That’s not a typo. It really is ORGAN Trail. And it’s pretty terrific.
The concept is wonderfully mashed up:
“What if we took the game play and graphics of a classic video game from the Apple IIe, and updated the story line to fit our modern zombie-gore sensibilities?”
At its core this is a spot on clone of Oregon Trail. The twist is that it takes place in modern times following a zombie apocalypse. You have to pack up your station wagon, round up survivors, and hit the road.
Graphics are spot on retro, with only 16 colors available on screen, and large blocky pixels to animate scenes and action. Most actions are accomplished through text options, but the “hunting” sequences are maintained, walking a stick figure around an environment. Only this time you’re not hunting buffalo…
This game mechanic has endured a long time, and even playing a satirical version of this narrative, it’s still wonderfully captivating. Storytelling becomes crucial when you don’t have visuals to fall back on. While the pacing of the game would be considered “leisurely,” it’s still capable of delivering some tense moments.
Also of note is the development of this game, which started out as a Kickstarter project. It’s fantastic watching the democratization of game development occur through crowdsourcing.
Anyone with an appreciation of retro gaming will recognize this instantly; and in a world of slick 3D rendered photo-realistic shooters, Organ Trail stands as a happy accomplishment, and well worth its $2.99 price tag.
Come on, one of the game’s “features” boasts “Get dysentery and 9 other diseases!” How is that not a slice of fried gold!