Hitch Hiker Review

Being a Hitch Hiker can be scary and also so adventurous at the same time. There is nothing like being on the road with your window down, listening to stories from the strangers that were kind enough to pick you up. The only worry you have when hitchhiking is that you never know what type of person will be driving that car. Are they friendly, or do they have a secret that can change your life forever? HitchHiker is a mystery game that puts you right into that passenger seat to learn the mystery’s out on the road.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from a game called HitchHiker. Like I said above, it could either go two ways, you have a friendly ride, or your ride turns into a nightmare. As I started my first ride, I felt very at peace with the diver named Vern. Vern was a raisin farmer (yeah, I know there is no such thing as a raisin farmer, but it took me until the third driver to tell me that to put two and two together). Once a little into my ride and me getting comfortable with Vern, things started to get strange.

You start to learn a little about your back story and why you’re on the rode HitchHiking in the first place. There is something or someone you’re looking for. You learn this when a picture of you and what appears to be your girlfriend appears in Vern’s glovebox. This was the first experience where I felt chills fill my body. Things didn’t feel right. This kind widowed farmer quickly turns into a sketchy stalker in a matter of seconds. Obviously, he plays it off cool until it is time to unload you onto the next driver.

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Vern parts ways with some words of wisdom after what seems to be a strange ending to his ride. But you learn something important in his closing statement, something that you feel you truly need to pay attention to. The next thing you know, you are in a car with a man named Hops. Here you have left the dusty road you were just on and are now in a nice suburb. Hops seem to be driving around aimlessly, almost as if he is looking for something. As the ride continues, it feels as if you have been driving in circles forever, only to find out the place Hops is looking for is closed.

Luckily for you, Hops takes you to his home, where you find something very important as well as a picture that brings back a memory. These pictures end up popping up in each car ride and trigger flashbacks explaining where you are and why. Even though I found Hop’s ride to be boring and seemed like one of the longest levels in the game, it did seem to have one of the most important pieces to the puzzle. A box that is said to explain everything.

Now, after you have been bored to death by hops, you appear at a diner. This by far happens to be my favorite level of them all. Leah is a cool down to earth waitress with an I don’t care kind of attitude. She’s someone that anyone who has a nine-to-five job could relate to. Also, maybe it was because it was a change of scenery by not being in a car or that the level kept you engaged as ghostly items floated around the dinner for you to click on and get points. Either way, it was by far the most interesting level of them all.

Here in the diner is where you learn pretty much everything you need to know, on why you’re wandering down this dusty road looking for someone that seems might never be found. By then, you are so immersed in the storyline that you push through till the end because you need to know what happens. As you leave the diner with Leah to meet a mysterious person at a gas station, you are hit what seems to be your biggest fear when Hitch Hiking. (well, at least what would be my biggest fear).

After getting cut off at the gas station by a random car, you appear in the trunk of a car. Sketchy, right. Luckily you remember Vern from your first ride, who gave you his number if you ever needed some help. Even though Vern gave me the most unsettling vibes so far, I’m glad I called him up since he gets you out of a tight jam. Once you find your way out, you find yourself in the car’s front seat you were just in the truck of.

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Things get strange as you meet Sayed, a middle eastern man that is uncertain how you ended up in his trunk. It has me question my thinking since in the scene before the trunk, it seems you get kidnapped, but now it might have been yourself who got into a random trunk of a car. The mystery throughout the game is probably one of the best features of the game. It gets you thinking. It truly has you clueless at some points of the game. Not in a way that makes you feel stupid, just in a way that makes you open up your mind to different thinking.

Once I wrapped my brain around what happened, I spend my time with Sayed, intrigued by his stories. He dives deeper into why you’re here, all without even knowing why he is on this road himself. I wish I could go deeper into why you have taken this journey, but I’m doing my best not to put out too many spoilers because I think this is a game worth playing/experiencing yourself. Once Sayed has finished with his part of the road after some freaky encounters with some tumbleweed eyeballs and a couple of magic words, you are onto your final driver.

Before you transition to this last driver, you first must hang glide in the clouds and play a little mini-game collecting items that trigger your memories. This little game is pleasant and relaxing and prepares you for what starts as a strange and intense car ride. This ride is with Jack, who is working for the bad guys, or so we think. With it being a mystery game, everything is still kind of up in the air.

While in the car with Jack, you learn that he has the key to the box you have been trying to open since you found it on the second level. A woman on the radio helps you get it in a way that doesn’t seem to be the smartest of ways. Once you get this key, you are left with a puzzle to open the mystery box. This leads to one final flashback that seems to leave open ends to the mystery. It’s kind of up to you on how to interpret the ending and what might of truly happen in the real world, and what happens to your girlfriend.

I have thought of many different outcomes on what could happen, and even while I was writing this review, I thought of one that made the most sense to me. This game hits you in so many ways and runs you through so many emotions that you can’t help but enjoy the game as a whole.

Final Verdict

HitchHiker was engaging, calming, chilling, and a lot of fun. I had a very good time riding with every driver in the game. It did have some dull moments when it came to the ride with hops, but other than that, every ride had gone smooth and made this mystery game unique. I do wish that there could have been some more interactions while in the cars since one of my favorite parts was when I had something to do even while being fully engaged in the story.

The only hiccup I ran into was when things escalated quickly. I couldn’t seem to figure out how to solve the puzzles without having to click everywhere or getting advice from the drivers themselves(which only happens after doing nothing for some time). Now, this could have been me missing instructions that popped up on the screen or my lack of problem-solving, but I still feel like it could have been easier in some ways.

Other than a few minor problems along the journey, this game was excellent. I enjoyed every minute of it and recommend giving it a try. If you are looking for something different and interesting in a video game, this is it. I am giving this a 4 out of 5 rating only because of the issues I listed above but make no mistake, this game is worth every penny.

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