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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.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Commodore 16, Plus/4 Title screen and introduction
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Amstrad PCW First puzzle solved...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy DOS The solid gold re-release
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Apple II The beginning of the game (80 column mode)

Promo Images

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Magazine Advertisement

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

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

Read the book. If you like it, then (and only then) will you be prepared to like the game. Commodore 64 Jacqke (1007)
One of the funniest games ever made. DOS saladpuncher (24)
Two words: BABEL FISH DOS mclazyj (31)
Another Infocom Milestone DOS Tony Van (2855)

Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly Amstrad PCW Feb 27, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Techtite DOS 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 93 out of 100 93
CU Amiga Amiga Feb, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Zero Amiga Feb, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Top Secret Amstrad CPC May, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1985 74 out of 100 74
Happy Computer Apple II Mar, 1985 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Atari 8-bit Mar, 1985 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer DOS Mar, 1985 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
graphical remake? 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (64072)
Oct 23, 2008
Waxy makes an interesting score 8 micnictic (391)
Apr 19, 2008


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.


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 Unlike the version found at Douglas Adams' website, you can save and load in this one.


According to, 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.


  • 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.)
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