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Hitchhiker's Illustrated Guide to the Galaxy

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic Infocom text adventure created by the late Douglas Adams, the BBC has put together this wonderful Flash re-creation of the game complete with illustrations and a graphical interface! Yes, it is still the same great text adventure, but now there are pictures to help you envision the wacky way-out worlds of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and get you across the galaxy safely—just don't expect them to reflect all of the events described. The interface even shows inventory items you pick up along the way, further enhancing the experience. This is 1984 interactive fiction at its finest, as well as its more insane moments, too.

If you are interested in learning more about Douglas Adams and the history behind ‘the Guide', the BBC website is the place to go.

There is now an alternate version available with different art created as part of a picture competition, also from the BBC website.

Update: Like most games on the BBC website, this one has also fallen into the void of disrepair and neglect and does not function properly anymore. I wish the BBC would take better care of the awesome games they have given us over the years. Previously tagged as: bbc, browser, flash, free, game, ifiction, infocom, linux, mac, narrative, puzzle, rating-g, remake, text, unique, windows


I used to play this game for hours...now I just want to scream, "WHERE THE HELL ARE THE PRETTY GRAPHICS??!!"

Still, it will probably be buckets better than the movie due to come out this Spring.

Thanks for the memories.

Oh...yeah...your site is addictive. You rock.



This game is cool so far... Why can't I get the thing out of the gown's pocket? What do I have to type? Help?


dude: type look in pocket!


"put on gown" > first
"look in pocket" > second
"take pill" third > third

Now your day goes down hill!

I keep getting hit in the head with bricks... that can't be good.

How to avoid the bricks?


Same here, can't do anything, shouting doesn't work.....help:)


take mail notice the house is about to be demolished,
say some command to "!hint!stop bulldozer" then wait until you are offered a towel, refuse and wait till its your time to get up. go on from there


what do u do next after the guy tells you to stop


what do i do after i enter the pub, drink the beer or dont drink the beer? confused...


i got to the part where it says im in dark, i picked up the blinking black thing and i hitch-hiked but now i dont know what is going on. help!!

ShadeOfLight April 28, 2005 4:10 PM

I had to look at a walkthrough for the dark part too, but for the rest, i'm gonna force myself to finish them. Stay 4 times in the dark. (Type "stay") then i'll give you a hint: What senses do you have?


ok, now im on the spaceship and i have no idea what to do.does anyone know what to do next?

Michael May 9, 2005 10:35 PM

Could you post the site with the walkthrough?


the movie rocks!
so much like the books its amazing!
you're site is the best

silverwing99 June 8, 2005 4:59 PM

Try hints on the website.



to get started:
first turn on light
get out of bed
take gown
put on gown
open pocket
take pill
then take everything else in the room
go south
take mail
go south
stop bulldozer
wait and keep waiting until ford talks to proctor and proctor lays down in your place
take towel
go to pub and drink beer, but only three times (otherwise you'll get too drunk and you'll die)
wait until the vogons arrive
wait until ford drops the black device
take it and press the green button
wait until you notice that you can smell something
smell it, then look at the dark figure
next, you need to get the babel fish from the machine. this takes four steps before you'll get the babel fish to land in your ear. you will need several different items.

that should get you started...


this isn't a comment.......it's a question. well here it is:When is the movie Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy going to come out!?!? pleaaaaaassssssseeeeeee tell me


Do you mean on DVD? The movie has been out, at least here in the US, since April. The DVD is due to release in September.


i got hit on the head with a brick. How lame is that.


i stay in front the bulldozer and ford comes i take the towel what do i do next he leaves me


How do I cover the drain?


fred, don't take the towel


Where is the walkthrough? I can't get the babelfish part.


need...... walkthrough.... can't.... do..... anything..... on heart of gold ship..... dont know wat to do now...... help........

Cold Frog August 21, 2005 2:46 AM

what always upset me about this game is that, at the beginning, I saw no way to actually get anywhere if you hadn't read the beginning of the first book. After there it's a lot of touch and go stuff, I definitely haven't finished it, I have a feeling it's quite long. At least it's in the same weird vein as the books/shows/etc.


please help me i am stuck at the black screen where it says you cant hear feel or taste anything
please help me


Allison Hart August 27, 2005 7:00 PM

This game was fun for about a half-hour, now I just like to fight with the guide helper person. (i.e. You are stupid, you don't know what know means? You just said "I don't 'know' what know means" and you don't know what know means?!!) (Wow, that was confusing.)


I can't open my saved games!! Can someone help?!?!

Terje Br?•ten September 25, 2005 10:08 PM

Matt asked "How do I cover the drain?"
Here is the solution:

Use the towel


How do I get the interface? Help!!!


i can't stop the robot from taking the babelfish


Put satchel in front of robot panel. Put mail on top of satchel. Cover drain with towel. Remove gown. Hang gown on hook. type: "push dispenser button"


The BBC published some helpful hints on playing the game that you can find here--

It explains how to save games, among other useful things...


When the room is dark at the beginning, it's understandable that you're confused. How's this:




when i get towel and i enter: go to pub it doesnt
whats the matter?


how come a fleet of Vogon Constructor ships com to demolish the Earth to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.


i got crushed by the buldoser TWO TIMES HOW BAD AM I AT THIS GAME.


here is a really nice cheat:

when you die, type restore and just guess a profie! it works for me.


okay-i've gone through two scenarios already, and when i got to my third i'm stuck after i FEEL, it just keeps me in the black, and all the walkthrough's i've checked don't help whatsoever- what do i do?


mm, i scored 0 out of a possible 400 in 19 turns. i still feel like it could be a record.

michael June 2, 2006 3:33 AM

hey how do you get through the maze?


