“The game will kill you frequently.
It’s a bit mean like that.”
Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy was first published in October 1979 and was an instant success, selling over a quarter of a million copies in the first few months of release. Adapted from the radio play of the same name, its success has continued over the decades, and had various versions created to cater to all tastes. The television series, an audio book, a film adaptation, and an online game, have all proved to be popular, and continued the championing of Adams’ wonderful piece of science-fiction comedy.
The BBC is currently hosting the online game of Hitchhiker’s Guide, with the player as Arthur Dent, attempting to escape Earth before it is demolished. The game uses the format of a text adventure much like Zork, Oregon Trail, and The Guild of Thieves, a type of game most popular in the 1970s and 80s due to the simplistic format and ease of use. The Hitchhiker’s game was first released in the 1980s and has been updated for both the 20th and 30th anniversaries.
If you haven’t had a go yet, I thoroughly recommend it- you can play it HERE.
Just remember: don’t panic. And don’t forget your towel!