Dare to travel the absurd and dangerous Orion Trail, where only the luckiest, bravest, and most stubborn captains will make it all the way to the end. Become famously incredible or incredibly dead in this single player choose-your-own-space-adventure!
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Mostly Positive (105 reviews) - 72% of the 105 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 12, 2015

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Dare to travel the absurd and dangerous Orion Trail, where only the luckiest, bravest, and most stubborn captains will make it all the way to the end. Come face the terrible and weird Synapsion Brain Beast. Cower before the pedantic might of Baxxtor the Instructor. Submit to the overwhelming cuteness of the three eyed Warp Weasel. Become famously incredible or incredibly dead!

Ultra Cool Space Features

  • A high-stakes and hilarious journey through the strange, stupid and terrifying locales of the Orion Trail!
  • Choose your crew, name them after your friends, and watch them die! Heroically! Or, you know, maybe they’ll survive. Anything can happen!
  • Tons of random encounters, each with a variety of options and outcomes. You’ll probably never encounter the same thing twice! You might, though.
  • Away Missions! Send an Officer (with a few of your invaluably expendable Redshirts) into the fray. The rewards are great, but so is the risk…
  • Carefully manage your Resources: Food, Fuel, Hull, and Redshirts. Curse loudly as they’re whittled away.
  • Play to your strengths! Each captain, and officer provide different bonuses to increase your chances of success.
  • Succumb to the chaos of the Probability Drive. You can rely on your Crew’s abilities, but there are no certainties in space.
  • Chiptune soundtrack by Rainbow Kitten.
  • Gorgeous retro pixel art.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics Memory and Directx 9.0c Compatible gpu
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X: 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics Memory
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse Required
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 (and newer)
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Graphics Memory
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard sound card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse Required
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Mostly Positive (105 reviews)
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Trusslefits
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Love this game. Sometimes feels random but love the stories and references and you go through it. Worth it if looking for a fun game to take your mind elsewhere.
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DragonElderX9
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
It's like Oregon Trail, but in space! It has great writing, fantastic music, and the RNG will ♥♥♥♥ you in the ♥♥♥ so much that even Sandra Romain will be jealous!...she's a pornstar...anal.
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Nutlaw
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Not a very complex game, but a very amusing one! Sort of like FTL if you didn't have to worry about controlling any of the fights or guys running around in your ship and with more text-based options. The music is retro and has a Maniac Mansion feel to it. Quick, easy, and fun.
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lcthurston
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
This retro title is full of detail, and Schell Games have created a bizarre and clever universe for players to explore. Some players may find being at the mercy of the digital dice roll frustrating. For others, every small victory against the probability drive is thrilling and as the odds stack against you, it becomes even more fun. The random nature of the game ensures players can enjoy themselves, even on their 50th mission. Overall, Orion Trail is a lot of fun and a must play for those yearning for retro adventure gaming.

Read the full review: https://dvsgaming.org/game-review-orion-trail/
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Reckless
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Product received for free
This game is a somewhat witty take on the ever-venerable Oregon Trail. You travel from node to node, trying to reach a final objective, and the game throws random encounters and events at you. The best parts? One, you have redshirts as a resource and not as part of your crew, and two, you can still die of space dysentery.

I received a free copy of this game at PAX East, but I would definitely recommend buying it when you have the chance.
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Tri-M
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Do you like the 'Oregon trail'? ... and the 'Organ trail'?
Would you like to do that in space? Then you'll enjoy this, while it lasts.
I've clocked up 5 hours and done most of what there is to see and enjoyed my time with it.


Ok and now the bad. This game relies on stats and RNG, unless you are challenging yourself to some weird build, the best bet is to pick 2-4 stats and raise them as high as you can. This is the biggest weakness of the game. If there was a mini game or 2 thrown I think this game would be a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

If the Dev does read this why not ...
  • add some silly mini games like Asteroids, Space Invaders, Dating Sim, may be some shooting away missions?
  • maybe have different ships that give you bonuses (different max stats, or usage, more or less officers)
  • endless mode (space station ships/missions come to you and you pick the ones to do and/or order do them in)
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shadizar
( 206.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Fun way to kill some time, and lots of redshirts. I like the writing, too. I do wish that the spinner for success/fail would not be so time consuming (maybe I missed a way to skip it). Pretty happy with it overall.
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Sparky
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Okay, so loads of people are complaining about the RNG. That's not why you play this game. The main attraction is the incredible, witty, extremely hilarious writing. You just need to know why you're playing it, and it breaks down like this:

Every encounter has five ways to approach it: Attack, Tactics, Diplomacy, Science, and Bravado.
Every approach has four possible outcomes: Success, Fail, Critical Success, Critical Fail.

So there are 20 outcomes to each encounter, and there are hundreds of encounters. So far, almost every single line has had me in stitches. So this is what the game is.

