It’s been 20 years since the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was released as an adventure game on 5¼” floppy disks.
20 years, and I’ve still not finished it.
This time, I’m going to crack it. The BBC have released two editions based on the results of a contest to supply graphics for the classic game. Edition One is with graphics by Nolan Worthington, who won the competition, while Edition Two is predominantly illustrated by runner-up Andrew Wyld but also includes favorite location images from other entrants. The saved games are not tied to the editions, so you can swap back and forth as often as you like.
The original hints are included as a link but if that’s not enough for you (and it certainly wasn’t enough for me when I bought the original version), the big difference between then and now is that it’s easy to look up a walk-through. I’ll be avoiding reading it to start but if I get stuck on the Heart of Gold again, you can bet I’ll take a quick peek. Wow, it’s been twenty years and I still know exactly where I threw in the towel.
I’ll be slogging along at this on the evenings when I’m not in the mood for multi-player. Let me know if you are playing too and we can share tips!