File this one into the Things I Never Thought I’d See On An iPad list: the real Hitchhiker's Guide. Like, the actual one. Hothead Games, the creators of several small downloadable titles like DeathSpank and the Penny Arcade series, as well as iOS titles like Kickin’ Momma [$.99UHD], Chormanoids [$.99], and Kard Combat [Free], have confirmed its intentions to bring a visual version of Douglas Adams’ fantasy guide to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch this fall. The price will be $0, and it appears as if future entires will be paid downloads.

The app is being described as an “authentic experience,” which means it’s being shaped to be the actual device Adams described in his original radio series. It isn’t so much a game, but I think there’s a bunch of wiggle room here. No-one is saying that select entries won’t have game-like mechanics or gameification in them, so the door is open at the moment.

"We really focused on taking existing Guide entries and presenting them in a new, interactive way," Hothead Producer, Joel DeYoung said in a statement.

"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,” he continued.

I’m not the biggest fan of Hitchhiker out there, for sure, but I’d imagine that this is tickling a good portion of Adams’ e-zealots. The question if this will actually be any good or not, or nearly as faithful as Hothead and fans will want it to be, won’t be one we can answer until we see the end result. One thing I know for sure is that I’d hate to be a lead on this. The pressure has to be intense.

We'll keep our eyes out for this, and if the god's will it, we'll follow-up if its "interactive experiences" turn out to be something truly relevant to our interests.

[Via MTV Multiplayer, Kotaku]

  • http://twitter.com/bravadowaffle StephenD

    Oh my goodness. This would be the froodiest thing ever. I've been waiting for this ever since the first iPhone was announced. This would have been Douglas Adams' dream, he was one of the original Mac fanatics and typed his entire manuscript on one.

    Thanks for making our day! I think we'll have to have a pan galactic gargle blaster to celebrate!

  • Dr Vagary

    Gargle Blasters for everyone!!!

  • Adams Immersive

    Looks a little too cartoony, but still a cool idea!

    An iPhone with Wikipedia pretty much IS the Guide, actually.... to an extent I’d never have imagined owning in my pocket, way back in the Apple II era when I first read the books.

  • Anonymous

    Oh god they should not be charging for fucking entries, that's ridiculous. Just make the guide itself cost a dollar or two and add free updates.

  • Anonymous

    No wireframe grahics? one e-zealot fan disappointed right here... the look is wrong

  • Anonymous

    No wireframe grahics? one e-zealot fan disappointed right here... the look is wrong

  • Anonymous

    No wireframe grahics? one e-zealot fan disappointed right here... the look is wrong

  • Anonymous

    No wireframe grahics? one e-zealot fan disappointed right here... the look is wrong

  • hareaoro

    Slight correction.... The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was originally a novel before it was a radio show.
    This is pretty exciting news. I've had "Don't Panic" as my lock screen on my iphone and ipad since day one. Of course This probably won't be as informative as wikipedia , but its fun none the less.

    • Luke W

      No, BBC radio series was first.

    • Martin

      " Of course This probably won't be as informative as wikipedia , but its fun none the less."

      Wait untill our planet will be blown apart, than this guide is all you need. Wikipedia won't help you escaping from the Vogons.

    • S Boucke

      Wrong... BBC radio show first.  Stop reading Wikipedia

  • Alex

    Personally, I was hoping for this since the movie a few years back.  Wish it looked like that!  I read the book and what was in the movie almost perfectly matched my imagination.

  • Lolwut

    as long as it doesn't blast my ears with vogon poetry...i'll be fine

  • Imitated

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    Ps game looks awesome!!

  • Dib

    What does having a game attached have to do with anything?  We already know such an interactive guide will beat the hell out of whatever the Kindle has.

    The only thing that will stop me from getting it is if they go through with this IAP model.  I don't buy IAP and tend to stay away from any IAP-based apps as a personal rule  I would much rather pay the $3 the one time than possess an app with its hand constantly extended, begging for more change.

  • Tim the H2G2 fan

    Yes, but this will be the same stuff from the book repeated. Check out this site for something really cool http://guideentries.blogspot.com - there are loads of new articles and a couple of animations as well. Saw it on SFX and I've been reading ever since. Genius.

  • Chris Helbling

    Nothing new on this? Just curious.....