Galactic Hitchhiker

A very early British text adventure for the UK101

Galactic Hitchhiker by A. Knight, for the UK101 computer.

Mr Knight, of Cleveland, UK, was an early pioneer and prolific author of UK101 software, being mentioned in the May 1980 issue of Practical Electronics for all the programs he had submitted. His listing for Le Passe-Temps was chosen for inclusion in the magazine.

Hitchhiker was not yet included in his advertising that appeared in that same issue...


Similar adverts appear in the June & July 1980 issues.

Galactic Hitchhiker was heavily advertised as early as October 1980, in a wide range of UK electronics and microcomputing publications.

Source: Practical Electronics - October 1980

Source: Personal Computer World - October 1980

Similar PCW adverts
January 1981 - February 1981 - March 1981

Source: Computing Today - April 1981

Similar adverts - Computing Today
June 1981 - July 1981 - August 1981 - September 1981 - November 1981

Source: Your Computer - June/July 1981

Source: Practical Electronics - December 1981

Is it a "proper" text adventure? It seems to be!

It is playable through the java Compukit UK101 emulator which can be downloaded here.

The game itself can be found in this stardot thread. Open the hex file in the emulator's tape player and press L in monitor mode to load.

Here are some screenshots of early gameplay...

 

The very specific and quite antiquated parser makes progress tricky, but it has the key features of a "proper" text adventure.

 

 

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