Oregon Trail is the quintessential classic of the computer gaming era. Who hasn't spent countless hours stocking up their wagon to cross treacherous rivers only to die from dysentery? In comes Organ Trail to drag you back in to the time of simpler gaming, where regardless of skill level, your fate is wholly determined by Lady Luck.
For those who've never played the original, your objective is to cross the now zombie-infested United States in, most appropriately, a station wagon. You take with you four of your buddies, food, ammo, fuel, and parts for your car. Instead of predetermined roles, the Director's Cut version lets you create your own story with the option of selecting difficulty modes. Stock up and hit the road while taking care of the well-being of your companions (fighting off infections and diseases) as well as keeping an eye on provisions. Keep yourself well supplied through bartering, trading, taking on jobs, and when the times get tough, scavenging.
Minigames, which include fighting off biker gangs and going on bandit shootouts, add a new twist to the original elements. The infamous river crossing of the original has been replaced with navigating through massive zombie hordes, which are still as treacherous and luck-dependent as the original. The shooting mechanic has been updated with a slingshot-style control, making the game more interactive as well as adding a new level of challenge. We felt that the drag-to-shoot and tap-to-move mechanics can easily lead to some frustrating moments as you can accidentally step back into the reach of your pursuers when trying to clear the zombie in front of you.
The game is relatively short for the price tag. Clocking in at about 2-3 hours of playing at a regular pace, we thought it could have been a bit longer for a higher than average price tag. The replay value is high, so that could make up for it. If you like zombies and nostalgic gaming, this could the mobile purchase for you.
From The Men Who Wear Many Hats LLC:
----------- Latest update includes save file recovery!!! -----------**Touch Arcade - 9/10 "Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a weird, wonderful and almost surprisingly expansive experience that will both infuriate and enchant."****148 Apps - 9/10 "Virtually every aspect of Organ Trail: Directors Cut oozes style and cleverness."****Jay Is Games - "Organ Trail: Director's Cut is a quirky, darkly humorous, and off-beat love letter to retro gaming."****Game Trailers - "Its definitely one of the more intense and cerebral zombie games out there"**-------------------------------------------------Organ Trail is a retro zombie survival game. Travel westward in a station wagon with 4 of your friends, scavenging for supplies and fending off the undead. Members of your party might die of dysentery or you might have to put them down yourself when they get bit. Faithfully recreated it as if it were on the Apple 2, Organ Trail offers amazing 16 color art and retro beeps and boops. Packed full of zombie mechanics, themes and references; this is a must have for any zombie survival fans.Created by a small indie team in Chicago, The Men Who Wear Many Hats are very excited to launch with this game as their first commercial product, funded by our Kickstarter fans.-Name your party after your friends and watch them die slowly-Hours of gameplay-Get dysentery and 9 other diseases-Scavenge for supplies while you fight back the undead-Manage your food, ammo, fuel, medkits and more in your struggle to survive-Put down infected party members who might turn on you-Stop at towns to trade, take jobs and fix your car-Car upgrades-Fight off bandits-Zombie boss fights-Choice driven encounters on the road-A weather system and day night cycle-Huge soundtrack and delicious Apple 2 pixel art-28 Achievements-Survivor leaderboards-400 community written tombstones
Bug Fixes-Fixed "Survivor" unlock-Fixed "Take No Prisoners" Achievement-Fixed town details not saving-Removed upgrades from travel choice without endless-Fixed not encountering Fording or Bandits when leaving town in endless-Fixed teammates in car shooting for finale-Added fix that should both prevent going -milesBalance Tweaks & Other-Reduced aiming sensitivity-Added fording to new cities-Clamped Half Zombie's speed-Added target practice dummies to the intro