BBC has launched an updated version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a text adventure game based on Douglas Adams' science fiction series of the same name, to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
The game first released in 1984, written by Adams and programmed by Steve Meretzky, and reportedly sold 350,000 copies when first launched. A 20th Anniversary Edition was released in 2004, which retained the text adventure elements but added some simple graphics.
"The game was spotted languishing on these pages, quietly ticking over with up to 70 visitors on a good day," reads the About the Game page for the 30th anniversary edition. "The time seemed right for a spit and polish and to re-house it on a shiny new server just before the old ones were switched off for good. An already cantankerous game with a penchant for killing people in a variety of amusing ways, the game has not become more friendly while sulking unloved and unnoticed."
Among the updates in the new version is the ability for the game to send tweets based on players' actions.
"We then decided that rather than having a simple functionality where the user could tweet, we would allow the game itself to tweet, based on the actions of users in the game," BBC explained. "This was when the games' personality started to shine through. This may or may not prove to have been a good idea."
The game is available for free on the BBC website.