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!