The ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ game 30th anniversary

<You wake up. The room is spinning very gently round your head. Or at least it would be if you could see it which you can’t.

It is pitch black.>

Thus begins the opening description in INFOCOM’s “interactive fiction” version of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of text-based adventure gaming, graphics aren’t the main focus. As a matter of fact, in early adventure games there weren’t any graphics to be focused on. Instead, you rely on text descriptions of the world around you, interacting with that world by typing in commands like “Get Lamp”*.

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For the game’s 30th anniversary, the BBC has released an updated version playable HERE. Fans of Adams’ work may find the world of the game easier to navigate, but rest assured, everyone who plays it will perish many times over regardless. This new updated version does have some added visual and audio flourishes that the first iteration didn’t have. However, the witty writing and ridiculous puzzles of the original remain intact.

This game is a lot of fun to play solo, but even more fun to go old school and play with a group of friends around a single computer, crowdsharing answers.  And if you get stuck…Don’t Panic.

 

*If these games ever refused to understand your requests, sometimes typing in a string of expletives would help…okay maybe not, but it was briefly cathartic.

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Rob Walker is a writer and filmmaker in Colorado, and is creator of the comedy web series Victorian Cut-out Theatre. He loves horror films and comic books (American Vampire, Jonah Hex, The Flash, Planetary). Rob has been a Sherlockian since the age of ten, is a Dark Tower junky and believes that Indiana Jones is the greatest cinematic hero ever created. You can follow him on twitter at: @timidwerewolf and see his other writings and videos at robwalkerfilms.com