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Hitchhiker - First Ride

8 months ago

PSA: mystery roadtrip game Hitchiker is currently free

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote with some appreciation of Hitchiker - First Ride, the initial chapter of a game about catching lifts across an uncanny America with a series of oddball strangers. They tell you their stories, and as, as they do, you become embroiled in a wider mystery - and the landscape shifts and drifts into weirdness too. It pulls from Lynch…

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9 months ago

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Hitchhiker: a purgatorial roadtrip through a place both wonderful and strange

Hitchiker: the colours of Firewatch, the zen roadtrip calm of Truck Simulator, the addled homespun wisdom of that sarsaparilla-loving barfly from The Big Lebowski and the abstract underworld uncertainty of Twin Peaks' supernatural side. Also, an awful lot of raisins. Basically, it's somehow identified all the aesthetics that most please me (raisins excepted) and bundled them together into a cars'n'conversation odyssey that is equal parts…

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Hitchhiker looks like a hell of a trip

You're already in the car when you spot the first sign that something might be wrong. A matchbook hidden in the armrest of the passenger seat; someone has written 'HELP' on it. Oh no. Hitchhiker doesn't look like a horror game, at least not in the ghoulish and grotesque sense. I don't think it's about serial killers collecting victims along backroads. Instead, it looks like…

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