Organ Trail: Director’s Cut-A Game of Nostalgia and Zombies

I have finally gotten around to playing something and organizing a list of what I plan to the play for the rest of the month. I didn’t know there were so many zombie games out there for my amusement. Sorting through them is half the battle.

The first official zombie game I have played for my zombie month is Organ Trail: Director’s Cut by The Men Who Wear Many Hats. A nice zombie twist on a childhood favorite, it’s a game I’ve had my eye on for a while.

the men who wear many hatsI have to say that I don’t remember how the original Oregon Trail played. Like…the original on a floppy disk that you had to change half way through the trek across the country. I was hoping to find a copy somewhere but couldn’t. Or didn’t have the time. You pick.

Even though I don’t quite remember the original Oregon Trail, playing Organ Trail seemed vaguely familiar to me. From the party set up to gathering supplies to watching a station wagon on a screen until something cool happened; the game was pretty straight forward. It all felt right.

The one thing that I found hard to get used to was scavenging and shooting. The mechanism is to use arrow keys to move and the mouse to pull back and shoot. I felt like the aiming was off. Sometimes when I would point and shoot, it wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted to go. Unfortunately, this was a huge part of the game and kept me from taking jobs for money or scavenging until it was completely necessary. Don’t even get me started on the random boss fights with the stupid zombie bear. It was the worst.

Oddly enough, even in one of the most non scary games I’ve ever played, I felt a lot of anxiety to not get caught by the zombies and found myself getting upset when I did. It’s weird what emotions a bunch of pixelated zombies can give you, but Organ Trail captures that fantastically.

the men who wear many hatsAlong with the scavenging mini games, there are also other threats that you have to deal with. One of my favorite ones is wading through the horde of zombies set up like having to cross a river in Oregon Trail. There are also other small mini games like fixing your car and escaping from bike gangs.

Organ Trail, like the original Oregon Trail is super casual and easy to pick up and play. I ate lunch while I played and only had to put my fork down to shoot a zombie in the face. I can’t say that it’s super addicting, but it does carry a lot of nostalgia and that is a major pull to play this game.

While I don’t see myself playing Organ Trail more than once, I think it’s a game worth playing at least once. For only $5 on Steam, it’s not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Organ Trail is also available on iOS and Android for those of us that like a more mobile game. Personally, I think that this game is more suited for a mobile device, but I haven’t played it on one yet so I’m probably not a great source for that information.

Either way, check this one out and stick around to see if I actually complete my list of games for my ZOMBIIEEEEZ MONTH!

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