Gamer on a Budget #1

Organ Trail: Director's Cut

by William LJ Galaini


Organ Trail: Director's Cut
Developer: Hatsproductions
Price: $4.99
Where: Steam, Desura, Amazon App
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

Organ Trail Screenshot 1

As the first digital gaming generation ages, we see some companies target our wallets with weaponized nostalgia. Sometimes this is a horrible misstep and we are subjected to crap ala Duke Nukem Forever, but sometimes it really pays off and we get a charming experience that plays into our prior knowledge while expanding it with something new. Such is Organ Trail: Director’s Cut.

Organ Trail Screenshot 2

Much like the classic Oregon Trail and its many sequels and spin-offs, this game has you gathering a band of blank slated individuals for a life-or-death journey Westward. The iconic wagon is replaced with an iconic station wagon, and we find that our coveted supplies include food, fuel, batteries, munitions, medical supplies, tires, mufflers, and cash for currency in town. Surviving settlement to settlement is the name of the game, and scavenging the local wilds when your vehicle breaks down or when someone is too ill to travel evokes all kinds of surprises.

Organ Trail Screenshot 3

The game is clearly a retro work, focusing on archaic animations and graphics. The sound however, is something else entirely. The music is top notch and the UI effects sound just like the chunky keyboard on an Apple 2, elevating the experience from nostalgic to classic. There are also some interesting game play additions involving mini-bosses like biker gangs and hordes of stampeding deer to a very simple yet refined shooting mechanic that is surprisingly responsive.

Organ Trail Screenshot 4

Why you would buy it:
 Zombie grizzly bears
 Plucky humor
 Tons of randomized content
 Challenging
 Runs on damn-near anything

Why you would pass on it:
 Old school may not be your school
 Despite tons of content, some is repetitive

Recommended for: Older gamers looking for something casual

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