7 cert, Warner Bros, Xbox 360 (also Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Nin­tendo 3DS, PC)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

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.

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