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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Adventure Board Game
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- For 2 to 15 players
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey game can be integrated into the second Hobbit game and The Lord of The Rings game also from pressman
- Contents: 12 hexagonal playing board pieces; 15 character pawns with stands; 25 Die-cut Enemy tokens
- Includes 2 D6 dice white; 100 cards, score pad, rules
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Pressman Toys Hobbit Unexpected Journey Adventure Game
Experience the first part of the exciting journey to the Lonely Mountain and reclaim the stolen treasure from the dragon Smaug. This official game retells the first Hobbit film as 2 to 15 players take the roles of characters from the film, traversing twelve Middle Earth locations to do battle, solve riddles and earn points along the way.
- Recommended Ages: 8 years & up
- Product Measures: 10.5" by 10.5" by 2"
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Top Customer Reviews
In conclusion: Poorly written directions, poorly thought out game cards, minimal fun...mostly frustration, and no end in sight. Don't waste your money...or your time.
Addendum: I also emailed the company my thoughts on this game as I was not happy about paying so much for such a poorly thought out game. They emailed me an 8 page FAQ sheet made by the inventor after the game "that should enhance and clarify game play". With a game this new, to already have a full 8 page FAQ sheet speaks for itself.
Everything everyone has said here is true-- the instructions are miserable, gameplay is woeful, the cards make no sense, Gandalf or Bilbo or Thorin are randomly transported to spots miles away on the board while the remaining 12 dwarves all get stuck trying to get out of the shire. The entire experience is depressing.
On the plus side, the family had a good discussion about how marketers can turn beloved things like The Hobbit and board games into utter crap when the only desire is to cash in. Buyer beware. I don't write reviews often, but this is such an egregious stinker that I felt it had to be addressed.
These don't yet make the game totally playable - it is still far too slow and long - but there are good elements
Key element is to divide the party into teams - e.g. three players: one has Bilbo + 3 dwarves, one has Thorin + 3 dwarves, one has Gandalf and 3 dwarves. Any dwarves not involved don't play at all.
I would suggest the aim is to get your whole team to Eagle Eyrie at which point game ends and total points per team are counted.
Many more modifications are needed - suggestions: all of your characters move on every turn; combat: forget 'running', winner of 2-dice roll scores damage (the attack / defence business is far too slow); troll rules need changing - if troll wins round of combat suggest move battling character and nearest other character to troll cave with troll; Goblin King card needs to be changed (business of passing card to left makes no sense); need major solution to those mass collections of wargs / goblins on the right of the board...; getting people to Treetops and then Eagle Eyrie needs to be clarified etc..etc..
One can see that the game would then involve some strategy - do you try to score points by knocking out enemies, or race to the end to get the points associated with getting to Eagle Eyrie? How much time do you invest in trying to pick up supplies at the beginning? Getting your team to meet each other to exchange things helps but could also waste time. The team of dwarves you have might determine that e.g. Dwalin and Bombur are stronger fighters, Oin can restore lost points etc.. The team with Bilbo has to wait for him to get the ring which is quite time consuming etc..
if I didn't have a day job I would try to produce a properly written and road-tested version...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not like this game. It is a roll move in which you make next to no meaningful decisions. The components are cheaply made and feel temporary. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Malnord
It only took an hour for my husband and I to play (that may have been because we got lucky getting the Treetop Card & Eagle Card shortly upon reaching the Red Card area. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Duney
I haven't had a chance to play this with my grandson yet, but he has read the book and enjoyed the story very much.Published 16 months ago by MBH
Got this game for Xmas - card deck was missing. Phoned pressman and was told I was out of luck because the game is discontinued. Read morePublished 18 months ago by nokol60
Honestly, if I could give it 0 stars I would. I'd only echo what other reviewers have said in their 1 and 2 star reviews:
1) The game's rules are horrendous;
2) The... Read more
Terrible game, lack of rules, back game play, highly slanted toward certain characters, let along misspellings and unfinished quotations. Very disappointed.Published 19 months ago by IRice
Well thought out (mostly anyway) and lots of fun. My 5 and 6 year old daughters even like joining in from time to time. The ending of the game seems to be the only weak point.Published on March 7, 2014 by AlexBeau