The New World awaits in The Trail, a long and addictive game about guiding your settler through unfamiliar territory. Can you find your fortune in this new land?
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|Name of the App||The Trail|
|Platform(s)||Android, iPhone, Tablet|
|App Cost||Free (Offers In-App Purchases)|
|Google Play Rating||4.4|
|Age Group||Google Play: Teen|
|Gambling Content||No Gambling Content in Game Play|
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Despite The Trail taking part in the New World, aka the Americas back in olden times, it is a surprisingly relaxing game. Players need only swipe their thumbs left or right in order to explore this beautiful game. It is incredibly stylized and a real joy to explore. Most of the game will be spent finding new locations, learning new crafts and trades and attempting to make your fortune in the New World. The Trail is a simulation game but has a good bit of strategy to it, as players can meet with various parties, gather items and even join a town to help advance story elements and work together cooperatively with other townsfolk.
The Trail takes a lot of elements from the original The Oregon Trail, which was surprisingly revolutionary for its time. Unlike The Oregon Trail, however, The Trail is much more relaxed and fair in its random number generator and results from various encounters.
There’s really not much to dislike about The Trail. It still has the occasional bug here and there, but the developers are working consistently on fixing them and applying patches. There are some in-app purchases for players, but they are not necessary to enjoy the game fully.
Art and Sound Design
The Trail has a great overall presentation. The art is simply beautiful, no questions asked, and combined with the smooth animations and music it makes The Trail feel almost otherworldly. It really adds to that relaxing atmosphere mentioned earlier and allows players to sort of just become lost in the game at will. Each area is designed beautifully and the attention to detail on the models and backgrounds works quite well.
Overall, The Trail is an interesting and even refreshing addition to the simulation genre. It’s bright, beautiful art, wonderful sound design and interesting gameplay all make it one of the most relaxing and addictive simulation games out there to date. It is extremely easy to sink into and spend hours hunting, collecting, exploring and learning your trade to build your fortune in the New World. The reward is always so tantalizing and the story elements make it continuously interesting instead of a boring grind-fest like most RPGs and Simulation games tend to start out as. The Trail is an enjoyable and long experience that is well worth sinking time into playing for fans of simulation games, relaxing games, and possibly even the original The Oregon Trail game. Whether it is a tribute to The Oregon Trail or not can be debated, but it being a good game is much harder to debate