Hobbit Redux, Director's Cut
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The Hobbit: The True Story

by Fredrik Ramsberg profile and Johan Berntsson


(based on 3 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

A short parody of Melbourne House's game "The Hobbit". Can be played from the DOS prompt. Can also be played online at

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: director's cut
License: Shareware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 104
IFID: GLULX-1-010911-27744865
TUID: pejw8j7qote04e6m

Spoof of The Hobbit, by Philip Mitchell and Veronika Megler

Ported to in Not Found, by Unknown

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

Play an adventure without leaving the DOS prompt! Like Mecha-Godzilla: The True Story, this game consists entirely of .bat files, one for each verb. Game state is stored in environment variables. As for the game itself, it's a parody of Tolkien's work. To say more would be to repeat most of the game's text - this is a tiny tiny game, and should take all of ten minutes to solve. Worthwhile for the novelty of the implementation.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

The games themselves are not very strong. I think they were probably written in one or two days each -- they're short and not very polished, but fun. Why are they fun? Because they use a somewhat offbeat sense of humor and because their scenery is very familiar.
-- Stas Starkov
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Short and not very sweet (in a good way), April 22, 2017

Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a short game, and sometimes I'm just in the mood for some Tolkien.

This game is both, and it is parody done correctly.

The original was for MS-DOS. Each command was a separate BAT file. It may sound strange nowadays, but, if it weren't for seeing the DOS prompt instead of the good, old ">", you'd barely even notice that you weren't running an interpreter.

The Glulx version available here doesn't play very well for me. Glulxe spits out a few memory errors after each command, and, worse than that, I can't progress beyond (Spoiler - click to show)Smaug's Den because the cigar is not in scope (I can enter TREE or Showobj cigar, and it says (in Smaug) -- which should mean Smaug is holding it, but the game insists that I 'CAN'T SEE ANY SUCH THING').

It's a good time, though. Especially if you're a sick, twisted Tolkien fan like myself.

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