Saturday, February 26, 2011

Let's Play - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Do you remember playing the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text-based game when it first came out in '84 for the Apple II, Macintosh, Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST and the IBM PC?  Did you miss it the first time around but really want to play it?  Fear not my friends for the BBC has got you covered.  Providing you with two different ways to play this classic, BBC Radio 4 has archived their web page containing the 20th Anniversary Edition of this cheeky game.  Both versions utilize the games' original text while providing the player with new contextual images that make it easier to visualize the story.  It's a very fun game that I have yet to beat.  Be prepared to die ... a lot. 
Your home collapses in a cloud of dust, and a stray flying brick hits you squarely on the back of the head. You try to think of some suitable last words, but what with the confusion of the moment and the spinning of your head, you are unable to compose anything pithy and expire in silence.
> go s
You keep out of this, you're dead. An ambulance arrives.
> go s
You keep out of this, you're dead and should be concentrating on developing a good firm rigor mortis. You are put in the ambulance, which drives away.
> stay
For a dead person you are talking too much. As the ambulance reaches the mortuary a fleet of Vogon Constructor ships unexpectedly arrives and demolishes the Earth to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.
We are about to give you your score. Put on your peril-sensitive sunglasses now. (Hit RETURN or ENTER when ready.) 

by Douglas Adams - 20th Anniversary Edition
Version One ~ Version Two


Update 12/4/2011 -  The BBC versions are once again working. Should you have any issues, however, I have provided and alternate link to a graphic free version of the game which is hosted elsewhere.

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