The Hobbit

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This game received 552 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.373 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #42 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.76

Artwork: 8.989

Sounds/Music: 8.712

Other Aspects: 8.165

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84 days ago
A gorgeous game to look at, like most JJPs. I’ve played the Ring and Smaug versions; found Smaug more fun to play. Can’t really speak to theme because I never saw the movies. (I lost interest when I heard it was being turned into a trilogy; felt like three movies would ruin the pace.) Frustrating when you can’t get the ball under control, but a blast when you get into a groove.
85 days ago
out of the frying pan AND INTO THE FIRE!!!
3 months ago
Played twice at The Pinball Office in the UK in a line up including other JJPs, Spooky and American Pinball pins.

It was obvious there’s a lot of rules depth here, and the presentation of the pin (i.e. film clips, playfield, lighting and Smaug toy) are gorgeous.

However, I also found it desperately confusing and not especially accessible on a walk-up-and-play basis. There were lots of instructions in tiny lettering at the edges of the huge LCD screen, which were hard to read while playing, most of the insert lights were lit, and the game I played didn’t have an apron rules card either. I didn’t score particularly high because I was mostly reacting to stuff popping up on the playfield, and trying to lock balls in Smaug.

It was probably my second favourite out of the JJPs I played (Dialed In, G n’ R, WOZ and The Hobbit), and I’d be happy to explore it in more depth, but I wasn’t totally wowed by it.

UPDATE: Played again at The Pinball Office. I got some stuff going, e.g. monsters, modes and multiball. It seemed pretty fun with a lot of depth, although I still didn’t understand the rules.
3 months ago
Pin with the most modes in pinball?
5 months ago
Not a fan of the wide-open playfield. Gorgeous looking machine....wish I could get into it.
7 months ago
I've had The Hobbit for a while now and played enough games to have a relatively informed opinion on it - let me start by stating that I'm not a huge LotR fan. I read the books back in high school, watched the movies (LotR and The Hobbit) and enjoyed them, but I didn't get this game because of the theme - I got it because I heard it was a great game - and that is the truth. Stern's Lord of the Rings is another amazing game, one of my all-time favorites, and The Hobbit is at least as good as that one.

Looking at the playfield initially, it looks pretty simplistic, but there's actually a whole lot going on - the dynamic drop target banks, subway, pop-up mechs, and outlane kick-out to the upper right flipper add a lot of variety to every game and mode. The artwork on the playfield is fantastic, the cabinet is really impressive too (Smaug edition here). The music, speech/call-outs, and video clips are all very well integrated with the overall game and each individual mode.

The rules seem crazy at first, but it's actually pretty simple. Each mode has some specific requirements that are spelled out on the mini-display, and the overall progression is to collect a few 'jewels' and start a mini-wizard mode, rinse and repeat. There are ways to stack modes and multi-balls and super features to get a high score - but the game is really about progression. The ball times can be long, games can be on the longer side - it's been said before, but this game is really about the 'journey' more than the destination (killer scores).

So, never having played this before acquiring it, I am very happy it's in my collection. I recommend the game to anyone that wants an impressive, high quality, fun game - outside of the fact that it weighs a ton and is a huge pain to move.
7 months ago
I was not a huge fan of this theme, but the pin actually drew me in and I actually watched the trilogy because if the pin. Game features of the talking dragon and beast pop ups are awesome. The music and sound quality is top notch in my opinion. The call outs are good and varied. Lighting is great and they simulate fire burning with the LED lighting that works well. The game play combined with the music makes this one of the most relaxing yet exciting pins out there. It is one of the least frustrating pins in terms of drainers. You can keep a round going for 30-40 minutes with it still keeping your interest with so many modes and multiballs…really awesome design overall!
7 months ago
My goodness! The sound and theme integration on this game is like being in a fancy movie theater! I happen to enjoy the hobbit movies which add to the enjoyment of the game. The wide body really fits with the theme. Love the pop up heads which adds to the playfield and makes shots a good bit harder. Only had the game for a week but I'm loving so far as are my kids and wife. Still don't get the top 3rd flipper as it doesn't seem to have "a special shot" from it but it comes in handy. I have the regular LE and like the side art the best on this one (different on every side). The call outs are great. The addition of scorbit is great. I only have 2 games (wonka SE) and is great in a small collection as there is so much to do (30+ modes). It's definitely not a tournament game which is why I think I love it so much.
Finally figuring out the ring button and all the ways it is used!
7 months ago
This is a masterpiece. A lot of people do not like aspects of this game and I feel that is because it is so wide open and different than a connvetional pinball. Great theming and the best sound in Pinball history. This rotates as my favorite Pin of all-time with Godzilla and Medieval Madness! Hard rule set should not shy you away from enjoying this great title.
8 months ago
Amazing art cgi Fx and cool toys. The playfield layout could be better but one of the best collector games
10 months ago
Hugely underrated game. Never seen such incredible theme integration outside of The Big Lebowski. I also don’t think you can find a license with such deep assets. I find it to be a much more approachable WOZ for the casual player. My kids love it!
10 months ago
What else can be said
This is great game and beautiful piece of art

The mechanics involved are crazy,the sound and movie clips used are amazing

So many 10s when you rate this beast

Edit- after owning for awhile I’ve realized if you actually learn to complete the modes the game really opens up for you

I don’t know if you would ever not find things to try a do on it

It’s a trippy game for sure takes time to really appreciate it

Not perfect and I took away on gameplay for having to adjust one of the pop up bash toys

This is a great game
1 year ago
I just bought the gold edition after assessing it against a LOTR and a couple others that I had researched and were for sale. What an incredible game. I had spent much time on a WOZ and really liked it. However the Hobbit won out on game play. I need to be clear that I'm not a big fan of the theme/movie, so my ratings put that aside as I focus on the play. It's my only wide body in my collection and I'm glad I was able to find this game. The rules are deep and play is fun. I would recommend trying this one out and WOZ to have a fairer comparison for this style and type of machine. You can't go wrong with WOZ, but for my personal likes, the Hobbit won out.
1 year ago
For me, th Best pinball ever made.
1 year ago
Fun game, Definitely recommend, Great journey game will keep you entertained for hours. Great mechs altos to do, the thumbs up...
1 year ago
You will never see another pin with better integrated theme and animations. Also one of the best speech call outs of any pinball.
1 year ago
I found this machine at a relatively new arcade that I was visiting and I was blown away! I found the "Multi-Ball" function relatively easy to get and then it really got going! Those pop ups are pure genius! This machine would easily be a keeper if I had the money! On the last day of my vacation, I was able to play the game without the distraction of all of the other sounds of the arcade and I had a chance to REALLY hear the sounds from this game! Exquisite!! If this is an example of JJP's offerings, I have GOT to try some others!!
1 year ago
Played it at a friend's place fun game but still think Lotr is bit better not by much tho
1 year 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.
1 year ago
First JJP, the Hobbit is so immersive and fun. The music and artwork is really amazing. Just adds to the overall experience. I am a fan of the Hobbit so i knew i would like it, but the rules are deep, so many things going on to shoot at, the multiballs are crazy when you stack them (which I like). Games can be long, but thats the enjoyment of this pin. So much fun.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
Amazing game. Best JJP game I've played so far.
Its a keeper.
1 year ago
This is on my "Want to Own" list!
1 year 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.
1 year 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.
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