GENRE: Historically Accurate 2D Shooter
GET IT HERE: Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (Steam)
So, back in the 80s, when I was but a wee lad in elementary school, I always enjoyed computer related clubs and activities when they were a thing. And there was one game that was EVERYONE’S jam back then. Oregon Trail. We lamented when we died of Dysentry. We cheered when we got lucky and found a random haul of loot we desperately needed. For many of us, this game was a part of our lives and conversations in and out of the computer lab. It was a game that taught us about risk vs reward, resource management, and planning.
Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is…None of this. It is however, clearly inspired by those days and brings us back to them with a very frantic and hilarious action focused take on the original Oregon Trail. Admittedly, this one’s a bit short, but to be fair, it’s a short game.
Rather than a lot of deep planning, you take a wagon with 3 pioneers and try to make it to the west while facing every form of opposition imaginable. Bison, bandits, erupting volcanoes, and a whole bunch of other nonsense. Random events still play a part in this, and can result in extra health for your group, or going into a completely off the walls path you wouldn’t expect and I don’t dare spoil. Let’s just say if you try to jump that first river, you might jump REALLY high.
So yeah, the gameplay and flow is pretty simple. You navigate your way through an area on your wagon or on foot, shooting at whatever threatens you. You eventually wind up making choices that result in branching level paths, fortunate (or worse, unfortunate!) events. Wash, rinse, and repeat until you either make it to the West or die. And then do it all over again. To spice things up however, you’ll often find powerups like new guns that temporarily increase your firepower as you deal with the many completely historically accurate threats those who journeyed to Oregon faced. I mean, roving bandits with miniguns were a thing you had to watch out for, right?
Graphically, it’s more akin to an Atari game with a slightly larger color palette, which is one thing I do fault it for. While it aims for the nostalgia of Oregon Trail, it doesn’t really get the look down, using very simple color schemes and sprites. I personally wish it had taken more inspiration from the version my generation played: the Apple IIGS version.
The music and sound are fine enough. Nothing to write home about, but they do their job. And when that’s the case, there’s not really much one can say beyond it.
Control wise, the game is simple, which works in its favor. You move, you shoot. And that’s all one can really ask for in a game like this: Do what you want it to do. And it does.
At the end of the day, it’s basically a 2D Shooter with an Oregon Trail flavor on it. But if you’re like me, and you enjoy a good, short shooting session and fondly remember those days of reaching Soda Springs with everyone alive? Yeah, you can’t really go wrong with this game at its asking price of $2.99 USD. Yeah, it’s a short, cheap game, so this is a short review. But it’s still a recommendation.