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Hobbit, The

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Full titleHobbit, The
Year of release1982
PublisherMelbourne House (UK)
Re-released bySinclair Research Ltd (UK)
Author(s)Beam Software (Philip Mitchell, Veronika Megler)
Tie-in licenceJ.R.R. Tolkien (UK) (book: Hobbit, The)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
TypeAdventure: Text
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£14.95
Budget price£9.95
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeNone
Additional infoAppeared on tape 2, side A of the compilation Tolkien Trilogy, The (Beau-Jolly Ltd)
Participant in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards
Features Illustrated Adventure
Features Bookware
This title has known errors
Also listed on Wikipedia and Freebase
Remarks2nd place in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards - Game of the Year 1983.
Winner of the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Strategy Game.
There also was Guide to Playing the Hobbit, A.
This was the first Spectrum game ever to sell a million copies.
Veronika remembers: "It was never released in the US, because some company owned the rights to the pictures, and wouldn't let us license it there.
On the funny side - in a pre-release version I'd written in an angry dwarf that kept trying to kill you, and if you did something (I don't remember what) it became a randy dwarf, and kept following you around and propositioning you. But Fred and Phil decided that was a little too much, and made me take it out again."
SPOT commentsre-issued at £9.95 without the book
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC, BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and MSX
An unofficial conversion exists for the Commodore Plus/4
Score 8.54 (207 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitTheV1.0.tzx.zip31,200(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release9780861616909
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitTheV1.2.tzx.zip31,671(Perfect TZX tape image)Original releaseMH2469780861616909
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitTheV1.2(TextOnly).tzx.zip31,736(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release9780861616909
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitTheV1.0.tap.zip45,782((non-TZX) TAP tape image)
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitTheV1.2.tap.zip34,009((non-TZX) TAP tape image)
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator HobbitThe(SinclairResearchLtd).tzx.zip31,211(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseG19/S

Additional material
HobbitThe.gif3,915(Loading screen)
HobbitThe.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
HobbitThe.gif2,637(In-game screen)
HobbitTheV1.0.txt28,336(English instructions)
HobbitTheV1.2.zip566,924(Scanned English instructions)
HobbitThe.jpg97,133(Game map)
HobbitThe_2.jpg143,334(Game map)
HobbitThe_3.jpg211,387(Game map)
HobbitThe_4.png159,869(Game map)
HobbitThe_5.png324,576(Game map)
HobbitThe.jpg328,048(Cassette inlay)
HobbitTheV1.2.jpg454,465(Cassette inlay)
HobbitThe(SinclairResearchLtd).jpg323,668(Re-release cassette inlay)
HobbitThe_OriginalPackaging-Back.jpg67,725(Original packaging)
HobbitThe_OriginalPackaging-Front.jpg77,536(Original packaging)
HobbitThe_RegistrationCard.jpg58,929(Registration card)
HobbitThe_RegistrationCardEnvelope.jpg24,026(Registration card)

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