Quoted from Good-Times:
Hi Hobbit owners! I'm contemplating adding a Hobbit to my lineup but am not able to play one in advance unfortunately. And from speaking with friends who've played it and reading reviews/ratings, it's SO mixed! Seems to be either love, or people getting bored fast. I enjoy a challenge, but have a limit to my patience lol. My other consideration is - there are a lot of mechs that could potentially break down. Are either of these really a concern? Should I stop worrying and just send it?
I've only had the Hobbit for a few weeks now so I can't speak to long term maintenance issues - though if you read through the posts on this thread its pretty telling that the pop-up beasts tend to have some issues. As does Smaug - My hobbit delivered with the Goblin's hit switch wires severed, so I needed to repair that day one. (I'm the third owner)
Game play-wise - Long ball times, lots and lots of beast pop-ups - lots of modes running simultaneously with balls flying all over the place so it makes it difficult to try to complete book modes while that is going on.. you need to be very strategic when starting modes to do them efficiently. Once you understand how the modes start it does become a lot easier to plot out a successful course towards wizard modes.
I enjoy the game for what it is - if it wasn't the Hobbit - would I still enjoy it? probably not as the beasts pop-ups are constantly popping up and are the primary interactive feature on the table. Though, it is fun to blast them right in the face.. you can get them to disable during Smaug multiball by hitting the ring button after a beast super jackpot - that helps alot
I only have 2 games - Star Wars and Hobbit - ones really fast and typically shorter ball times and the other long with slower game play so it works for me... for now...
My suggestion is just buy one.. play it for a while and move on if need be... don't think you'll be able to appreciate it as much outside of a home setting