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 and the Cohens, and it’s perhaps a little to blunt about that, but its best trick is to evoke both the pleasant tedium of a long journey and the awkward getting-to-know-you conversations with a perfect stranger.
The big problem? Well, it was a Humble exclusive, bound up in their monthly subscription package – too tall an order for a purely curious mind. More ideal? Making this first chunk of the game free to all comers. Which is exactly what they’ve done, though only for the next few weeks.
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