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iPhone App of the Week: Oregon Trail?

Well, I have been slacking on my iPhone gaming, and the only game I played in the last 3 weeks was Oregon Trail, I know it may not be the best game out there, but I think it deserves a review so here it is.

Genre: Sim? (not sure, feel free to correct me)

Developer: Gameloft

MSRP: $5.99

Rating: 4+

Oregon trail for the iPhone is a slimmed down version of the classic Oregon trail series, with crisper, more cartoony graphics developed by Gameloft. It is a little pricey for an iPhone app a $5.99, but it is also a pretty robust “port.”

In Oregon Trial you, your wife, and 2 children are  on a journey to get to the west. Along the way you will encounter towns, forts, and trading posts. You will have to buy food, clothes, and all sorts of other supplies for your journey in these towns and forts. You will also encounter many mini games along the way including a wack-a-mole style hunting game, a memory game, fishing, and a Guitar Hero-ish wagon fixing game. Overall the games are actually quite fun.

Along the way you will encounter people who want you to give them rides, or accomplish certain goal (I even met Abe Lincoln [I don’t think he  was out west though]). There are some random events too, which will include bear attacks, hunts, indian attacks, fishing, and the occasional bald eagle that will abduct your kids.

The game does start to lose its appeal after a while, being very repetitive. Some of the Random events are stupid, and you have no way to prevent them (eagle abductions). I also found the map to be really hard to understand.

I really liked the new art direction, which was very appropriate for the iPhone. I liked being able to name your people, and choose their occupation, but neither had any practical in-game applications. It was a good iPhone game and had a good variety of mini games to keep you occupied for a while which is good.

Like I said it keeps you occupied for a while, but at such a steep price for an iPhone app I simply can not recommend this game. 

-Hope you enjoyed this rather unconventional iPhone app of the week, tell me if you would like to have the occasional “bad” app or if you would rather not have an iPhone app of the week every week, but have them all be “good”