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The chapters
01. An Unexpected Party 02. Roast Mutton 03. A Short Rest 04. Over Hill and Under Hill 05. Riddles in the Dark 06. Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire 07. Queer Lodgings 08. Flies and Spiders 09. Barrels Out of Bond 10. A Warm Welcome 11. On the Doorstep 12. Inside Information 13. Not at Home 14. Fire and Water 15. The Gathering of the Clouds 16. A Thief in the Night 17. The Clouds Burst 18. The Return Journey 19. The Last Stage 20. There and Back Again

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  • By: Andrew Broad (Broadsoft)
  • Year: 2000
  • Format: TAP
  • Zip-file includes: 4 TAP-files (MM: Hard version and Easy version + JSW: Hard version and Easy version) - 5 text files
  • Size: 93Kb
  • Download the game


    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
    Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole,
    filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell,
    nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it
    to site down on or to eat:
    it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

    Jupp, another piece by the master of intricate and extremely difficult Manic Miner-games. "Manic Miner: The Hobbit" was released together with "Jet Set Willy: The Lord of the Rings", to (in his own words) celebrate the first year of the third millennium. As you may have guessed by now, the game is based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel with the same name, and there's one screen for each chapter (+one bonus level.) It comes in two versions; one hard and an easy one. The easy version would be less frustrating for beginners, but if you're looking for the full Broadsoft-experience, you'll have to have a go at the hard one. It's without a doubt the best Manic Miner home-brew I've ever played, with splendid graphics, awesome game play and awful music (as usual…) Each level (in the hard version) is a little brain teaser forcing you to push your manic mining-skills to the limit (Well, except from "A Short Rest" which can to be compared to the pre-school edition of Manic Miner…).My absolute favourite stage (or chapter) would have to be "Riddles in the dark", the best version of the "Eugene"-stage ever seen! (My God, I'm a geek!) Oh, and following the Manic Miner-tradition, the two versions have one Norwegian folk-song each. The one in the hard version is called "Den bakvedte visa" and the other one well who knows… Being Norwegian and all, I probably should be able to recognise the tune, but fact of the matter is I can't stand Norwegian folk music, and that combined with the bleepish Spectrum sound, tends to make me press the "Enter"-button each time I play the game. (That's not your fault Andrew… the Spectrum just wasn't designed for in-game music!) Verdict: Highly downloadandplayable! W O W !

    Other reviews:
    Manic Miner: The Hobbit at Tolkien Computer Games (Fredrik Ekman)

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