Video Game History: The Hobbit (2003)

The Hobbit Nintendo Gamecube boxart

About two decades ago, some the biggest movies to hit the silver screen were the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While the movies were a success, many fans noted the absence of a film based on The Hobbit, which predates The Lord of the Rings books. Despite no movie at the time, Sierra decided to make their own video game for the PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC in 2003.

The Hobbit 2003 video game

The game faithfully followed most of the book. The plot involves Frodo Baggins’ uncle Bilbo as a young man. The tale is not as dark as the Lord of the Rings, and can be kind of charming than action-based.

Gollum cave The Hobbit 2003 video game

But the game itself was dubbed a “Zelda clone” by video game journalists. You had a basic sword, went through dungeon-like areas, and fought enemies and bosses.

Bilbo Baggins The Hobbit 2003 video game

While fans of the movies flocked to the Lord of the Rings games by EA, the Hobbit was rather ignored. It did decent critically earning modest review scores. But as many reviewers noted that while it was a decent attempt by Sierra, it didn’t come close to rivaling the Zelda series. I didn’t get into the movies until a few years later so I skipped it.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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