Play the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure online

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the brilliant (and incredibly frustrating) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game, BBC Radio 4 Extra have recreated the game in an online edition. I remember playing this for endless hours, with my Peril Sensitive Sunglasses perched on my forehead, repeatedly typing "look." The R4 version allows for saved games, so you can come back to it. You can also play the 20th anniversary edition.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

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  1. What I really want is the stand-alone edition I had for ages but then lost. I hate this ubiquitous assumption that we are always online, always connected; I sometimes still find myself in places where I don't have an Internet connection. Shocking, I know.

  2. Anything I could say would be a spoiler for the game.

  3. Text-only games were still chugging along in the late 1990s/early 2000s, at least among a certain cadre of middle-school-aged nerds. I haven't seen any recently, but I suspect they're still out there.

  4. Yeah they are, and with tools like Twine gaining popularity there seems to be yet another resurgence going on right now. Twine lends itself more to a Choose Your Own Adventure interactive storytelling structure than the “gamier” experience engendered by Infocom-type natural language parsers, but they’re kissing cousins. Emily Short’s blog is a good window to that scene.

    For IF with parsers, the Interactive Fiction Competition still happens each autumn. People have been doing interesting experimental stuff with the medium for years now.

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