LEGO THE HOBBIT
7 cert, Warner Bros, Xbox 360 (also Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC)
Not up to the standards of other Lego games, but still better than most movie tie-ins, Lego The Hobbit takes inspiration from the first two films in the Hobbit trilogy. It’s a cute, funny, userfriendly third-person action/ puzzle/construction game peppered by gentle humour. This is one of the more conventional Lego titles. It lacks the anarchy of Lego Marvel Superheroes or the zaniness of the Lego Movie Videogame. The fundamentals remain; the puzzles are pitched well and the local multiplayer is fun and cooperative. As always, each playable character brings different skills and specialities. It’s collaborative in more ways than one; you can take turns solving problems, or “buddy up” and attack enemies or obstacles as a team. Lego The Hobbit is a decent adaptation of the source material – both comprehensive and affectionately mocking.