Despite having no graphics and no sound, 1984’s computer game Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy Game was one of the bestselling titles of its era. Thanks to the clever programming of Infocom’s Steve Meretzky and the even clever-er writing of Douglas Adams, the text-only adventure sold some 350,000 copies. So, there’s a whole generation of children on both sides of the pond who will be excited to learn that BBC is launching a new 30th anniversary edition, complete with high definition graphics, smartphone/tablet optimization and the ability to share scores on Twitter.
So now the whole world can know just how hard you find it to flip a light switch.
In 2004, a 20th anniversary edition of the game was launched, going on to win a BAFTA. It’s still available to play online. I for one will be grabbing my towel – the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have – and polishing my skills before the revamps’ release. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Game is the first computer game I remember ever playing, and as such holds a special place in my heart despite the furiously frustrating task of solving that damned Babel fish puzzle.
I’m looking forward to reliving the experience, in all its HD agony and elation, on March 8, 2014.