Abernethy and Dave Adams and recorded live with the Northwest Sinfonia in Seattle. The soundtrack won the "Best Original Soundtrack Of The Year" at the Game Audio Network Guild Awards held at the Game Developer's Conference in 2004. Most of the combat music is played with an acoustic guitar or an orchestra.
The voice cast of the game includes:
- Dee Bradley Baker - Gollum (additional sounds)
- Michael Beattie - Bilbo Baggins
- Alistair Duncan - Kíli
- James Horan - Smaug the Dragon
- Tom Kane - Narrator
- Daran Norris - Gollum
- Clive Revill - Thorin Oakenshield
- André Sogliuzzo - Bard, Ugslap
- James Arnold Taylor - Goblin
- Jim Ward - Gandalf the Gray
- Wally Wingert - Balfor
Additional voices are provided by Andrew Abelson, Brian George, Cam Clarke, Candi Milo, Dee Bradley Baker, Grey DeLisle, Jane Singer, Jennifer Hale, Joshua Seth, Kat Cressida, Kath Soucie, Michael Ensign, Michael Gough, Nathan Carlson, Oliver Muirhead, Patrick Pinney, Rob Dean, Robin Atkin Downes, Steve Staley, and Victor Raider-Wexler.
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