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'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' App For iPhone, iPad

08/15/2011 11:12 am 11:12:19 | Updated Oct 12, 2011

Attention, sci-fi lovers! Douglas Adams's cult classic adventure story, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is getting its very own mobile app.

Vancouver-based development startup Hothead Games announced its plan for the app earlier in May, but details are just beginning to surface.

The original Hitchhiker's Guide, created by Adams in 1977, was imagined as a digital guide capable of identifying every inter-galactic creature in the Universe. According to Adams's lore, it is the most complete collection of knowledge on otherworldly things--from the Babel fish to Haggunenons.

"We really focused on taking existing Guide entries and presenting them in a new, interactive way," Hothead Producer Joel DeYoung said . "We have so much respect for the original that we had to stay true to the style of Douglas Adams, and deliver an app that feels familiar to fans, but updated for today's devices."

Hothead said in a press release on Gamasutra that the user experience for its Hitchhiker's Guide app will stay true to the "authentic experience [imagined by Adams], allowing fans to feel like they're holding the device that Douglas Adams described over thirty years ago."

Mashable's Chris Taylor, a self-confessed Douglas Adams fan, is underwhelmed about the app's graphics. "They have an unfortunate cartoonish look about them, suggesting this app is going to be closer to the Disney movie version made after Adam's death than the classic BBC version," he wrote.

The app is scheduled to launch this fall and will be available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Fans anticipating the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy app can sign up for updates at the app's website.

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