Hold on to your towels, folks: BBC Radio 4 has put up a free, online version of the 1984 text-based Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game. You can tell your productivity “So long and thanks for all the fish,” because the game is delightfully snarky and fiendishly hard. I didn’t even make it to 42 moves before, after being hit in the head with a brick, I “expire[d] in silence.”
The original version, put together by Infocom’s Steve Meretzky and Douglas Adams himself, sold 350,000 copies when it first came out, according to BBC Radio 4. That’s 350,000 people (and all of their bratty younger siblings and mooching friends) who were willing to sit and stare at white text on black screen as they tried to navigate the labyrinthine network of commands it takes to get Arthur Dent out of his house and across the galaxy alive. Ten years ago, BBC Radio 4 put up a fancier flash version of the game on their site for the 20th anniversary. They left Adams’s writing largely alone, and the result was fantastic. As the site explains, “their efforts made a big impact, and not only raised the traffic to the Radio 4 website …read more

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