The Hitchhikers' Guide To the Galaxy
Based on the movie adaptation of the cult classic novel, Hitchhikers brings the adventure to your phone and we have the score.
Douglas Adams' legacy of The Hitchhikers' Guide To the Galaxy has entranced for years, developing a little cult following of its own through the release of several books and a BBC series in Europe that turned out to be quite a hit. Now US audiences can get their cravings fulfilled with a movie of the same name, focusing on a poor schlep who finds himself traveling through the galaxy after Earth has been obliterated to make room for a new highway.
Following suit is Starwave, serving up a mobile game for use on your cell phone that's actually not that bad. In fact, those who remember the old adventure games from the Apple IIe and NES days may find themselves right at home.
The game puts you in the shoes of Arthur Dent as he's picked up before Earth's destruction and whisked to several locations across the galaxy, running into all sorts of characters including the friendly Ford Prefect and a nervous, paranoid robot named Marvin. The cast is as colorful as they were in the movie, and plenty of situations make themselves familiar so fans will feel right at home. The game uses a typical interface where items and talking come into play more than action, and it's just fine for a long road trip.
The presentation is basic but gets the job done, for the most part. While the sound isn't really present that much aside from some little quirks here and there, the graphics present a cute little style that'll make you feel really comfortable. There's also a helpful "item wheel" that comes into play to point out what you can use, and it's pretty clear.
The Hitchhikers' Guide To the Galaxy actually lasts a pretty good amount of time, and it's mostly fun while you get through it. Once it's over, there's not that much extra to go around, but it's the journey, not the destination, right?
What's Hot: A solid game faithful to the movie.
What's Not: Fairly basic, and not much replay value (though it is lengthy).