I have played this game for hours and always get stuck on trying to type in the password on the glass case keyboard can someone please, please, please spell it out to me how to do it, it just keeps saying it doesn't recognise the word! It's driving me crazy!


I think you have to put the word in quotes.
I don't know the correct word though :(

The recording says: "To open the case, type in the third word from the second verse of the Captain's current favourite poem. WARNING: An incorrect input will cause the case to explode."

The only poem I heard was:

"Oh freddled gruntbuggly, thy nacturations are to me!
"As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee."

"Groop I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes."
"And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles, or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"

Every word I tried I died; so if anyone knows the correct word, please tell!


okay i just radomly died when i went to the machine.


I recently finished reading all of the books. They're good. They even helped me to win the game with 400 points recently. I'm good.



In case anyone cares: In the last book...

everybody dies.



wanna get a little babel fish??



you have to "ENJOY THE POETRY" in order to hear the second verse. ^_^

rrobert35 August 1, 2006 5:56 PM

anyone know how to get past the screening door?
Please help!


How do I get to bar? I'm confused!


i am stuck where you get blown into a passing ship! what do i do?!


could anyone make a complete walkthrough


i put the gown on the hook but how do i get the babel fish out on the vorgon ship?


im stuck i have the hitchhickers guide now what?

Reloilik March 21, 2007 2:26 PM

alright I'm at the glass case and I know the word it just says I don't know


and thats the word! HELP!


Hint for entering the password to access vortex thingy

1. You must have gotten the Babel Fish (look above posts for how)
2. While you are listening to poetry, type |Enjoy poetry| any time after the commander starts reading the first verse.
3. This will prompt him to read yet another verse, and he says something like: "I see you have enjoyed my poetry so I will read a ANOTHER (second) Verse!"
4. Copy down this verse, and note the word that corresponds with the vortex directions.
5.When the guard throws you and Ford back into the Volgon Hold, flip the lever or switch again to find out which word is the password, and type exactly how I type in the space below, substitute "Fripping" for the word you discovered!(Make sure you type the word type too!!)

Type "Fripping" on keyboard

This will be input into the box exactly this way, and the glass case will open, make sure you also "Take vortex _ _ _ _ " or you will be thrown into the hatch without it and die.


i am SOO confused!! Can someone PLEASEEEE make an entire walkthrough? one that makes SENSE??


this isnt a walk through, but it helps =D
for it to work, type restore, then these names, to go to that level.

Level 1


Level 2

vogon dark

Level 3


Level 4

heart of gold

Level 5


Level 6


Level 7


Level 8


Level 9

war chamber/maze

Level 10



Oooh i loved the movie, there are 2 i think, i liked the newer one, IT IS SOO FUNNY!!!

oh and the game is soooooo good because there are so many pointless things to do! like punching yourself, or looking under you bed, punching someone and many many many more! there is a list somewhere floating about the internet, I've seen it!


so many funny things! like careless talk costs lives!!!


oh and the game is REALLY BIG. the only walkthrough made that i can use is made by the author of the game, google
hitchhikers guide to the galaxy walkthough.


You know what's really funny?
the item

No tea LOL


whoops, this is the third post, anyway, examine no tea and peanuts and mybe some other items like the sandwich.

The examine screen is funny. the thing your aunt gave you is:

Holds an infinite number of items, and always comes back to you somehow


about the careless talk...
thats so important, you must say something crazy and get most of a small galaxy destroyed, or else you can never enter the maze, a vital part of this game near the end



kay so i'm in the dark. like, quite literally, in the dark. i read the books so i know at this point i'm on the heart of gold, but how do i get out of this darkness?

also...i plan on making a walkthrough to this game, once i've beaten it and i play it again.


Hey! So I found a few great walkthroughs for this game...

(this one's good if you want more detailed instructions, and hints and clues as to what's going on in the actual story)

(this one's better if you need to know what the actual commands are)


I'm so pathetic. I just finished reading the entire Hitchhiker's guide series 2 days ago, but I can't do anything without the walkthrough. :P


This game is horrible.
Isn't there anything fun for a really impatient person to play and not get annoyed?


Wow, now THIS is a good text adventure, I've always needed a visual, what with "And there's so-and-so to the east, and this-and-that to the southwest" I would always get so turned around and confused! This is great, thanks Jay!

Anonymous August 9, 2009 7:25 PM

I kind of like this game, it has a nice storyline, but when you die an say "restart" you go to a random part in the game. Then you say "Y" and restart. I really don't want to cheat my way through this game.


My argument with the game:
> Where am I?
You're in the Bedroom.
> Good.
I don't know the word "good".
> You're a bit stupid then, aren't you?
I don't know the word "you're".
> Exactly.
I don't know the word "exactly".
I don't know the word "aarrghh!".

I have yet to find an IF game which I can banter with.


HA! Try typing in


and see what it says!

exerminator2000 March 22, 2011 7:05 PM

douglas adams died? that is depressing.


... get killed ... its too bad for your first life ... type "restor" then type "restart" you'll be put back into the game ... half way to the pub! go the the pub and drink till ford tells you about your house ... then run east ... then north you'll see your house in its demolished form


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