The Hobbit

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This game received 536 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.391 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #38 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 7.761

Artwork: 9.031

Sounds/Music: 8.744

Other Aspects: 8.172

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15 days ago
The game speed is fantastic in this. For a wide body the ball has time to move around but feels the right amount of time to hit shots, rather than feeling slow.

Light show for Smaug is fantastic and the 4 hidden playfield pop up toys to hit are brilliant and give you the original variety needed in pinball.
42 days ago
I bought my Hobbit Smaug Edition without ever seeing or playing one. I had all the JJP’s except for Hobbit and WOZ and my close friend has WOZ. Love the Hobbit IP and so figured if I didn’t like it I’d just sell it. I got it a few days ago and have been waiting to get some games in to review, which I have. My first impressions (which I knew from pictures), the artwork on this game is ridiculously impressive, I love the Dragon. The LEDs and lighting are so tremendous too. I knew going in that I’m not a fan of the flipper post or roll-overs and I’ve played a bunch of WOZ which is great but not my favorite shooter (a lot of uncontrollable shots and inconsistent rolling with the roll-overs). I also had read less than great reviews (beautiful game but not enough shots, too floaty, etc), but people who own it seem to love it.

Color me surprised. This game is sweet. The theme integration is better than I’ve ever seen. And the multiball play is amazing. No idea how this is not rated better. Maybe the only downside is long ball play but it sort of reminds me of POTC in terms of ball speed, and feel. Good flow (better than WOZ imho), and fun.
61 days ago
This is on my "Want to Own" list!
62 days ago
Great game. Highly underrated IMO. I think it’s due to people playing early software or on location and not seeing the full extent of the theme, code, visuals, sounds and layout. It’s very much like lotr in that it’s a journey kind of pin. Not a “score-type” game. Smaug still kicks my butt.
81 days ago
I own it, will probably keep until the kids get bored. The video integration and theme is awesome, the call outs do get tiring after you’ve played it a bunch. The battles are tough and the multi balls rowdy though, which I like.
81 days ago
I have been playing this game for over a month at home now before rating this. This game is deeeeep, I still have a ways to go to get to any of the wizard modes. The music and lighting are fantastic, as the play gets more intense as does the music and callouts along with the shaker. The playfield initially looks sparse but the 4 popups on the playfield are a great addition and add some fun and challenge. I do wish there was another toy on the game, but it's great nonetheless. It's a very smooth shooter like most JJP games. I think this game would be much better received in a home environment, where the players can really get in to the game vs on site at a bar. It took me a few minutes of youtube to get a good understanding of how to progress, but after that I'm sold. This game is awesome and the theme integration is top notch.
3 months ago
Joe Balcer and Ted Estes make a great team with designing this pin as with WOZ. Many of their designs are incorporated and becoming Jersey Jack superstars. It’s challenging and rewarding and really, really fun! JRR Tolkien themes will stand the test of time. The sound and music is fantastic, the callouts are amazing. Has a similarly MM feel to it in many ways. This one stands out like WOZ vs JJ pirates as movie scene cuts are generated throughout and must have. Radcals are awesome and must have.
4 months ago
I really wasn't sure about Hobbit.

I am not a fan of the theme at all, and I wasn't sure if the game would resonate. I happened on a pretty good deal though, and I have yet to be disappointed by a JJP so I went for it. I'm very glad I did.

People say Hobbit has long ball times and I agree, it does. This is ok with me; it's a nice contrast with the rest of my collection.

The rules are well structured and there are so many story modes (across varying levels of difficulty) that there is always a new challenge.

I'm really happy with the game and glad we bought it.

This is after a couple months ownership and a couple thousand plays.
4 months ago
not a pinball machine in the classic sense. shots are often not very smooth because of those many little obstacles on playfield.
but it's really an anventure. you must spend a little time with this game. with time it is getting better and better. don't be afraid of the bumpy shots; they are part of the game. not for tournament, for entertainment only. last code updates make the game much more clearer (not so many multiballs). sounds and music are great! all in all a good game!
4 months ago
Overall, it’s a beautiful game, and the gameplay is good, but not one I’m super excited about. I love the Smaug toy, and the lighting, and sound are fantastic. The cabinet art is fine, not anything super great, but it’s fine. I didn’t really care for the movie, so I have no attachment there. I do love the pop up bash targets—always fun to hit those, especially in the beast frenzy mode.

