Happy Anti-Christmas!

Or whatever the hell it is today’s supposed to be about. I carved a pumpkin and went to a shop with some cobwebs in the window. Is that suitably Halloweenoriffic for you?

Oh, and I also played The Organ Trail – which, as the name suggests, is a remake of The Oregon Trail, but neatly documenting a deadly drive to apparent safe haven during a zombie apocalypse. Time, food, fuel, ammo and medicine are survival mainstays as in the original telling, but the Romerian narrative fits this perfectly. You’ll like this one – go forth and drive through the walking dead, you wretched human survivor, you.

You have died of dysentery, then come back to life and eaten your wife’s brains.

Thanks, Craig


  1. robrob says:


  2. Craig Stern says:

    You’re welcome!

  3. malkav11 says:

    Neat idea, but the execution needs work – it’s not really very fun to play and the scavenging minigame in particular is kind of a bash-your-head-against-the-wall sort of affair. Fortunately, it does say it’s in beta, so maybe down the road…

    • bob_d says:

      Very much like the game it was based on…
      One thing I did notice was that I couldn’t scavenge anything but food in the mini-game, regardless of what items I picked up. In fact, you can’t scavenge either money or fuel at all, it seems… so of course I ran out of both money and fuel at the same time. (I started with more than enough fuel for the whole trip but lost much of it due to mysterious fires and frequent leaks.)

    • malkav11 says:

      Actually, hunting for food in Oregon Trail was much more worthwhile than scavenging is in this game. (And that’s before it got ridiculously easy in later Oregon Trail versions with mouse-click shooting.) The reason is pretty simple. In Oregon Trail, you’re shooting your food, so any time anything comes on screen, all you have to do is shoot it and you’re good to go. This is admittedly somewhat tricky with the small, fast animals, but then they’re not worth much anyway. In Organ Trail, scavenging requires you to walk to the randomly placed food spawn. This is not necessarily possible, zombies or no, depending on where you are relative to the food spawn. Complicate matters with zombies, and you’re basically fucked.

      Also, logically speaking you should be able to find stuff other than food when scavenging, but cannot. Oh well.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Didn’t seem buggy to me, I thought that only being able to scavange food was kind of the point, so you had to trade it for other stuff of worth first. Also, all the pickups are food related: grocery bag, cart thingy, tin can, “Bag Of F”®.

  4. Brumisator says:

    Having never actually played oregon trail, I’m intrigued.

  5. Vodkarn says:

    I had a blast, and was so pissed when the character named after my girlfriend ‘disappeared’ 4 HOURS before I completed the game. The only things I noted as odd I think were from Oregon Trail, such as bullets being insanely numerous, and cars almost never breaking down. Also, how the fuck do you REPEATEDLY set fires in a car?! I lost like 250 dollars to fires!

  6. Foxfoxfox says:

    Injurously Dull!

    A bit like to original then.

  7. Sunjumper says:

    The most amusing part was that after naming the five surviours after the RPS team, the very first thing that happened was that Kieron left the team.


  8. Kid A says:

    I ran into the corpses of two guys called peperoni and chees. Blew their reanimated heads off.
    Took too much fuel, not enough food. We all starved, made it 1,800ish miles.

  9. Ed says:

    Moderately distracting for an hour or so, if too easy.

    Needs a high score system that doesn’t require you to use Facebook, though.

  10. Brumisator says:

    I suppose that if you’re stuck in a computer lab in the 1980s and have to decide between oregon trail and schoolwork, you might as well play oregon trail.

    If you’re in 2010 and have access to the internet, you can play this nostalgia fest, watch videos, read RPS, play real games, play flash games, look for porn, browse for lolcats, etc.
    Times are not what they used to be.

    • Ed says:

      Ah but thanks to tabbed browsing you can do all of the above, while playing this!

    • Jugglenaut says:


      That’s exactly what I did. I even started laundry and let it run. Love 2010.

    • Pew says:

      Haha, I went to grab my laundry and hung it to dry. Quit in Dallas though, nothing was really happening and I had thought I reached the west coast by then.

  11. Andy Krouwel says:

    Either the high score table’s broken, or I’m the best IN THE WORLD.

    I go for the former.

  12. Supraliminal says:

    Managed to pull it through. 241 hours of intense suspense and resource management.
    Mike died weakened by the mysterious G_virus, but the rest of us, tired and starved, made it.

    I have never played the original Oregon trail, but this made me want to.

    • Wahngrok says:

      Yeah, the G-Virus got one of my crew members as well. I did it in 331 hours with 2015 points. Although I played with the (presumabbly) easiest character I don’t know whether I can bring myself to play again…

    • stahlwerk says:

      A clerk from Jersey named Jay (shush! I know, but I couldn’t remember Dante’s name) was the sole survivor, earning 1000 points upon his arrival in Oregon.
      First victim was Pete who just went off one night and couldn’t be found in the morning.
      Paula was the second to go, had all her extremities broken over the course of the game and then died of dysentery (The only true way to die in Or*n Trail).
      Bob and Annie died simultaneously en route to Salt Lake City, G-Virus and “A Fever”, respectively.
      On the last leg a thief stole 7 of 7.25 tanks of gas, which almost destroyed Jays last hopes, but he was able to trade the 120 oz. of food for 5 gas tanks. In the middle of nowhere, during the Zombie apocalypse. Fun game. The allusions to the original are spot on.

