Buddy-Up for a LEGO The Hobbit PC Demo Adventure

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LEGO The Hobbit goes all Ocean’s 11 in its latest trailer highlighting the game’s “buddy-up” mechanics as Gandalf and Thorin put together a crew and plan an elaborate heist to reclaim the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor. Think of it as Thorin’s 13.

If you’re too eager to wait until later this spring to play the full game, pop over to LEGO.com and download the LEGO The Hobbit playable demo for Windows XP/Vista/7/8. It’s only half a gigabyte, and it features around 15 minutes of gameplay from the Goblin-town level.

I played around with it earlier this morning and had a blast, despite the less than ideal keyboard controls. (Having an Xbox 360 controller plugged in only seemed to work for co-op and for a demo I wasn’t going to bother digging through the menus to configure settings.) The buddy-up mechanic cleverly recreates the teamwork action from the movie. You can have multiple dwarves pick up a log to use as a battering ram through a group of goblins or stack on top of each other to create a ladder for another dwarf to climb to a higher ledge. These moments are scripted, but still a lot of fun.

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