I don’t care for the in game progress main display thing. There’s way too much on that screen, and it’s very difficult to understand what information it’s trying to give me. I know it’s a deep game, and that’s really cool, but it’s very confusing to approach because of how the information is relayed.
4 months ago
Theme integration, great ruleset, and sustainable multiballs are what make this open-layout, wide-body so addictive. Fairly open, symmetrical layout is very approachable for beginners -- and the depth of the ruleset/modes help prevent this machine from feeling too repetitive.
4 months ago
I've owned 5 pins, including another JJP. Might be recentcy bias, but I enjoy Hobbit the most! Once the game gets going it is one of the most immersive pinball experiences you can find anywhere! Tons of modes and things to shoot for as well.
5 months ago
The Hobbit almost max out all the boxes in my review.
General presentation and sound really deserve to be played in a home environment.
Rules and features are outstanding. Theme is my personal favorite so far from JJP.
The weight of the machine alone shows how much bang you get for your buck.
5 months ago
This game is simply stunning. The most immersive game ever played. Intense, immersive this game makes you feel like you are in the movie, the quality is unbelievable, the screen and clips stunning, the call outs never ending. An absolute home run and in a class of its own, this is modern pinball.
6 months ago
I was skeptical as the layout isn't what I usually go for, and the upper flipper has no unique purpose. The theme integration and rules bring this one home. It's also neat to see a modern pin packed to the gills with coils and gadgets.
6 months ago
Another underrated game and my favourite in my collection. With 31 modes that are highly varied the game always seems to offer a new way to play. One downside for me is how the ball path can be affected on the playfield as it rolls over the switches and pop up targets. That can be annoying.
The most amazing themed game in existence, it took me a long time to find one for my collection.
7 months ago
Bargain of the century.
7 months ago
Wow. This is perfect

Theme integration is spot on

And IT looks amazing
8 months ago
Amazing game. Very immersive, excellent theme integration. When set up properly plays smooth as butter and tons of things to accomplish in a home environment. Nothing negative for me to say about this machine. Love it!
8 months ago
Like many others have said, this game has taken its time to grow on people but with the code updates this game is now one of the best pinball machines available today. It offers a visual and emotive immersive experience which in a class of its own, the theme and the way it's fused into the code and modes is nothing but a master class on how it should be done. This game leaves me feeling breathless and worn out from the epic modes and battles. So much fun and a huge family hit too!
9 months ago
Have owned a Hobbit for a year now. I'm still learning new things about it. Easy for casual players to get a multiball going, but very deep rules to keep more experienced players entertained. Plus the theme integration is second to none!
10 months ago
Amazing machine that really makes you feel like part of the adventure I’m glad i bought one the code is one of the best this is going to take a long time to complete & workout but that in itself adds to playability, run it at 7% incline the game does become quick. With other pins this goes well in home environment definitely recommend for newbie or experienced player especially if you are a hobbit fan.
10 months ago
One of the best pins in my home collection. Absolutely awesome. Everybody likes it. Just a great game
10 months ago
Deepest rule set game I’ve played. Common complaints of slower play and lots of MB’s, are true... set at 6.5 pitch, the game is not as fast as a Stern SW, and depending on how you play there are a lot of MB opportunities. However, with great music and sound and yelling ‘jackpot’ every few seconds the MB play is fun and enervating. But maybe it’s not for everyone. Also, the modes can be long, so game times can be long too, and probably not the easiest machine to pick up in a barcade. I do wonder if I would have ever given this enough time outside of my home.

I did just kill Smaug and the game experience is great, so thematics, sound, playfield and rules make this a fantastic game to learn and play. The complexity, speed, visual integration and depth make a very immersive pinball experience, while still being pinball.
11 months ago
Amazing machine that makes you feel part of the game, I don’t know why this machine cops some negative responses because of ball times it is totally amazing and it’s a shooters pinball not a bash em pin! It has to be one of the best movie pins ever released.

The code is next level!!!
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