LEGO The Hobbit is the latest licensed Lego game, as well as the second set in Tolkien's Middle Earth. The game follows the standard Lego gameplay that has been in place in the past few years, incorporating elements from the last game, LEGO The Lord of the Rings, as well as stuff from other Lego games.
As with all Lego games released thus far, Lego The Hobbit follows the usual formula of having the game split up in between stages, with open world exploration mixed in between each one. Players can destroy objects, which drop Lego Studs, which they can use to buy extra characters and even in-game cheats.
The stages fall under two main game modes, Story and Free. When you play Story Mode, you are restricted to using certain characters, but you have free access to all characters unlocked when using Free Mode. This makes it easier to unlock all of the collectibles within a stage.
One of the highlights of any Lego game is the myriad of characters that can be unlocked through the game. These characters can be unlocked by completing story mode, as well as bought with Lego Studs. Each character belongs to a specific group that can perform a certain ability, such as Thorin Oakenshield being able to destroy cracked Lego tiles.
Like with other Lego games, there will be a myriad of collectibles to be found within each level, as well as in the open world. This includes minikits, which each level will have ten of, with some obtainable in Story Mode and the rest in Free Mode. There are also other collectibles, such as Treasures, that can bestow special abilities onto characters.