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Alderaan Trail

Posted By Ken Gagne On Sep 20, 2010 @ 1:23 pm In Game trail,Software showcase | Comments Disabled

Oregon Trail, having recently enjoyed a successful film adaptation [1], is now being adapted to a variety of other media. The first is a mashup with another storied film franchise [2]:

Alderaan Trail Shoppe [3]
But I was going to Tosche Station for some power converters!
Image copyright Matt Marchini.

Sadly, this is one of several pictures that are not screen shots from an actual game, but mockups of a theoretical one. From the photo album's description [3]:

A long time ago in a galaxy pretty far away… As a galactic civil war rages on, the escalating violence in your system has reached new heights. Seeking a better life you and a small band of compatriots set out on a perilous journey to find a new home. Alderaan, a small blue planet know for it's civility ( it is said by many that they have no weapons) would make the perfect retreat for your loved ones hoping to avoid Imperial entanglements. Untold danger awaits you on… THE ALDERAAN TRAIL.

A version that's closer to the original in setting but a far cry in genre is So Long, Oregon! [4] for iOS [5]. Here's a trailer [6] for this side-scrolling shooter:

Also available for the iPhone is Oregon Trail itself, which was reviewed in the March 2010 issue of Juiced.GS [7]. More affordably, if you want to play a modern retelling, check out Thule Road Trip [8] online, as detailed in my KansasFest 2009 presentation [9].

In whatever era or medium you play this classic game, you'll likely find it harder than you remember. Rather than mourn your inevitable failure, celebrate that you were able to experience even a fraction of the glorious Oregon Trail:

epic fail photos - Cake WIN [10]

(Hat tip to Bob's House [11] of Video Games [12])

Alderaan [13], Alderaan Trail [14], gaming [15], Oregon Trail [16], Star Wars [17]

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URLs in this post:

[1] a successful film adaptation: http://www.apl2bits.net/2010/08/09/oregon-trailer/

[2] another storied film franchise: http://www.showbits.net/category/star-wars/

[3] Image: http://picasaweb.google.com/mattmarchini/TheAlderaanTrail#

[4] So Long, Oregon!: http://solongoregon.captain-games.com/

[5] iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/app/so-long-oregon/id384238167

[6] Here's a trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zVmW4NYkwE

[7] the March 2010 issue of Juiced.GS: http://juiced.gs/issuelinks/v15i1/

[8] Thule Road Trip: http://www.thuleroadtrip.com/thule_trail/thuleTrail.html

[9] my KansasFest 2009 presentation: http://www.apl2bits.net/2010/07/05/classic-gaming-inspirations/

[10] Image: http://failblog.org/2010/08/24/epic-fail-photos-cake-win-2/

[11] Bob's House: http://bobshouseofvideogames.com/2010/08/05/video-game-lols-the-alderaan-trail/

[12] Video Games: http://bobshouseofvideogames.com/2010/08/24/funny-game-videos-move-over-oregon-trail/

[13] Alderaan: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/alderaan/

[14] Alderaan Trail: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/alderaan-trail/

[15] gaming: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/gaming/

[16] Oregon Trail: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/oregon-trail/

[17] Star Wars: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/star-wars/

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