Peter Molyneux and his small development studio 22Cans have released their next game on iOS and Android: The Trail. Thijs has played the game and tells you all about this adventurous journey.
18-11-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Peter Molyneux is sort of a legend in the gaming industry. Not because he has made the world's greatest games, but because of his tendency to philosophize about what gaming as a medium should be and do. After working on Black & White, Godus and the Fable series, he joined the small development studio 22Cans. They created Curiosity (which involved thousands of players tapping away a total of 27,798,516,200 blocks on a cube) and two Godus games, which were relatively succesful in the mobile gaming market.
Now there's The Trail, which - in true Molyneux style - is a mix of several genres. At its heart it's a walking simulator. Because that's what you're doing mostly; walking along a path in an American Western environment. Along the way, you'll meet other travelers who will have quests for you and you can pick up items to turn into equipment through a crafting system that reminds us of Minecraft. You can then trade these items for new equipment that will help you along the way.
The controls are really simple. Swiping up will speed up your character, who walks/runs along a pre-set path through forests and across mountains and you can drag objects from the world into your backpack. All this is presented in a style that reminds us of Firewatch, or maybe even Zelda: The Wind Waker. The simple visual style fits the basic gameplay.
The Trail is free to download and free to play, but can buy 'Favours' or 'Offers' that will help you progress faster. Should you need any iTunes credit to buy these, you know where to find it!