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Title: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on May 31, 2009, 10:40:30 PM
For those of you who never had the pleasure (or frustration, depending on your outlook) of playing the old Infocom Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy text game from the 1980s, it is now available online.  They've added a bit of graphics, but I don't think it changes the game play in anyway other than to add some illustration.  You still read the situation and type in your commands.  DNA worked on this, so it includes plenty of hilarity.  If you ask me, I think the old text games are more fun than the modern intense graphic games, but then I am partially fossilized.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game_nolan.shtml (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game_nolan.shtml)
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on August 24, 2009, 05:07:52 PM
Ooo, I'm salivating. Another thing to keep me from doing the things I'm supposed to be doing. I have the old Infocom version. I never got very far. I'm not sure I'm smart enough.  ???
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: VogonGirl on May 25, 2010, 04:38:13 PM
I'm always stuck in the same place.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on May 25, 2010, 05:05:51 PM
I have that trouble in real life too.  :P
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on May 26, 2010, 03:37:08 AM
I will get further into this game at some point, but I always have terrible trouble with what is referred to as the "puzzle" genre of video games, and so something like this is sure to be quite beyond my mental capabilities. But I will try. I just need a chunk of time. Anybody have a spare time machine?
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on May 27, 2010, 04:04:23 PM
If I build one, I'll send it to you for testing.  ;D
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on May 31, 2010, 12:49:34 AM
I was playing the game but, I lost.... :(
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 01, 2010, 02:12:23 PM
Everybody loses most of the time.

 :P Gee, that sounds so Marvin-like.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on June 01, 2010, 09:57:52 PM
My friend likes to call me Marvin for that reson. I always wonder why, course then I start to wonder about all things like whats the point of life. I always come to the same thing...just keep going and one day you'll fine love. And yet what sounds so easy, seems vary hard to do. oh well mabye one day I will see why my friends call me Marvin.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on June 03, 2010, 01:22:55 AM
well I made it further then before but....still lost. :(
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on June 06, 2010, 03:58:15 AM
Darn it I made it further then I have even seen on the show...but still died  :(
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 07, 2010, 12:29:41 AM
It's been a quite a while since I played. So, I just did. I died right in front of my house.  :P
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 07, 2010, 01:15:25 AM
Oh wow, I can't stop playing!
Have you tried typing "ask guide about Douglas Adams" ? Try it!
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on June 07, 2010, 07:29:39 AM
When I get around to playing, which is rare, I use the original version I got on 5.25 inch floppies long ago (transferred to my hard drive).  I wonder if the online version is unchanged?  The original does have an entry in the guide for Adams.  I won't say what it is since I don't want to spoil it and since some haven't reached a point in the game where they have access to the guide.   :P
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 07, 2010, 02:06:18 PM
Floppies. Wow, Mr. Kilman. You did get that a while ago. My kids found some floppies in a box in the garage and didn't know what they were.

Ugh, I keep wandering around the ship and can't do anything. This is so frustrating!  :o LOL
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on June 08, 2010, 01:15:20 AM
Which ship?

Floppies -  Ah, the good old days of glorious black and white monitors and text based games.

I still think my favorite computer games are the old text games like HHGTG & Zork, although, Starship Titanic gives them a run for the money.  But then Starship is DNA's attempt to insert the enjoyment of text into the era of graphics - very successfully if you ask me.  If you haven't played Starship Titanic, you are missing out.  Conversations with Marcinta Drubish (sp?) are always a hoot.

This just in... apparently someone has done a point and click remake version of the Hitchhiker's game and released it on Towel Day 2010:  http://h2g2remake.wordpress.com/
I am fairly sure Spanos, who did most of the work, was one of the old kjov site members.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 08, 2010, 06:33:27 PM
Heart of Gold

Oh neato! :)
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Dualnames on June 08, 2010, 10:39:06 PM
I just got this forum as a referrer, and I thought what the hell I never signed up for any DNA related site, let alone a Towel Day one. I don't know what kjov is, therefore we're not the same guy ;D
I haven't tried Starship Titanic, and I can't find it anywhere to download (not cracked!). If anyone knows something like Steam or anything that allows me to pay for it via Paypal, it'd be great.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on June 09, 2010, 03:59:06 PM
well I was playing the game again but I still lost.  :(
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 09, 2010, 05:16:33 PM
Towel, has anyone ever won?
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on June 09, 2010, 10:55:59 PM
Welcome to the forum, Dualnames!

Starship Titanic came in a 3 CD set so the full install is fairly large (over a gig).  I am not aware of any place you can download it, but if having CDs shipped is not too old fashioned for you, you can probably get a copy for around $20.
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: TheTowelThatCanDoAnything on June 10, 2010, 02:47:18 PM
No one Teatime...no one.  :(
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on June 10, 2010, 11:05:05 PM
Guess it's impossible. Or at least, improbable. :-\
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on July 07, 2010, 06:12:47 PM
Speaking of the Starship Titanic, here is a 1997 interview with DNA in which he discusses Starship Titanic (among other things including the Infocom games).

http://jason.con.ca/2010/06/19/interview-douglas-adams/ (http://jason.con.ca/2010/06/19/interview-douglas-adams/)
Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on December 05, 2010, 05:32:20 PM
I loved this part:

I knew I was on to something because when I went to San Francisco to talk about it everyone said I was mad. So I thought, “Good, it means nobody else is doing it.”

Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Kilman on April 05, 2014, 02:31:55 PM
The BBC has put out a 30th Anniversary Edition of the Hitchhiker's game (the original game was released in 1984).  I haven't tried it so I don't know if it is much, if any, different from the previous version they had on their site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition
 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition)


Title: Re: Infocom Game
Post by: Teatime on April 21, 2014, 05:47:50 PM
Nifty!