Today’s Way Back Wednesday game has a small * at the end of it, because it’s a variation of a game I played when I was very young. I’m sure that a good majority of you can relate when I say that most of the time that was spent in a computer lab during school was spent playing Oregon Trail. Oregon Trail was an old PC game that taught you history while letting your hunt animals and burying your friends after they died of dysentery. The game always took longer than our class time, so whoever finished their work first would grab the only copy of the game and play as long as they could. The variation of the game is also a play on words. Instead of the state of Oregon being in the title, it is replaced with Organ which is inside your body.
The game plays the same, but instead of a horse and carriage your driving around in a station wagon. You and a party of your choosing have to fight hordes of zombies, scavenge for food and do odd jobs to get supplies. Having a car means you have to have gas, and most of the time you’ll be cutting rations to make sure you have enought fuel. Because you are encountering zombies there will be casualties, where you will have to put a bullet in the head of an infected party. The only sad part about this is that you don’t get to lay down a grave for them, you just leave.
The look, feel and sounds of the game are enough to make anyone depressed. No one is happy and every place you visit is rundown and filled with scared people. The equivilant of hunting is scaveging, but you still get to shoot zombies. Some zombies take two shots, but most of them only take one. There is a slight reload time, so once you shoot you better move. Like in the original game, I didn’t make it that far because the whole world is against you. But, if you did make it across the ruins of America and ended up living in fear your whole like, would you really consider that winning?
The game is available through Steam, but you can play a free version here