Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Warning: This is going to be a nerdy post.
A long, long time ago when I was just a kid, my parents bought me my first computer. It was an Apple //c , and it rocked. Like any kid, my real interest in the machine had nothing to do with education (though I might have hinted that to my parents) and everything to do with video games. I couldn't have convinced them to buy a Nintendo, but I was able to get them to buy this computer. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Anyhow, the first game we got for it had no graphics whatsoever. I'm not sure I knew that when I bought it, I just wanted to play darn it! Whatever disappointment I might have experienced at not getting to see 256 color pixelated images was quickly vanquished once I delved into the Infocom masterpiece: The Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy (written by the author of the book by the same name Douglas Adams, and programmed by Steve Meretzky).
Spoiler Warning: I think it was my sister who finally figured out we had to lie down in front of the bulldozer. After having spent hours trying to solve that puzzle it was such a rush of welcome success. Of course, I got killed by space aliens very soon after that.
Well, it turns out on the BBC website you can play this gem, for free, and it even has some clever illustrations added to it. Any fan of Douglas Adams would do well to try it out...it can be maddeningly frustrating, but there's just something so satisfying about figuring out a problem after turning it around in your head for hours. Not the most productive use of time, but still...
Check out the site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml