Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play through all of the games listed in the book - 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. If I played the game before, then I will share my memory of the experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online version or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a book every gamer should have in their library, and if you're interested in purchasing it, you can find it here.

Where does the time go? Is it already another Sunday - and another episode of this weekly feature? I suppose it is. Seems like I just finished the one from last week, which you may recall was Deus Ex Machina, a bizarre game from the 80s that I never truly understood but fiddled around with long enough to say I played  it so I could mark it off my list. It certainly wasn't anything spectacular. After a couple of bad weeks I was eager to see if that trend would continue or if I'd finally get something worthwhile. I'll let you be the judge of it.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (video game)

The Hitchhiker's Guide is a text adventure game, where the player, in the role of Arthur Dent, solves a number of puzzles to complete various objectives to win the game. This includes collecting and using a number of items within their inventory. The player has a limited variety of commands that they can enter to observe, move about, and interact with the game's world, such as "look", "inventory", "north" (to move north) "take screwdriver", or "put robe on hook". Most commands will advance the game's turn counter, and some puzzles require the player to complete the puzzle within a fixed number of turns or else may end the game and require the player to restart at the beginning or a saved state; passive commands like "look" and "inventory", and mistyped or non-comprehended commands do not count as turns. Once the player can acquire it, the player can use the eponymous Hitchhike's Guide to the Galaxy (the Guide) to ask about a wide variety of topics, some which may be helpful in solving the game's puzzles.

The game loosely mirrors a portion of the series' plot, representing most of the events in the first book. Arthur Dent wakes up one day to find his house about to be destroyed by a construction crew to make way for a new bypass. Ford Prefect, his friend and unknown to Arthur an extraterrestrial, helps to calm Arthur down and hitches them a ride on one of the ships in the approaching Vogon deconstructor fleet, moments before the fleet destroys the Earth to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. (Wikipedia)

I feel like I've played this before but I can't say for sure. I vaguely remember playing Carmen San Diego on the school's computers at lunchtime and something like this being available. But I can't say with 100% certainty. You know what that means, right? Time to find it and play it.

Since this game is a text-based adventure game, finding an online version is actually fairly easy. Just search on the subject and pick one. I just chose to go with this one over at the BBC. Text based games were somewhat popular in the 80s with Zork being one of the most popular...but given Hitchhikers iconic status in pop culture, it had a certain amount of followers based on that fact alone.

I played the game for a bit and it reminded me how I always loved text adventure games. They might not be that advanced, but I always enjoyed how many responses the game takes into consideration. I don't know how far I got (and I certainly didn't beat it) but these games are always a ton of fun.

When it comes to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy anything - book, film or video game - it really is one of those things you have to experience firsthand to form an opinion. Some people love the comedic science fiction found in the story while others do not. I think the video game is/was very similar. Some probably loved it and others did not. I enjoyed it (although it is unlikely I'll ever finish it. At least I can say I played it.

The titles seem kind of hit or miss lately - more miss than hit. Hopefully next week will be a good one. I'm ready for that. Don't get me wrong, I think this game is deserving to be in the book but its not one of my favorites. For sure.


Episode 65 (here)

Episode 66 (here)

Episode 67 (here)

Episode 68 (here)

Episode 69 (here)

Episode 70 (here)

Episode 71 (here)

Episode 72 (here)