The Hobbit

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This game received 300 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.228 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #28 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.542

Artwork: 8.977

Sounds/Music: 8.476

Other Aspects: 7.977

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13 days ago
Owned my LE for almost a year, and still loving it. The variety and number of modes really makes this game great for a home environment.
14 days ago
I was genuinely surprised by this game. When I first saw it I hated it, I thought the playfield looked barren and couldn’t believe it was a wide body. Then I played it on location and had a blast with it even before I understood the rules, but after a little research of the rules and playing it in a home environment this game really shines. It has super deep code with the most modes I’ve ever seen in a game. When set up properly it actually can shoot quite fast, mine is not “floaty” at all. The only downside is that it seems to have its share of air balls. It’s definitely the most beautiful machine I have seen!
32 days ago
Wide body a bit slow to play but magnificent pin
33 days ago
Seems like the open playfield has a lot of landscape that could be filled. The pop ups can be kinda annoying at times. Stop and Go is not my thing.. Flow baby Flow !!
46 days ago
Bought this one NIB but sold it quite quickly because of what the majority here is also saying. Empty playfield and a bit boring. But after a while was feeling that I missed something so I watched some tutorial videos of the machine and after watching for a couple of hours I decided to buy back my own Smaug.

Now I am enjoying it very much as there are so many ways to play the game. It feels like the game takes you through the films if you want to. There is so much to do and cleverly programmed by Keith that it is just awesome.

I must say that I am a fan of deep rule games such as WoZ, TSPP, TZ so you have to be into that kind of games to enjoy learning the fine details of this game. It can be fun just to shoot the dragon, but that is not the point of this game. It requiers some commitment to fully enjoy it.

Contrary to what people think, you DO NOT have to watch the screen constantly. The clever use of RGB lighting points out everything right on the playfield. Screen is nice to check what you have accomplished so far.
65 days ago
Ok it's definitly a new pinball generation but my feeling is that this game is not finished... I played with it with pleasure but some parts (3rd flipper... why ???) make me feel like they launched this game too early.
Without that it's a awesome and pretty pinball !
67 days ago
As the second game of JJP, I had very high expectations. While the game is definitely worth dropping quarters in to play, it wouldn't be one for my home. Basically, you have a crazy open open playfield with very long shorts to hit anything. Which is fine and fun. But there are four popup monsters that come up regularly that get in the way of shots. I'm a huge fan of 3+ flipper games, but the third flipper on this one is useless. There are no special shots that you can make with the upper right flipper, which makes it feel useless. While the code is phenomenally deep, none of the modes necessarily feel unique. Rather, I just work into multiball and try to keep the balls alive. While hitting things, modes stack on, points go up, and the game progresses. A lot of fun if you like multiball, and lots of lights and call outs, but hard to really develop a strategy.
72 days ago
After owning this game for a few months I rerated. The 2.0 update was great and the family loves this game. Very deep and a blast to play (provided you have 45 mins to an hour). My fav game in my collection easily. Love it!
78 days ago
I have MMR LE, WOZ RR, LOTR LE, MET LE, and the Hobbit Smaug in my line up. This is nothing short of amazing. The build quality is incredible. The overall feel of the machine is great once you have it dialed in. I have only played about 40 games, but thus far its a very fun machine. For those of you who compare the game to LOTR LE ... well there's no comparison. Their both entirely different games. If given a choice all of my kids gravitate to the this game if for nothing other than the incredible graphics, sound quality, and general theme.....the entire family loves playing this game. My initial impressions were good, but not great. The key is you have to give this pin a chance. Its a little slower than my other pins, but once you get into it, and start understanding the deep rules it gets really really fun.
84 days ago
This is a great game. Super fun with plenty of depth to keep you coming back for more. I hope to add it to my collection some day.
3 months ago
Awesome game. Very beautiful. And Im a pretty good pinball player and the complaint that it is way to easy is way off the mark, it isn't the hardest game I've played but it's far from a cake walk.
3 months ago
This is my second JJP machine. I wasn't very excited for The Hobbit as I wanted Dialed In, but lost a 2-1 vote for which machine to purchase next for the store. That being said, I've been very surprised with how much fun this machine is. I like WOZ better, but they are very different. The Hobbit isn't quite the drain monster and multi ball seems easier to achieve. Which is great for a rookie like myself!
3 months ago
LOVED IT! Wish I had the dough to own it!
3 months ago
Not for me in the slightest. Theme is decent, but wasted on such a massive empty widebody. All the shots are crammed up the top save for a few pop-up 'trolls' which get in the way and aren't utilised as sparingly or as good as in Medieval Madness. Widebody layouts should only be used if there's lots to them (TZ, Roadshow, WOZ), this one is just uninviting. There are no toys that interact with the ball, save for a magnet next to the Smaug head that holds it while he speaks. The display is a mess in my opinion, much like Wizard of Oz, and aside from multiball, I literally had no idea what I was supposed to be shooting for, which mode I was playing, whether I was in a mode or not or what part of the films I was at, and it overall just felt very dull as a result. Audio also does nothing to help, and there's no instructions card you can read whilst holding the ball on the flipper. Also, what is the third flipper for? Same as WOZ, don't just put a flipper on for the sake of it, give it a ramp or something! Overall, really not for me, I don't like the way JJP design their games, but I know lots of people do so that's good, hopefully I can warm to them with the right layout.
4 months ago
I have tried so hard to like this game as I love LOTR, but many many plays later I have to say .... it's boring. Hitting the ball up the wide body play field and yawn for it to return. They nailed the theme , music , cabinet. Quality product , yep they nailed it all except for. .... gameplay ..... to slow
4 months ago
I know it's a little contrary to popular opinion, but I find this game to feel more like a slot machine than a pinball. Too much going on in the back glass and too many weird modes and distractions from a solid game of pinball. A decent play, and I love where Jersey Jack is going with some of their new pins, but this one is just not my fav of their line up.
4 months ago
I love this game-- super fun and super deep. The only thing I can imagine changing is adding lights so I can see the badass playfield better, particularly in the back.
4 months ago
There are some neat things in this game like the moving drop target shots...but beyond that I am struggling to think of anything nice to say.

