The original Oregon Trail is an absolute classic, and what better way to pay homage than make a deluxe parody. That’s exactly what Organ Trail: Director’s Cut is, as it’s based on the Apple 2 classic, but with a zombie apocalypse theme. The idea is the same, but made with a present day theme, and packed with personality and charm. The same pixel art style graphics are included, as well as the memorable cues of someone getting dysentery or losing food due to an unforeseen event.
The entire game takes the Oregon Trail to heart as you begin by collecting resources, and then set out on your journey across the U.S. You take the wheel of a station wagon with four of your friends, and try to keep moving along through each ravaged city. Your friends and resources will slowly deplete, but you will stop at towns along the way to rest, buy/sell items, make trades, perform jobs, and simply scavenge for more. There’s so much to do at each pit stop to make you want to keep going through the game.
It’s the original resource management game redone with a hilarious theme without sacrificing any of the qualities that made the original great. It’s a great blast from the past, which you will instantly notice as different when you have to shoot the first person you meet to put them out of their misery after being bit by a zombie. It’s simply great to see the action and story unfold, and there are the classic survival sequences redone with zombies in mind. When you scavenge or perform protection jobs, you will need to shoot all kinds of zombies just by simply pulling back and releasing to use your shotgun. You will also need to upgrade and repair your car to make it through zombie hordes or fend off a motorbike clan.
Organ Trail: Director’s Cut ($2.99, Universal) is a perfect example of how to bring a classic up to date while maintaining what makes it a classic in the first place. Organ Trail is a should buy that delivers amazing gameplay and personality for an excellent iOS experience regardless if you’re familiar with the original or not.