Arthur C. Clarke once said Douglas Adams’ use of the words “don’t panic” was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity. Personally I couldn’t agree more. These are two words I always try to live by. Recalling these two words in a moment of crisis is probably the only reason I’m still alive today, so thank you Doug, I probably owe you my life.
Back in 1984, about the time I found the original BBC show recordings in my mum’s cassette tape collection, Douglas Adams and Infocom’s Steve Meretzky combined forces to make one of the most infamously difficult adventure games of all time, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ video game.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the game’s release, the BBC will be re-releasing an online version of the game on March 8 that will feature updated graphics, tablet support and, naturally, a means to share your game play on all of the many social media services the kids are using these days. The original release was published for the Commodore 64 and Amiga, Atari 8-bit and ST computers, DOS and Apple Macintosh.
This isn’t the first time ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ game has gotten an updated release. Ten years ago, the game was rediscovered by millions of gamers around the world and even won a BAFTA for Best Online Entertainment.
Screenshot of the 20th anniversary online edition.
Along with the re-release of the game on Saturday, BBC Radio 4 Extra will also repeat the first two series of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ radio show which had aired on this date. According to the BBC:
“It has been over 10 years since these programmes were last heard on BBC Radio and they perfectly accompany the game. Actions within the game follow the plot of the radio series and some puzzles are only solvable by players with knowledge of the programmes and story.”
So let us know, will you be playing on Saturday?