Don't panic! HHGTTG text adventure lives again

Way back in the dark ages of man (also known as 1984) a genius called Douglas Adams unleashed a little radio play called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on an unsuspecting world.  Fast forward 30 years and that radio play has spawned a hugely successful series of books, a film, a television adaptation, stage shows, video games, comics, even towels!  It’s fair to say that it has engrained itself into the very fabric of modern society.

A towel, [The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

This is what computer games used to look like!

With the 30th anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide coming up the BBC are planning a raise a pan galactic gargle blaster in celebration of all things Arthur Dent, and that includes releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game playable online via the BBC Radio 4 Extra website when the celebrations kick off on March 8th.

The game was originally devised in 1984 by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky from Infocom and loosely follows the the early part of the series’ plot.  Notoriously difficult, full of oddities and the humor you would expect, it was one of the best-selling games of its eraFeaturing updated HD graphics and illustrations, the 30th Anniversary Edition will allow players to share their achievements with friends over social media via the official twitter feed @h2g2game.

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 Extra, had this to say on the game and The Hitchhiker’s Guide in general:

“Douglas was a true visionary and in his own glorious way foresaw all the technology we now take for granted.  Radio 4 Extra is delighted to host this game alongside the first two series.  Hitchhiker’s fans will be rewarded for their loyalty over the years and newer fans have a real, but fiendish, treat in store.  March 8th is a special day for the Galaxy so help us celebrate it in the unique way that only BBC Radio 4 Extra can.”

So practice your Vogon poetry, get ready to fire up your infinite improbability drive and of course, make sure you know where your towel is before you embark on this trip down memory lane.  Can I squeeze any more HHG references in here? 42.

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