The hobbit downloads
A bug in the game allowed the player to climb into a chest, close the lid, and continue to walk around.
Entering "DO" into the parser caused it to generate odd (nonsense) messages. Trying to open unopenable objects or characters, followed repeatedly by the command "BREAK DO" allowed you to kill or break them.
At one point in the game, it was possible to drink wine, getting the player (temporarily) drunk. The game would then substitute "sh" for "s" in its responses (e.g. "You drink shome wine"). This caused extra amusement if the player entered the command "sit".
To conserve memory, in the tape-based versions scene graphics were not stored as bitmaps, but redrawn every time using a stored series of commands. The slow CPU speed and lack of a graphics chip meant that it would take up to several seconds for each scene to draw. The disk-based versions used prerendered and higher-quality images.
players: single player
distribution: 5,25 floppy disk
graphics: 80 columns text, CGA, Hercules
Abandonware DOS popularity: low
- #1 - 26.12.2014 20:02 BOBno way to mount game - if, you are probably using DOS BOX & have mounted the HOBBIT folder - there is NO .exe to start game - the files within folder are both titled HOBBIT but, when you enter HOBBIT, it says illegal command -- no way to start game as the .exe is missing
- #2 - 27.12.2014 10:29 AbandonwareDOSHi Bob, the screenshots you see on this page were taken using the game in the zip you downloaded. You should see two files, one named hobbit.com, the other hobbit.dat. There is NO exe, and that's normal for a game so old: the .com is the executable. I played The Hobbit using D-Fend, it saves a lot of DOSBOX tweaking. Try it, you should be able to run it without problems.
- #3 - 11.07.2016 18:57 AndyDunnIf I type SAVE, I get the prompt ENTER DISK POSITION [ 1-20 ]: After entering a number in the suggested range, nothing happens (just a flashing cursor). The game freezes and I have to reboot the computer. Anyone know what's going on here? The game isn't really playable unless you can save.
- #4 - 11.07.2016 21:17 AndyDunnThe reason is that it doesn't work with FreeDOS. It's fine with MSDOS.