There are two kinds of people in this world: those who understood the mention of “42” and those who didn’t. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans will find this text-based game (albeit updated with illustrations for its 20th anniversary) one more lovely dosage of H2G2 goodness. Those of you have never read the books (watching the movie shouldn’t even count as experiencing Hitchhiker’s Guide) will find this amusing, interesting, and it may even motivate you to read the books.
Now on to the actual gameplay. Many commands are recognized by the game system, so keyboard inputting is quite intuitive. The game itself is a challenge. If you fail to pick up some important object (even something that seems as inconsequential as junk mail) near the beginning of the game, you won’t be able to proceed. Period.
That problem can be avoided if you make an account on the BBC site. Then you can save and restore games at your leisure. If not, you’re going to have to replay the game from the beginning each time.
Of course, gameplay is not going to be winning any accolades in this age of Halo and the Nintendo DS. What makes the game enjoyable for anyone with a sense of humor is how well-written it is. The storyline itself may not wow anyone: it’s convoluted and weird. The writing style, yes, style, will make Hitchhiker’s fans melt with nostalgia and make anyone else laugh.
This game is wonderfully written and will effectively whittle away at a good portion of a few of your days. It is quite difficult, though, which may make some people swear at their computers.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is absolutely free to play. I referred to the BBC 20th Anniversary edition in my review, but there is also a version that has no illustrations whatsoever, but it does not allow you to save.