The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky

Don't Panic! Relax, because everything you need to know about playing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is contained in the pages of this manual. In this story, you will be Arthur Dent, a rather ordinary earth creature who gets swept up in a whirlwind of interstellar adventures almost beyond comprehension.

As the story begins bulldozers are waiting to reduce your house to rubble to make way for a motorway bypass. While you attempt to deal with this problem, your rather strange friend Ford Prefect drops by to tell you that the Earth is about to be demolished to make way for an interstellar bypass! If you survive this double threat, you'll embark on a series of inter-galactic misadventures even funnier than your worst nightmares!

A special note for people who have read the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Although the opening of the game is fairly similar to the book, the story quickly diverges, with lots of new material and different twists. Although familiarity with the story may make a few of the early puzzles easier, if you rely too heavily on this previous knowledge you will certainly end up getting misled.
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Review by Stella S.
23 Feb 2017
I've yet to read the actual book, so perhaps that's why I'm so perplexed. I'm rating it 5 stars despite my puzzlement because it's my own fault I don't understand anything, and because it is very, very well written, and the grammar pleases me, as does the vocabulary. It was very well done.

Review by jtown951
12 Feb 2017
A true classic. I myself have ever read the book but if it's as good as the game it's got to be great.

Review by Regisblackgaard
14 Dec 2016
good! i FINALLY got out of my house and died in 5 minutes.

Review by Trelach
12 Dec 2016
I played this when a student back in the early 90s (on my old Atari ST). It kept a house full of gamers puzzled, entertained and amused for many days. I can't recommend it highly enough :)

There is a strong Hitchhikers-type sense of humour throughout so whilst you may get frustrated you will always be laughing.

Play it and say goodbye to many hours you could overwise spend constructively but you will never regret it.

Review by Wizzylord2
19 Nov 2016
Had this game not been invented, the world would simply be too dull to endure.

Review by rolandjackson168
11 Aug 2016
I really love this game and the book, and I think they both go really well together. But if you hadn't read the book, this game would be impossible.

Review by Dwarfu
30 Jun 2016
Top notch storytelling, malicious plot twists, and an abundance of references to the wacky world of Douglas Adams. This game sets the bar high for interactive fiction. An excellent homage and a fantastic game overall.

Review by blockwizard
16 Jun 2016

Review by TalkComics
07 Jun 2016
Best text game I've ever played, and what all text games should aspire to be! A real classic, and probably one of the best ways to experience the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy story! Props to a truly MENDACIOUS-yet-appropriate game interface which really makes you feel like Arthur Dent vs this wacky universe. Definitely save often; the ways to die are plentiful and entertaining. The humour is utterly Douglas Adams spot on, and kept me chuckling the whole way. The puzzles are truly difficult and fun to work through, and it's definitely not a game that takes only one afternoon to beat! I love the parser on this game as well. It really anticipates all the possible actions a frustrated player may type in and makes this an entertainment goldmine. I wish I could give this more than five stars!

Review by RoboWolf2000
03 May 2016
Really great if you're a fan of the book, however unless you have read the book, I imagine the first part would be very hard.

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Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky
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Published 1984
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