The game is you trying to discover each line of dialogue. I hope I have made this decision easier for you!

(seriously, I haven't played a game this funny in years)
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(DPG) AkaJacob
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This game has its pros and it's cons, lets start out with the pros

Pros:

-Great Art Style And Animations

-Great Humor

-Good Stats System


Cons:

-Mostly Luck Based

-No Minigames (Hunting and ETC)

-All levels seem mostly the same

Overall I played this and had alot of fun, although I don't think i'll play this much more again, but I'm sure there is other people out there who will enjoy this more. Since I got the game for free and I got to meet the devs of this game this review may be a bit biased but even without that if you're willing to pay 10 dollars then I think most people will enjoy this game.



7/10 : Average

-AkaJacob
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harper.buonanno
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
This game suffers from a great deal of RNG and has very little in the way of meaningful strategy. The only real decision-making in the game is choosing between a list of a few options at each node. Usually, it is advantageous to choose the option for which you have the highest corresponding stat bonus. Sometimes, it might make more sense to choose a lesser bonus if it gives a resource that you need badly. But after you hit the probabilitty drive button, you can't control the outcome. Rolling a critical failure when you have a +8 bonus, meaning that all other outcomes would be sucessful, is a horrible feeling. There's nothign you can do as a player to mitigate the outcome. It's possible to lose horribly in a given playthough and then make all the same decisions next time and be sucessful. IMO this is bad game design because it removes all agency on the part of the player. Because of the limited opportunity for player interaction, you feel as though you're along for the ride instead of actively participating. Orion trail is an initially fun distraction with a quirky style and sense of humor that quickly wears thin as the game mechanics are laid bare.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Not a very complex game, but a very amusing one! Sort of like FTL if you didn't have to worry about controlling any of the fights or guys running around in your ship and with more text-based options. The music is retro and has a Maniac Mansion feel to it. Quick, easy, and fun.
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97 of 124 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
Randomness, randomness and more randomness. I felt while playing this game that I wasn't so much actually PLAYING the game as just sharing the Orion Trail experience, because from beginning to end, the game is basically pure luck. You choose from random sets of crewmen presented to you, to give you certain stats, and that's about all you do to influence how the session goes. I mean, you can pick your path in which systems to move towards, and whether or not to stop at certain things, I suppose, but it's not much of a choice, because in any given thing, you have no real control over your consequences.

There are no upgrades to purchase to make you more likely to succeed. Your crew's stats can go up or down at a whim, as random events between nodes tick these abilities up or down with no input from you. The time honored tradition of visiting tombstones from previous playthroughs on games like Oregon Trail is doable here, but even doing THIS can cause an utterly random stat raise or decrease. Even what skills you use during a particular incident is entirely random most of the time; You can push up and specialize in a particular stat only to be presented with an event that doesn't allow you to use that stat. Even the -rewards or penalties- can be randomized in many events.

Perhaps in some games, all of this randomness wouldn't be a problem. Orion Trail tries to allieviate things a bit with its quirky and outlandish dialogue, and it works for a time. However, said dialogue runs out too quickly, frequently recycled every playthrough. Given you need to play through the game multiple times to unlock the content... this is a rather serious thing. Also not present is any sense of fairness. On any given random event, no matter how good you are in the stat, you have the chance to critically fail, and the critical failure events are so harsh that just one of them can completely break your run, often completely exhausting a vital resource. Critical successes, on the other hand, while certainly nice, do not give you things on quite the same scale. Furthermore, it's almost impossible to recover from a critical failure because your rewards are often given randomly as well, and you can't just complete events that'll raise the thing the Critical Failure took from you, because the opportunities are just not given.

All and all, I'd go as far to say that the game is 100% Pure Luck in whether you succeed or not, and there's not enough dialogue in the game to make playing such a ludicrously random game worth your while. Stick to FTL for your starship piloting dreams.
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65 of 91 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 20, 2015
I played this game for 28 minutes. Enough time for two run-throughs. Time-wise, that was exactly what I was looking for in a game like this. I loved Organ Trail, even though I've only played it for 7 hours or so. I really enjoyed that game and was looking for something similar. This game was not it.

The problem with this game is it feels like soul-less RNG. There are no interesting decisions. Even picking your crew, you need to specialize to get the highest number possible in one category or another, meaning choosing a captain with a skill of 3, and a crew member with a skill of 2, with as much overlap in the same skill as possible, is a no-brainer. Combat basically amounts to rolling a die. Nothing you do can manipulate those odds. Planet exploration is the only interesting part of the game, but just barely. It amounts to a simple "press your luck" decision game. You can choose the path your spaceship takes, like sometimes... but the only decision there is to go to which resource you need most. And if the resource on both ends of the branch is the same, is that really much of a decision? You have no idea what sort of RNG event is going to happen or affect it in any way, so yeah... boring. By contrast, Organ Trail had lots of action-RPG events where you get rewarded for skillful gameplay and are constantly making decisions that affect your success.

