I own both games.
They are totally different from each other, there cant be any realistic comparison between the 2.
I can tell you this:
My wife loves the WOZ and plays it regularly. She has a pretty good high score on it of above 600k.
The WOZ is fun, fast and immersive. The new Code is outstanding. She says that playing the WOZ is not like any of my other games at all. She hates fast brutal pinball and loves the WOZ. There is so much variety in the WOZ, she just loves it and has played enough that she is now sorting out the rules and having a blast. (I am not allowed to save my scores on "Her" game as they average over a million now each game )
The Hobbit™ is a shooters/players game. Its an adventure, you very much have to build the environment through the modes.
If you dont learn and complete the modes, the game will not offer you anything at all. This is the attraction for most enthusiasts (very much like the Twilight Zone).
My wife is frustrated by the Hobbit™(she also said that the TZ was a stupid game, which I owned for many years). She is a novice player and has difficulty making the shots on demand. She is stunned/awed by the music and artwork on both of the JJP games, but she will have to upgrade her skills to appreciate The Hobbit™ more.
However, she will play a game or two on the Hobbit™ become frustrated, and then put 10 games on her WOZ. She does play it a little, only I think to increase her shooting skills.
I have noticed that as she plays the Hobbit™ more, her scores on her WOZ are increasing. So, I think playing the Hobbit™ can make you a better player if you persist.
The game looks simple on the outside but can be incredibly complex, as you learn what to do.
You have to accurately make the shots on this game or you get nothing. But if you learn them and can make them, it's incredibly rewarding.
The Hobbit™ is a journey that has incredible battles to be won. The more I Master the modes, the more I become immersed in the journey and the adventure as it unfolds.
As an experienced player I find myself playing the Hobbit™ almost exclusively, other than a warm-up game or 2 on my ToM, to get me in the "zone".
As a novice player you will find there are tons of games out there that are fun and challenging for all skill levels.
For similar money, see if you can find a Medieval Madness in good shape (not MMr version) its another of my wifes favorites as well as the Bally/Williams Indiana Jones™. These games offer a lot of fun for any level of experience.
Just find the room for maybe 2 games in your home as 1 is never enough.