Tl;dr You’ll never forget your first ride.
Hitchhiker is one of those games that draws you in right away, and takes you for a ride, literally. Every playthrough is a little different, with you remembering different information, or noticing something you may have missed the drive before. Although the game is in its very early forms, you can only play the first ride right now, it is 100% worth it. Not to mention, you should be able to get it free through Humble Bundle. No matter how you get this game, you’ll never forget your first ride.
The atmosphere of Hitchhiker takes you to a place of Morgan Freeman-like voice actors, with such character and strength. I feel as if all games had the same voice acting, as the farmer who is narrating the ride, it’d be a whole level of depth added. As he narrates through the endless farmlands in front of you, he controls the whole atmosphere of the game. From the nonsense small chat after picking up a hiker – to the almost crapping your pants when he tells you he has lied to you about something. Oh, and the scary part? Crows.
Crows are an interactive part of the story, and they add that “Children of the Corn” factor to the game. Well, that and obviously all the corn you’re driving through. If the creators of this game wanted too, they could very quickly turn this game into a survival horror game, or similar. The atmosphere is there, and I can’t wait to see what they do as they build the game further. One thing I really hope the developers add in future releases is a little more freedom. I feel like you’re a little restricted right now in the game due to the fact that if you run through it multiple times, its very easy to get the exact same dialog. The game is still in its infancy, so I’m sure this will be added onto in the future.
Speaking of the future… “Memory’s a slippery thing.” Some of the quotes that come from the dialogue of this game are worth writing down, or putting on your website. “Just another raisin out of the box”. The overall theme of the game, about the many paths that we take, and the journey we are all can be very personal to a personal at any given point in the trip. Personally, spoiler alert, the end of the trip was the most meaningful of all the moments to me. I mean, there were quite a few times where I thought I was in the truck with an axe murderer, especially when I thought there was someone in the back seat and no one was there. However, when the bird described the path as many branches, and the road ahead was blocked because of our own doing, I could apply it to life. We build so many roadblocks and the only thing that is stopping us is us. I would ride again.
Absolutely would ride again. Oh, and I did ride again. Since I know how I felt during the ride, I had to have someone else try. I had my younger sister hop on and try the game out. Mid-way through the ride she started asking if something was going to jump out at her, and if this game was going to be scary. I will say she laughed at all the jokes, and her adrenaline was up by the end of the show. Worthwhile, and worth the share. Check it out! (here)
P.S. Look for future articles about this game. I’ll be checking up on it periodically to see how it progresses.