The Trail is a new game from Kongregate that was soft-launched unexpectedly without any pre-release hype. This quite arrival surprised everyone, but сame to the majority’s taste, especially as there were no high hopes beforehand. The Trail turned out to be a solid adventure game with an engaging storyline. You travel, make a fortune trading and crafting and help to build a new thriving town. Graphics 4,5/5 The Trail’s characteristic feature is its animation. The game’s graphicRead full review
The Trail is a new game from Kongregate that was soft-launched unexpectedly without any pre-release hype. This quite arrival surprised everyone, but сame to the majority’s taste, especially as there were no high hopes beforehand. The Trail turned out to be a solid adventure game with an engaging storyline. You travel, make a fortune trading and crafting and help to build a new thriving town.
The Trail’s characteristic feature is its animation. The game’s graphics have their unique style for sure. Over the course of your journey, you’ll enjoy a variety of beautiful and appeasing views: you’ll walk through thick woods with trees casting a shadow and sunbeams shining through the twigs, climb the snow-covered hills, wander along the narrow paths running among the expansive lakes.
However, there are some issues: some actions are more challenging than they could be due to the sometimes awkward design decisions.
A bit angular visuals add oddity and singularity, pastels and browns in the color scheme and marvelous views of nature bring calmness. The graphics style choice makes the gaming experience truly relaxing, as the picture is pleasing to the eye and your eyes don’t get tired even after hours of playing.
You begin your journey on the coasts of the New World with a backpack and a to-do-list. You have a list of big goals like to make a fortune, to settle in a new town or pursue a career and you’ll make a ton of small steps to fulfil them. There are bits of humor in the conversations with other players and the character’s letters to the family. The game has its flaws: there are several bugs, that hopefully will be fixed with the future updates. Items descriptions are sometimes useless and misleading.
The main gameplay mechanics are walking. Your character moves automatically and you control the speed. You can wander slowly or run, but consider that your energy isn’t limitless. You never know how much you’ll manage to obtain within given area, for example, the frozen district is deficient on the provision, so it’s best to conserve character’s energy. As you walk, you move the camera and explore the surroundings, spotting the resources scattered about the areas. To collect twigs, apples, rabbit fur, etc., you just drag the items into your knapsack. Your backpack has limited room in it, so you’ll need to gather wisely, prioritize and rearrange the items you are carrying when it’s full. There are other players, so you have to be fast enough to collect objects before them. When the stamina meter is low the characters can pass out right in the middle of the road. And an interesting twist occurs here, some kind of morality check, as you can steal from the helpless unconscious travelers.
The stamina system makes you manage your speed, the weight of your backpack and food ingestion so that you can get to the next camp. You recharge your health in those camps, craft items from your objects selection and trade with other players in the form of a mini-game, so you can lighten your load and get extra cash. You can craft a wide range of things from clothes to sculptures. Clothes can improve your stamina and increase walking speed. Shirts, skirts and pants can also serve you as an extra storage place thanks to the pockets. Your crafting ability boosts as you complete different tasks from a non-playable character Beatrice and her bird Koko.
Gameplay also includes some resource-collecting mini-games. If you have the required tools, you can participate in those games along the way, chopping the wood or slingshotting the beavers.
Finally, you’ll make your way to the town of Eden Falls. You buy a house here and choose a profession. Together with your neighbours you continue to collect items and also gold to build new buildings, like a shop, bank, even a town hall, and to upgrade your own house. By the way, you can steal from your neighbours too. Besides contributing to the city’s growth and flourishing, you can still set off to new adventures beyond the borders of your hometown.
The controls are responsive and intuitive. The interface is completely designed for touch screens, so the whole controlling experience s tapping, dragging and swiping. There are no lags, the controls are smooth and straightforward.
Replay Value 5/5
The gameplay is really engaging. You can easily spend hours and hours wandering, exploring, collecting and unlocking new items, learning to craft and upgrading your town. Simple controls that let you go through the game using one thumb makes the game even more addictive. Besides, there is no end point for now. You can travel and collect limitless, and there is always more items to discover and more objects to craft. So you’ll return to the game again and again.
Though there are no usual play-limiting traps, like downtime or energy meters, which can accompany free-to-play games, one disappointing issue is present in The Trail. The game has a premium currency, called “favours” and you can gain it only through in-app purchase. This currency lets you buy better equipment and items that can’t be obtained by no other means.
The Trail is a free-to-play relaxing and refreshing mix of traveling, exploration, collecting and crafting. It is incredibly engaging and addictive, has broad gameplay with tons of items, locations and aims and all in all, has more depth than you would expect from this kind of game. We recommend you to give The Trail a try and ensure you won’t regret making this download.
A great engaging game with lots of various aspects gameplay-wise, smooth controls, the wide selection of items to collect, mini-games, interactions with non-playable characters and a whole lot more fun stuff.
Pros : Engaging and addictive broad gameplay;
Wide range of collectable items;
Lots of objects to craft;
Free to play;
Beautiful visuals of the surroundings to explore.
Cons : Premium currency available only through IAPs;
Questionable interactions with other travelers and neighbours;
Replay Value 5.0