Just a complete miss by JJP despite the cool tech and very talented people working on it.

The layout is just very boring to shoot and the toys are not very interesting -- great software not enough to make it very interesting to play.

Might be good for those that really enjoy old school slow games and long ball times. I like the opposite, so not a fan.
4 months ago
I have to say this is one of my all time favorite pins out there. Only played it at one "event" for about 3 hours but know a lot of people who own the game .
the Lastability and Ruleset are awsome, sound blew me away ( i know a lot is recycled but i still loved it a lot)
and i can recomend every one to try this game! even if it may look empty and boring, trust me.
5 months ago
One of the best looking games ever made. Looks more modern than most games out there. Sound is superb.

But, unfortunately it's not fun to play. Never recovered from a bad playfield design. 4 flippers, then 3 and the third is fairly pointless.

This game needed to be a narrow body as now game times are way too long and it doesn't have hooks to keep playing it.
6 months ago
For perspective, I owned, loved and regret ever selling WOZ. I was in on The Hobbit, but got out because of the Elaut scandal and rumors about financial troubles at JJP. I count myself as a JJP fan, and I am a huge fan of Keith Johnson's coding. I'm really glad that JJP appears to have stabilized and is now shipping The Hobbit.
I have played The Hobbit 3 times now. Once, early in the code at Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown '15, once recently at the 2Up, and today at Arcade Amusements in Manitou Springs, CO.
It is a beautiful game. It is just gorgeous, perhaps the best looking game since WOZ. Definitely among the top 10 prettiest games of all time. If they had done direct printing cabinets like early WOZs, it might take the #1 spot on looks alone.
However...the playfield is laughably empty. The ball floats around the playfield like I'm playing an 80s Bally or something. I wonder if they did this intentionally as a response to the difficult maintenance of WOZ. If the ball is really slow and there's nothing to hit, nothing can break, right?
Can this shell of a game be salvaged by Keith Johnson? If so, this will (further) solidify his reputation as the GOAT programmer.
6 months ago
probably one of the most beautiful games ever made.
6 months ago
I liked this machine, but ultimately decided to get a Wizard of Oz instead for my collection. THe game is fun to play, but dare i say "easy", as balls last forever, multi balls are pretty simple to achieve, and balls hardly ever go down the drain. (of course that last part just might be me comparing it to the Ghostbusters machine i play every day with the wide open spot between the flippers).

I like the playfield, and while at first it seemed barren compared to the Wizard next to it, the pop ups are a lot of fun and create a challenge. I liked the animations and voices of the machine and call outs, but i was a little disappointed in the gimmicks and toys. Smaug is good looking but ultimately doesn't do much.

Summary: Great game, good play,
6 months ago
Just had the game for a few days and still can't get the grin off my face, even when I'm in bed. That being said so far It's very fun, the game play is great , the sound is awesome, and the backglass/lcd screen is cool too. I think this game should last for a good amount of time in my small collection because of how many different modes to play and try to complete. The game also plays pretty smooth and has a lot to shoot at, drop targets, ramps, orbits, a captive ball, and even holes that kick the balls out to the ramps! Yup It's a keeper!!
6 months ago
I had no idea what was going on but I was kicking this games butt and getting all sorts of rings and crap. I am sure this would all make sense to me if i watched the movies. Someone please buy me this game
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