The Hobbit: Kingdoms

The Hobbit: Kingdoms

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

  • Overall, above average in everything, including IAPs cost
  • The Hobbit would deserve better
  • Too similar to too many games
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Expert's Review

"In a hole in the ground"

Reviewed by / May 27, 2013

The Hobbit management game

It should happen that we all are quite surprised by Kabam's choice on developing a management game based on The Hobbit, and not an adventure game or whatsoever. More odd seems the initial choice between dwarves or elves when we talk about a film in which elves take only a secondary role. Storyline gets odder when you realize that it takes place after [spoiler] Smaug's defeat [/spoiler], or at least that's what we would expect, though we can't tell for sure because an in-game Gandalf says that elves and dwarves wrestle over the Misty Mountain but cooperate to fend off the goblin hordes from beyond (really? wow! the goblin hordes from Angmar have arrived?)

Now that's obvious that Tolkien purists are running away from this piece of heresy to Middle Earth lore, let's focus on the game itself. It's a crude management game, in which you have to create farms (be warned, both "dwarven farm" and "elven farm" are concepts beyond our understanding) to increase your city's population, train troops and assign heroes to lead them. Of course, you can't do anything without resources, so that will be your main goal: to get in-game (wood, gold, etc) and premium (mithril) resources. There's a social side, too, as you can take part in online competitions and forge alliances with other players, namely your friends. In order to do so, an online real-time chat has been included as a feature.

Don't misunderstand this review. The Hobbit is a good management game, full of the best features from other games in the management genre, and its many in-app purchases are cheaper than other similar games'. However, we'd rather prefer that a solemn franchise as The Hobbit got something better than an Arcane Empires Middle-Earth skin.

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Developer's original description available here
The battle for Middle-earth has just begun! PLAY FOR FREE and join millions worldwide to drive the Goblin hordes from the lands beyond the Misty Mountains in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth! Gather friends to form powerful Alliances and make your way to the top of the leaderboards. Play as an Elf or Dwarf as you join Gandalf, Bilbo, and Thorin to build your empire and dominate the realm of Middle-earth.

• Appoint heroes including Gandalf, Legolas and Thorin Oakenshield to lead your troops in battle
• Join the Elves or Dwarves and train vast armies to rule the realm of Middle-earth
• Connect with fellow players in real-time to build a powerful Alliance to crush the competition
Adventure through epic quests to defeat fearsome bosses and the evil Dragon Smaug
• Strategize against opponents as you bring Middle-earth with you on your mobile device

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Recently changed in this version

▶ NEW: Introducing Legendary Gear!
- Equip the most epic artifacts of Middle-earth on your Heroes for special benefits!
- Equip Gandalf's Staff on Gandalf and Tauriel's Elven Bow on Tauriel for additional boosts!

UI Improvements:
▶ Bulk Open your troop and resource items!
▶ View the available reward list for Campaign levels and Alliance Bosses you discover in Campaign Mode
▶ Bulk buy your favorite chests/items in the Shop

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Comments and ratings for The Hobbit: Kingdoms
  • (64)

    by WillNC on 13/02/2013

    Too buggy, i have it on galaxy tab II and i can't type on chat

  • (64)

    by Jared Kirk on 13/07/2014

    Games Amazing just wish they would put a spending limit on the game

  • (64)

    by Joe Weber on 13/07/2014

    You will work at building just to be farmed by higher players so you can't progress. Same crap money wins.people bragging about cheats etc.

  • (64)

    by Jonathan Jackson on 13/07/2014

    Great game

  • (64)

    by Sarah Penfold on 13/07/2014

    I keep having to uninstall the app and reinstall it due to a fatal error message which meams that I cannot play the game. Extremely annoying and time consuming.

  • (64)

    by Penny Johnson on 13/07/2014


  • (64)

    by Robert Mann on 13/07/2014

    This was once a great game but sadly the greed of Kabam took over and it has become nothing more than about money. If you are fine with spending thousands of dollars on a game just to be competitive then this is the game for you. If not I would not even waste the time. They take care of the big spenders while others are cast aside. As for me my money will go to clash of clans and boom beach. Games