Hitchhiker

released on Mar 26, 2021

Hitchhiker is a mystery game set along lost highways, where your goal is to solve the puzzle of your own backstory. As a hitchhiker with no memory or destination, you catch a series of rides across a strange and beautiful landscape, tracking the mysterious disappearance of a person close to you. Your drivers range from stoic farmers to off-duty waitresses, and each one has a story to tell. Clues appear, alliances emerge, and nothing is quite what it seems. As your journey continues, you must decode the events of your past while confronting the dangers that lie ahead. Hitchhiker is a road-trip odyssey about exploring the unknown in order to find yourself.


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"Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real." - Iris Murdoch

Hitchhiker is a mystery game set along lost highways, where your goal is to solve the puzzle of your own backstory. As a hitchhiker with no memory or destination, you catch a series of rides across a strange and beautiful landscape, tracking the mysterious disappearance of a person close to you.

The game is basically a walking simulator, but instead of walking you are the passenger of a stranger's car. You're just there for the ride, trying your best to listen to the five drivers you'll be hitching a ride with and figuring out the reason you are there. If you're not particularly fond of story and narrative games, you won't find much enjoyment in Hitchhiker. Mechanically, Hitchhiker is very simple. You can't move and your only way of interaction with the world is inspecting objects around the cars, choosing dialogue responses and solving some very light puzzles a few times.

To me it felt like the narrative of the game started quite strongly from the surreal feel of the conversation, but after the first car it fell a little flat and boring. It breathes in surreal and metaphysical, helped along by a dreamlike state of repeating scenery, occasional on-the-nose road signs with warnings and philosophical meanderings, but breaths out repetitive, too weird and confusing.

In the end though, the game is very interesting and quite pretty to look at. The game is quite short, so it's not a bad game to play and I would recommend it if you get it off at a discount or from a bundle.

I think there's undeniably something there at the start with the surreal story and limitations set by the whole game unfolding in the passenger seat of the car, but aside from a few moments it all just falls flat.

Very easy playing that just pulls you along nicely with some likable characters but doesn't seem to be much there beyond the surface for the surrealism it presents

pretty neat, good atmosphere, but i think it over-explains itself in some areas and under-explains in others. also at a certain point it started making me motion sick, but i think that's my own problem. worth a play, i think

This game is 95% talking and just looking at your surrounding which if done wrong could make the whole game boring, but the writing is so well done and engaging It held my interest the whole time.