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    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    The other day reading io9 i discovered a text-based game about the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. It's really old but it's fun.
    PLAY IT.

    THere are two versions:
    This one that is the original version without illustrations but the save doesn't work.

    and then, you have this: that is the 20th Anniversary Edition and uses flash. You can save in this version.


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    That's the game that was actually written by Douglas Adams.

    !!!
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    He scripted another game as well called Bureaucracy.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    oh great, i didn't know about Bureaucracy. Thanks
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    He also wrote the story for Starship Titanic, for which Terry Jones did a novelization.

    I played the HHG2G text game about a decade or so ago, right after I first read the books. It was fun, though difficult.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    Difficult?! Fuckin' impossible more like! How the hell are you supposed to get that damn babelfish?
    • CommentAuthorJeff P.
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009 edited
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    Laz: HA HA! That Babelfish had me stumped for DAYS back in the 80s. Dare I rob you of the joy of figuring it out?
    I figured it out, (without warning) at 3AM after getting up from a sound sleep for a too-much-beer piss)
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      CommentAuthorAnnie
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
     (7083.8)
    Oh shit. My uncle sent me this game when I first discovered HHG2G in middle school. I don't think I've played it since then. Thanks for the link.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    I had the original text game for my old Atari computer. I did get the babel fish, but damned if I can remember now.
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2009
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    Oh man. My best friend and I played this on his Atari computer with a tape drive and some kind of special secret ink kinda manual.

    Oh sweet jebus ... am I really that old now?
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    Awesome. I played that as a kid. It really is an elaborate prank by Douglas Adams, and is unwinnable without a guidebook or a remarkably complicated and paranoid mind.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
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    @Jeff P.
    Since I'm probably never going to play it again, feel free...
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
     (7083.13)
    why not? You must play it again and GET THE DAMN BABELFISH. Where's your honor?
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    Ha! Awesome. I've read about this a bunch over the years but most likely couldn't read yet at the time of its release, so I'll give it a go! I don't know if I've ever actually played a text-based computer game...
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
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    i couldn't get him to talk to the guy driving the bulldozer....
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    Dear me, this brings back soooo many memories of growing up with a "Lost Treasures of Infocom" boxed set. I must have spent a week getting hit by a brick in the beginning before I got anywhere at all. Just wish we'd gotten it early on enough to get the peril sensitive sunglasses in the feelies set.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
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    @D-
    Tell me where to find it and suuure...

    @Alastair
    You don't talk to the driver, you talk to the foreman, Prosser...the solution right up until you get to the Vogon Constructor Ship is basically the text of chapter 1 of the book...
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
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    I found the game, IBM PC version, for a buck at a garage sale. It's got everything but the DON'T PANIC button.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2009
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    I used to have it on a Mac 512! The whole set - navel lint, microscopic battle fleet, Don't Panic button, even the Peril Sensitive Sunglasses...
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    Yes, it's quite jarring once you get past the opening and suddenly the plot diverges drastically (and you find out that a number of mundane items that were lying around during that opening are now absolutely vital to your progress).