Available On: Android, iOS
The Hobbit: Kingdoms is an interesting game, but it’s also very strategic and takes a lot of patience. Games like these intrigue me a lot, and upon installing this game I realized that it was very similar to another game called Kingdoms of Camelot, which was a multiplayer Facebook flash game. Kingdoms of Camelot is extremely similar to this game, but as a hardcore fan of Lord of the Rings, I will be biased and say that The Hobbit: Kingdoms game is about one hundred times better. In a non biased factor, the design and overall quality in The Hobbit: Kingdoms is extraordinary compared to similar games I’ve played.
In The Hobbit: Kingdoms, you can choose whether to follow the way of the Dwarves and build a mighty Dwarven Kingdom or to follow the paths of the Elves and build a mighty Elven Kingdom. I chose the Dwarves, as they are probably my most favorite fantasy race. As standard with these types of games, I was taken through a quick tutorial introducing me to all of the gaemplay features of the game. It was a short and sweet tutorial. About two minutes into the tutorial I was sent on my way to play in the world of Middle-Earth on my own without Thorin Oakenshield guiding me through every step. I definitely liked how short the tutorial is, sometimes they can really drag it out and ultimately make the game feel boring.
Like Kingdoms of Camelot, this game is entirely online, so an internet connection is going to be required to get anywhere in this game. Now, when they were originally talking about the game, it definitely did not sound like a Kingdoms of Camelot clone, but some singleplayer RPG. Regardless, this game is fun, but it takes a lot of patience. You create buildings in plots of land, but then have to wait a set allotment of time before it finishes. Eventually things will start getting so advanced that you will be waiting days at a time for things to be finished. It gives the game a bit more realism, but it does get annoying at times when you just want to constantly advance your kingdom like you would in a regular RTS game (e.g. Battle For Middle Earth). Regardless, the time allotments do weed out people who aren’t dedicated to becoming the best in all of Middle-Earth. Along with that, it keeps the game very balanced with the thousands of people that are playing.
Overall, The Hobbit: Kingdoms is a great game. It’s graphical quality and even its overall quality is exquisite. I’m looking forward to continuing to play the game, especially since it isn’t driven by spending $100 in micro-transactions like a game I reviewed earlier did. I’m excited to see what further development will bring to The Hobbit: Kingdoms. Hopefully this isn’t a final build and they are just going to drop it like a hot potato because this game has a ton of potential. Especially because it is on multiple platforms.