Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Douglas Adams & Steve Meretzky / Infocom 1984

You are Arthur Dent, an Englishman with a bad hangover wearing a dressing gown containing a much needed buffered analgesic and some fluff. Your house has just been destroyed, followed shortly thereafter by your planet Earth (mostly harmless). You’ve been rescued by your friend Ford Prefect, who’s not actually an out-of-work actor. He has given you a book (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), a towel, and is now telling you to put a fish in your ear. It must be a Thursday; you’ve never quite gotten the hang of Thursdays. The game is based on Adams’ BBC radio series, television series, and the series of subsequent novelizations. It’s one of the classic Interactive Fiction games produced by Infocom and next to the Zork series, one of the bestselling. Though divergent from the source material, the main characters, locations, and concepts are here. Unlike the book, death can come quickly if Arthur fails to observe his surroundings, collect inventory, talk to people, and consult the Guide. DON’T PANIC! It's generally considered to be the first interactive fiction game to intentionally cheat players. Adding to its reputation for deviousness was "The Babel Fish Dispenser", a wickedly complicated puzzle appearing very early in the game. Failure to "solve" the Babel fish puzzle did not kill the player, but rendered the remainder of the game unwinnable. Another fiendish puzzle involved the ten tools scattered throughout the game's locations. It was later rereleased in a Solid Gold edition which include Infocom’s “InvisiClues” hints as an in-game feature, the game engine (“Z machine”) was updated to version 5 (which features a more versatile parser), and most bugs squashed.

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Extra "Feelies"
Full Demo with DOSBox included in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Collection 59MB (uploaded by The Collection Chamber)
Floppy Image ISO Demo 130kb (uploaded by scaryfun)
Browser-Playable Zplet Version ( @ Martin Pot's Page)
Browser-Playable Version ( @ Douglas Adams site)
Browser-Playable Enhanced Graphics Versions ( @ BBC)
Full Demo ( @ XTC Abandonware)
Full Demo ( @ Abandonia)
Included in: Infocom Universe Bootleg Full Demo (provided by Gr.Viper & uploaded by Molitor) 389MB

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