Posted: February 24
Oregon Trail was the first game I ever played; huddled before the big, beige computer in my first grade classroom, I vindictively named my comrades after loathed classmates and family members, delighting in their textually delivered deaths. Organ Trail brings out oodles of bloodthirsty nostalgia in me, with delightful pixel art and appropriately retro soundtrack. The gun-firing mechanics and terrible random events are suitably frustrating, and the simple but genuinely impactful supply system (spend, barter, and stock up carefully) gives players plenty to fret over on top of avoiding the undead while scavenging, and hoping a party member doesn't break an arm, sit on a spare battery and ruin it (seriously, Craig, what the hell?), or get bitten. And the additional cake icing of modern day zombie genre favorites getting artistic nods and references all over really endeared me to the game, paying closer attention to background art and dialogue exchanges lest I miss one.
I'd suggest this to anyone who loved Oregon Trail and is a fan of the zombie genre -- but what kind of lifeless monster would you be if you didn't and weren't?