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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (DOS)

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Description

You are Arthur Dent, an Englishman with a bad hangover wearing a dressing gown containing a much needed buffered analgesic and some fluff. Your house has just been destroyed, followed shortly thereafter by your planet Earth (mostly harmless). You’ve been rescued by your friend Ford Prefect, who’s not actually an out-of-work actor. He has given you a book (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), a towel, and is now telling you to put a fish in your ear. It must be a Thursday; you’ve never quite gotten the hang of Thursdays.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams and Steven Meretzky and based on Adams’ BBC radio series, television series, and the series of subsequent novelizations. It’s one of the classic Interactive Fiction games produced by Infocom, labeled as Science Fiction and has a Standard Level of Difficulty. Though divergent from the source material, the main characters, locations, and concepts are here. Unlike the book, death can come quickly if Arthur fails to observe his surroundings, collect inventory, talk to people, and consult the Guide. DON’T PANIC!

Original C=64 Grey Box Contents: Megadodo Publications Advertising Booklet for your very own Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy complete with Fluff, Destruct orders for your home and planet, a nice red button with the words DON'T PANIC printed in large yellow letters, a pair of Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril-Sensitive Sunglasses, No Tea, and your very own Microscopic Space Fleet. All this can be yours, for the low, low price of only 59.99 Altairian Dollars.

Screenshots

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS It's a Douglas Adams-game, which explains why you can't even die in an ordinary way.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS opening screen
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS The solid gold re-release
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS Brushing teeth and inventory

Alternate Titles

  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Don't Panic!" -- Tag-lined title
  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - a science fiction story" -- Tag-lined title
  • "HHGTTG" -- Acronym
  • "H2G2" -- Alternate acronym

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User Reviews

One of the funniest games ever made. saladpuncher (21) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Two words: BABEL FISH mclazyj (28) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Another Infocom Milestone Tony Van (2691) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Top Secret Mar, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Jul 10, 1998 4 out of 5 80
SPAG Apr 19, 1995 7.3 out of 10 73
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
graphical remake? 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (44474)
Oct 23, 2008
Waxy makes an interesting score 8 micnictic (385)
Apr 19, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled sequel

A sequel, The Restraunt at the End of the Universe, was planned but never was finished due to a bad consultant.

Extras

This game came with some of the most humorous software trinkets (Infocom called them "feelies") found in a game box. For example, you get a "Microscopic Space Fleet" (a closed ziplock bag with -- apparently -- nothing in it), Peril-sensitive Sunglasses (the lenses are solid black), etc.

Graphics

A version of the game with graphics added can be played at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml. Unlike the version found at Douglas Adams' website, you can save and load in this one.

Sales

According to DouglasAdams.com, the game sold around 350,000 copies. The site goes on to note that, with the development of graphics games, the human race rapidly abandoned all that it had learned about language resulting in Infocom's closing.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#42 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#4 Funniest Computer Game
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #8 Hardest Computer Game


Information also contributed by emerging lurker, LeChimp, PCGamer77, Terrence Bosky and FatherJack

Related Web Sites

  • Infocom homepage (At this site you can find information on ALL of Infocom's interactive games, Infocom related articles, sample transcripts, InvisiClue hints, walkthroughs, maps and information on buying Infocom games today.)
  • Play The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (A Java applet that allows you to play the game within your web browser.)
  • The Commodore Zone (All about Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
  • THE HITCHHIKER ADVENTURE GAME by Douglas Adams - 20th Anniversary Edition (Hosted by the BBC, this version of Hitchhiker's also has a graphical interface. Sean Sollé, who worked with Adams on Starship Titanic, and Rod Lord, who did the graphics on the BBC's television version of Hitchhiker's, provided the coding and the artwork. Shimon Young tied it all together using Flash.)
  • The Infocom Gallery (High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
Brian Hirt (10014) added The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (DOS) on Mar 08, 1999
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