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[April 19, 2014]
Lego the Hobbit Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Warner Bros, cert: 7
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Developer Traveller's Tales appears to be on a quest to recreate the entirety of popular culture in primary-coloured plastic block form. Undergoing the Lego makeover this time are the first two films in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, the most light-hearted and comedic entry in JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth opus. The subject matter is already in familiar Lego game territory, so we know what to expect: a bright and breezy whistle-stop tour of the movies' significant events, packaged in an unpretentious collect-'em-up campaign. The series' trademark humour is ever-present (the one ring to rule them all is hilariously incompatible with Lego's fingerless residents), and though juggling a large company of lookalike dwarves can occasionally be fiddly, the co-op is perfect for teaming up with less experienced players. Rupert Higham (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.
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