The Hobbit: Kingdoms

The Hobbit: Kingdoms

5,000,000 - 10,000,000 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 thousands worldwide to drive the Goblin hordes from the lands beyond the Misty Mountains in The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth!

Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin and thousands of players require your help to pacify the Goblin threat in the new combat strategy game from Kabam. Play as an Elf or a Dwarf, build up your city, and destroy the Goblins. But remember - the rift between Elves and Dwarves runs deep!

Massively Multiplayer Strategy Action

✔ Join thousands of other players worldwide
✔ Forge diplomatic alliances with other leaders
✔ Train vast armies to rid the land of Goblins
✔ Conquer enemies across Middle-earth
✔ Upgrade buildings and weapons to strengthen your city
✔ Plan strategy in real time live chat
✔ Participate in tournaments for valuable rewards

Elf and Dwarf Player Factions

✔ Play as Elf or Dwarf, with unique buildings, troops, and quests
✔ Meet Bilbo, Gandalf, and other characters from the movie
✔ Appoint heroes like Legolas and Thorin Oakenshield to lead your troops
✔ Conquer the terrors of Mirkwood and bring peace to Rhovanion
✔ and much, much more!


Note: A network connection is required to play


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Recently changed in this version

- NEW Mini Game: “Tauriel’s Circle of Fate”! Press your luck for Middle-earth’s finest prizes!
NEW non-trainable troops – Stone Giants, Pack Mammoths, and Master Rangers, ONLY obtainable through "Tauriels Circle of Fate", Various Events, and Mystery Boxes!
- NEW Chat can now be hidden in City View!

Comments and ratings for The Hobbit: Kingdoms
  • (66)

    by Eric Farkas on 14/04/2014

    Sooo much fun!

  • (66)

    by Mary Anne Oliveri on 14/04/2014

    Lot's of fun.

  • (66)

    by Ramon Abreu on 14/04/2014

    If you want to spend a lot of money you can dominate the game. Graphics are good but there is boy animation, no movement just images and button pushing.

  • (66)

    by Raymund Swales on 14/04/2014

    Great game play on so many levels. Spend if you want, but I never have. Building, war'ing, sharing. You do not need to spend money to do extremely well but it takes a little dedication and a good Alliance. Nicely complex and evolving. Issues? Couple silly

  • (66)

    by Andrea Clark on 14/04/2014

    I have had a great experience with it

  • (66)

    by Mike B on 14/04/2014

    But all kabam care about is money, everyone used to be equal on a new server but now unless your willing to spend half your wages u will get left behind, people that spend have a massive advantage over you its now pointless

  • (66)

    by Joe Christmas on 13/04/2014

    Best game I've seen in a while