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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is an old DOS science fiction interactive fiction, text only adventure game developed by Infocom in 1984 from an original idea by Douglas Adams, Steve Eric Meretzky. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy can be enjoyed by up to 1 player from a text only perspective. It's available for download.
"The success of this game is seen in the fact that over 350,000 copies of this game has been sold over its 4-year release. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a surprisingly faithful rendition of the Adams' written work, with richly detailed descriptions and more fun gizmos than a Sirrus Cybernetics warehouse. This is not an ideal game for novice adventure gamers. While the ending is somewhat disappointing, I feel this is a game where the journey is more important (and enjoyable) than the end." - Adventure Classic Gaming

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HHGTTG gained a reputation for deviousness. "The Babel Fish Dispenser" was a particularly tricky 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. That particular puzzle became so notoriously difficult that Infocom wound up selling T-shirts bearing the legend, "I got the Babel Fish!"

The Infocom version of Hitchhiker's Guide quickly became a fan classic; it was one of five top-selling Infocom games to be produced in Solid Gold versions, with a built-in hint system not included in the originals. The game was re-released by Activision in several collection packages before rights reverted to Adams, enabling The Digital Village to re-release it as a web-based Java applet. Originally published as a fund-raising tool on the 1997 Comic Relief website, it took up permanent residence on Adams' own website the following year.

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