In the end, this game plays itself. You're just there to watch and click buttons when necessary. No strategy. No tactics. Nothing. Really wanted to like this game. Didn't.
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
Game was going alright so far. Had a great run going, 3/4 of the way through then BAM, one bad roll and the enter run was deleted. I want to like this game so very much, but the amount of punishment on the negative rolls is huge compared to the reward. Also the inability to anything to change the gameplay besides stack the odds as best you can leaves me feeling very powerless to do much as a player other than click through the menus and hope for the best. As it currently stands, I can't really recommend the game unless someone is looking to while away a couple of hours doing something else and listening to the nice soundtrack while clicking around the game and enjoying the very good pixel art.

If the gameplay was as good as the art and soundtrack, I'd easily give this game 10/10. As it currently stands though, the gameplay is lacking and the dice rolls are too punishing to even let this be an enjoyable distraction. The game is trying to be difficult like oregon trail, but it doesn't reward the player for doing anything right. This means the only thing you can do as a player is min/max and hope for the best. If that appeals to you, click away, but I need some more reward for spending time with the game and learning the system. Therefore I can't recommend the game in it's current state.
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30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
I'm glad I bought this game on sale, because I've seen everything it had to offer right at the two-hour mark aside from some crew members; I've played through all the galaxies in three-and-a-half hours. Planetary missions consist of four different missions so get ready for those to get stale quickly. In fact, all the events repeat very often.
Good animations, but unfortunately they're constrained to a tiny window at the bottom of the screen. There were some funny moments, but they don't stay funny after the first time you've seen them. Get ready to feel burnt out on reading.
Maybe if they flesh out the game in the future I'll change my opinion, but just not feeling it's worth the money at this time.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 25, 2015
I've been looking forward to this game since I backed it on Kickstarter. In it's current form I can't recomend it. If you're looking for a game to simply click through and enjoy the story and sci-fi references then you might enjoy it. I was hoping it would be stronger on gameplay. Perhaps more will be added and I can update this.

My chief complaint is that it feels like an unfinished FTL clone. Choices made in the game don't seem to matter much. There is no playable combat to speak of. You can run out of food entirely but somehow finish the mission with everyone dead on board. And this might just be me, but the icons for food and fuel really bother me. A burger and jerry-can don't feel very sci-fi.
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
While I love the art and the general theme of the game, it's pretty brutal in terms of RNG. I've been watching these devs play it every Friday for the past few months on their livestream and I've never seen the kind of RNG I've been getting. Even when the rolls are about 50/50, I end up losing pretty badly. So, while it's a fun game to watch, so far it's pretty frustrating to play simply because it seems like you can never get a break.
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
Sadly disappointing.

I was a backer of this game and had high hopes for it. Sure, the art is nice, the sound and music are well made but the core gameplay is flawed in my opinion.

I start a new run hopeful and eager to find new fun and/or silly events and just end up within 10 jumps being bored and disappointed in every single one of them as I sit there with +6 in a stat and still get a skull.

RNG is fine, but the way this game handles it decidedly ♥♥♥♥s your "tactical" choices over so you don't even care any more. After which I start skipping through options again out of a lack of will to care what I'm reading any longer as the gameplay ruins any reason for me to read it anymore.

The core random rolling mechanic of the game is broken and needs a rework, its current state means you leave each encounter with a 90% chance of resounding disappointment and a game beating you down THAT much should at least have some reward at the end, but even that is insubstantial at best.
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 26, 2015
I never thought I'd write a review about a game complaining about its RNG... I was wrong.

The game takes the Oregon Trail formula and adds a hilarious sci-fi theme over top. That's about the only positive thing I can say about the game.

Your choices don't matter. You just tell the game which adventure you choose and it rolls the dice. The only strategy involved is trying to stack a certain stat to make the dice rolls more favorable.

I would fail more often than not, even with the odds ridiculously stacked in my favor. I'm not sure if RNGesus has just forsaken me or if their random numbers aren't really that random.

This game has an amusing concept, but as a game it's boring and frustrating.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!

Think of it as a choose your own adventure novel filled with nods to the sci fi genre. Each point in space offers multiple ways of handling the situation. Each way can result in 4 different narrative paths. The situations repeat often. Choosing different options and having the RNG spit out different results will keep repeating stories fresh. I often found myself speeding through dialog I'd seen before until I branched into a new result.

You choose your crew who each have a few points toward 5 different attributes. These attributes give you a better chance at getting a positive result in the RNG. Focusing on 2 of the 5 attributes seems to work well.

There is some resource management. It boils down to "Hey, we're low on fuel. Let's choose the get fuel option."

The humor is stupendous. The music and sound effects are charming.

If you're looking for a low brain power time waster, look no further.
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