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The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth
Lord of the remakes
by Jon Mundy 22/11/2012
Product: The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
Publisher: Kabam
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Simulation
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Playing through The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, I was struck by a strong sense of familiarity.

Could I be recalling Tolkien's timeless tale of travel, bravery, and friendship, upon which this freemium city-builder is very loosely based? Could it be the past decade and a half of watching Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy?

No. It's got nothing to do with the source material. It's the fact that I've played this game before, not three months ago.

Ringing the changes

Take The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, strip it of its tenuous links to Tolkien's universe and slap on a King Arthur-type skin instead. You now have Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North almost in its entirety. ...
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Summary
A cynical reskin of Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth will be a disappointment to Tolkien fans and experienced freemium city-builders alike
RATINGS
Audio/visual: 5
Gameplay: 5
Value: 5
Innovation: 5
Overall: 5
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