A few weeks in the past, I wrote with some appreciation of Hitchiker – First Ride, the preliminary chapter of a sport about catching lifts throughout an uncanny America with a collection of oddball strangers. They inform you their tales, and as, as they do, you change into embroiled in a wider thriller – and the panorama shifts and drifts into weirdness too. It pulls from Lynch and the Cohens, and it’s maybe a bit of to blunt about that, however its greatest trick is to evoke each the nice tedium of an extended journey and the awkward getting-to-know-you conversations with an ideal stranger.
The large drawback? Well, it was a Humble unique, sure up of their month-to-month subscription bundle – too tall an order for a purely curious thoughts. More ideally suited? Making this primary chunk of the sport free to all comers. Which is precisely what they’ve finished, although just for the following few weeks.
First Ride is out there totally free to anybody who heads over here by February 2. You’ll must create or signal right into a Humble account to obtain it, however that’s it. I do know the hyperlink takes you to the present Monthly Bundle, however sincere, click on on Hitchhiker and also you’ll get a pop-up asking you to signal and then you definately’re onto the obtain, no fee required.
This first, hourish chapter sees you journeying alongside a rural tract of America with a loquacious raisin farmer who relatively strongly evokes The Big Lebowski’s mustachioed narrator, aka The Stranger. You are merely a passenger right here, which suggests your choices are restricted to dialog, opening the window and consuming raisins which can or is probably not laced with some sort of psychedelic. But all of it grows a lot stranger, and creepier, because the drive wears on. Not within the methods you would possibly anticipate, both, however, to be sincere, I dug the overall driving/shooting-the-shit vibe greater than I did the plotty stuff.
All being properly, additional ‘rides’ will comply with, every with a brand new driver and their very own story. I believe these received’t be free, nevertheless – generally, in spite of everything, the bar eats you.