Don’t Panic! The BBC have released for free, a web based version of the classic text adventure based on the classic Douglas Adams science fiction novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Thirty years ago computer gaming was a very different with the birth of the home computer. The ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro were all starting a new revolution in home entertainment. These computers only had a fraction of the power of your mobile phone but were still able to spark the imagination of children.
Computer graphics at that time were limited and some games forego graphics altogether, these were known as the text adventure. Much like reading book, all you had was a short paragraph describing your surroundings. You were given a basic set of commands to use such as “go north” or “pick up key”. With this, you set out on your adventure.
One of the most popular text adventures was based on the novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy which was released in 1984 on the Apple II by Infocom. It was well known for its fiendish puzzles and you could die in the game quite often.
The BBC has released the original game in a snazzy HTML5 interface all ready for you to play now. If you sign into the BBC website it will also tweet your progress through the game!