Orion Trail is a Kickstarter staff pick from developer Schell Games, an indie studio founded in 2002. If the name sounds familiar, founder Jesse Schell has written some very popular books on game design. The company has worked on various games covering a multitude of genres. Orion Trail has them taking their design skills sci-fi once again for a single player space adventure coming to Windows, Mac and Linux.
Players take the role of the captain of a spaceship known as the Indestructible II, with the goal of exploring and ultimately surviving the Orion Trail. Players will pick officers and gear to go along with their captain. Each chosen character will have different stats, covering: offense, tactics, diplomacy, science and bravado. These different skillsets are all used at various points throughout the game, so stacking up in a singular skill will be detrimental to your journey.
And how exactly does the journey work? Well, the ‘Trail’ name should be familiar to most of us by this point. The Oregon Trail is one of the oldest games that a majority of people have played at some point, particularly those who were students in the 80s and 90s. Your ship heads through space from point to point, visiting other planets and systems, with random encounters interspersed. Instead of fording a river, you may meet an enemy alien AI system and be given your choice of options for moving past them. The success of these options is based on the combine skill amount applied to your chance from your crew’s stats.
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