Forum Viking wrote:Next, anyone remember Amazon Trail? That game was impossible, but it was the best of the series. The easiest was Yukon Trail; if you could make it past the border and the rapids you could probably beat that game. It was just a matter of how much gold you found when you got to Dawson City or where ever it ended. Oregon Trail (I think it was OT 2 or 3 by this time) wasn't too bad. But Amazon Trail? That game was practically in real-time! You had to drive your canoe all the way down from frickin' Belem to whatever Inca city it was that you were supposed to get to (no one remembers because no one ever got there). I even bought that game from one of those twice-a-year bookfairs we had, and even after hours at home I never beat it. It was great though - instead of hunting there was fishing (spearfishing actually, and it would tell you what kind of fish and how much it weighed when you caught it), and there were great perils you had to face like rapids, cannibals, and a bunch of historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt and de Aguirre you could talk to - which reminds me, not only were you traveling through the Amazon; you were traveling through time as well! That game was the shit, mystical panther and all.
Wholeheartedly agreed; Amazon Trail was the best one. Intricate and always interesting. (Okay, so it was also a total acid-trip. Who cares?) Collecting photographs of samples in the rainforest was a fun challenge, and the whole time-travel subplot was fascinating once you actually realised what was going on. I remember playing it for three hours once only to abruptly realise that I'd made a wrong turn on the river and had gone down some random estuary of the Xingu River or something. Who knew that the real-time canoeing directions actually had an effect like that?
I'm trying to remember the name of the final city in it. * racks brain * Vilcabamba, I think. I still miss the game, actually; I think I'll put it on the Games to Re-Purchase on CD on eBay and Beat Once I Have a Free Summer list. (Also includes The Learning Company's 'Treasure Cove'. I came within two rounds
of finishing constructing that darn Rainbow Bridge before our 486 crashed and lost all of my game files.)
Yukon Trail was fun for a few days. I found a CD of it a few years back and played it a couple of times. No. 1 Below Bonanza Creek for the win.
Anyone ever play MayaQuest? Impressive photography. Tough as heck, until you figured out that you could save the game before
checking your in-game messages (which inexplicably always ate up an incredible amount of your in-game time before the meteor hit), read them, and then go back to the saved game leaving them unread. Africa Trail was a weird one, too: more difficult than most of the rest, and not as entrancing. At least, that's what I found.
As for Oregon Trail, I only ever played II. Fun, though. (My elementary-school computer-applications teacher would always watch us hunting, put on a feigned pout, and say, "Oh, don't hurt the poor little animals!") Oh yeah, and love the comic, by the way.