It’s been a “five-part trilogy” of books, a Britcom, a radio comedy, a computer game, a comic book, and a megabudget Hollywood movie that not even Zooey Deschanel’s innate cuteness could entice sci-fi nerds into the theater to see.
But in its latest incarnation — as an iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch app — Douglas Adams’ shaggy dog of a sci-fi comedy The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is, for the first time, appearing just as it was intended: a guide. Adams’ electronic, interstellar travel guide is equal parts Arthur Frommer and Abbie “Steal This Book” Hoffman — “The Universe On Zero Dollars Per Day,” if you will.
Kudos to Hothead Games, who avoided the obvious temptation to merely digitize Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and the rest of the original story’s motley crew. Like its “real life” model, their HHGTTG app will educate you as to the importance of towels, the utter dreadfulness of Vogon poetry, and where to find the best Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (hint: the Restaurant at the End of the Universe comes highly recommended).
Says Hothead’s Joel DeYoung, “We really focused on taking existing Guide entries and presenting them in a new, interactive way…We have so much respect for the original that we had to stay true to the style of Douglas Adams and deliver an app that feels familiar to fans but updated for today’s devices.” The app is due this fall, but you can monitor its progress at http://www.thenewhitchhikersguide.com.