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!
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- "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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A sequel, The Restraunt at the End of the Universe
, was planned but never was finished due to a bad consultant.
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.
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.
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.
Information also contributed by
- 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