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Don't Panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a free HD remake

Jonathan Lester

Don't Panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a free HD remake

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is a legendary "trilogy in five parts" (and an even better radio show as far as I'm concerned) that should be read by literally everyone, but some of you may remember that it also spawned a hilarious text adventure back in the 1980s. As part of the franchise's 30th anniversary celebrations, the BBC has announced that this ancient videogame will be resurrected free of charge on the Radio 4 website, complete with revamped HD graphics and achievements to share on social networks.

Be sure to pack your towel in advance of March 8th. As far as we remember, playing the text adventure is a little like getting your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a gold brick.

In case you didn't know (which is absolutely fair enough, since it first released in 1984), the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy videogame was written by Douglas Adams in collaboration with Steve Meretzky, and is famous for its intense difficulty. Expect numerous imaginative and hilarious ways to die prematurely, not to mention a Babel Fish puzzle so tough that Infocom actually sold T-shirts boasting about it back in the day. If you've read the books or listened to the radio show, you'll know that it benefits from a surreal sense of humour that rewards lateral thinking.

If you haven't read the books or listened to the radio show, I'd suggest doing so at your earliest possible convenience. The 20th anniversary re-release is still available to play online, as wibbleboy and t4v remind us in the comments below!

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wibbleboy  Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:24

You can still play the 20th anniversary edition:

BBC Hitchhikers Game

t4v  Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:34

While you're waiting for the 30th An. Ed. you can still access the 20th An. Ed. here:


edit - sorry, I didn't refresh

Last edited by t4v, Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:41
JonLester  Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:44

@wibbleboy @ t4v: Indeed. I'll add the link, especially since that's where many of us actually played it.

Oh, and t4v, the previous comment was in our pending filter when you posted yours so it wouldn't have shown up. Don't worry!

Basileus  Feb. 25, 2014 at 12:09

The FIRST two radio shows were excellent, the subsequent ones mediocre, the follow ups done by the Irish bloke AWFUL watered down drivel and an insult to Adams work.
The books similar. Hit and miss. Some good some mediocre some ****-poor, some as bad (worse, even) than the Irish bloke
TV show decent, good actors - better than appalling movie, the black feller playing Ford just ludicrous, and stunk of Politically Correct actor placement. Felt sorry for the always excellent Martin Freeman, Alan Rickman dreadful as Marvin, as was the robot model used. They should have got the original people apart from the girl who played Trillian in movie. She was FAR better than Sandra Dickinson. But Stephen Moore is the ONLY one who should do Marvin.


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