Abandonware DOS title

The hobbit

Addison - Wesley Publishing Company released The hobbit in the year 1983; it's an old fantasy adventure game, part of the Tolkien software adventures series. The hobbit is abandonware, runs on DOS and can be played in single player mode. It's available for download.
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Additional info

Facts, trivia and collector's notes are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. These texts use material from this Wikipedia article.

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

input: keyboard

distribution: 5,25 floppy disk

graphics: 80 columns text, CGA, Hercules

popularity: average

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