  13. anduin1 says:

    someone save me! There’s a bunch of zombies (or something like that) outside my door yelling for Twix, Oh Henry’s and Smarties…and brains.

  14. GamerV says:

    Finished with 2427 points, all alive.. What a terrible, slow and tedious game. Ugh. Guess sometimes seeing a number going down is enough…

  15. TheLordHimself says:

    Everywhere ran out of pumpkins so here is a photo of my Halloween Colonel Mustard Carved Melon Lantern:

    link to img530.imageshack.us

    I think it worked out OK.

  16. Schmung says:

    I got somewhere past Dallas before running out of fuel and food. Never played the original, so had way too much ammo and not enough everything else.

  17. Lambchops says:

    Freezes when I try to enter names, though from the sounds of it i’m not missing much.

  18. MrEvilGuy says:

    pffff I made a better unfinished game in grade 9.
    link to gamemakergames.com

  19. MrEvilGuy says:

    seriously, Don’t play this game… I’m kind of pissed that I wasted 30 minutes on that.

  20. Nyst says:

    Is it broken? I’m playing on my laptop right now, and it won’t accept input, numeric or otherwise. I’ve tried the normal number keys, the numeric keys, checked num lock, tried shift and shift lock both…nothing seems to work. Anyone else have this issue?

    • stahlwerk says:

      Let me guess: MacBook (Pro/Air), Safari 4.0? There appear to be problems with the Flash plugin in this browser that prohibit most games from polling the input devices. Or somesuch. Quick fix: use Chrome, Opera or Firefox for flash games.

      Apple sabotaging an Adobe product by artificially crippling its usefulness? Honi soit qui mal y pense!

    • Nyst says:

      I’m using Vista and Firefox here, so that’s not it.

  21. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Ah, this brought back font memories. I remember almost never managing to finish Oregon Trail, as I always chose to take the raft down the stream in the “action sequence” instead of paying for a ferry. And inevitably I would hit a rock and the whole wagon would be lost.

    So far this has seemed easier, but then I’ve only got to the Strip Club after 3,600 miles.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Hooray, I finally reached Oregon. 281 hours at a grueling pace on meagre rations to cover over 6,000 miles, with only one guy dead. And I didn’t like him anyway. Total score: 2,050.

  22. Phasma Felis says:

    Would’ve been more fun if they’d made some effort to actually adapt the original, instead of just copy-and-pasting the original gameplay with new text and graphics. When one of my passengers broke her arm an hour into the journey, inside a station wagon, and then recovered fully by sundown, I knew there wasn’t much going on here.

    Well, the website implies they plan to do that later. Should’nt’ve bothered even releasing in this state.

  23. SpinalJack says:

    Good game, on par with this one

    link to ludumdare.com

  24. panther says:

    The minigames need work.

  25. Lord Huggington says:

    I thought anti-Christmas was Festivus… O_o

  26. Chris says:

    Couldn’t get past the scavenging, no matter what I picked, even if it was Gas, I apparently needed Gas again.

  27. _Jackalope_ says:

    Since I was working while everyone else was getting an extra hour in bed, I used the time wisely and played this. I took too much ammo, but it came in handy to fight off zeds while scavving for the food. Still got to Oregon with 500 bullets left! Had 9 cans of fuel left too. Only lost one tyre and muffler and had two spares. One of my group walked off after only 20 miles. Didn’t lose another until just before Vegas, died from exhaustion. Made there with myself and two others. Played as a Clerk. I liked it, a lot of fun. Very tense. Didn’t have too many scares really, I spent the nights resting which dragged the trip out and managed to sneak past the two hoards I did encounter. Only bug I had was that I couldn’t see my progress on the map so had to rely on my very limited knowledge of US geography to figure out how I was doing!

  28. Samattack says:

    Doesn’t work on AZERTY keyboards

  29. Koojav says:

    Zombies again, srsly ?

  30. Acosta says:

    That was fun, my policeman managed to arrive without problems with all the team even if I run out of money and fuel. I managed to survive scavenging for food and trading until I could get the fuel to keep going.

  31. Jack says:

    So I spend all my time managing these little bars to keep all my guys happy and healthy, and then a message pops up to tell me that one of them has just randomly wandered off and didn’t come back?

    Organ traaaaaaaaaaaaaail!

  32. MrFake says:

    Tits McGee and I made it to Oregon alive, together. That’s all that matters.

  33. Mahmoth says:

    Damnit, why are all these people obsessed with mufflers? Every single trader I come across wants a muffler and nothing else.

  34. sbs says:

    man how long is this game