Plot: What’s it about?
This game is awesome. Inspired by the classic The Oregon Trail, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure tasks you to survive treks across the untamed wilderness. The game shifts between various shooter styles, so some levels are side scrolling shumps and others are twin stick shooter experiences. The game randomly chooses the kind of levels you’ll face and believe me, there are some insane adventures in this one. Not content with bison or deer, the game tosses wolves, giant ants, piranha, and other off the wall enemies in your path. But you have access to all kinds of weapons, some more modern than others and in some cases, you can just run down your foes with the wagon. The game is simple to pick up, but can be brutal at times. So if the random levels are kind, you’ll progress well, but if not, your adventure could over in a flash. I love the random level selection and bite sized level approach, as it lets you pack each session with a lot of fun.
While Super Amazing Wagon Adventure will kick your ass over the prairie, it does give you some chances to upgrade your available tools. This comes in the form of weapon upgrades and unlockable wagons, both of which will provide you with a much needed boost in destruction. The wagons don’t just look different either, so if you want to experience the entire Super Amazing Wagon Adventure, make sure to always hunt down those upgrades. You’ll need them. The downside to this game is that success is often more dependent on luck than skill. This can be frustrating to say the least, especially since some of the enemies just seem to be impossible to overcome at times. The enemies will chase you down with relentless passion and even quick reflexes are not always enough to fend them off. But the insane sense of humor, randomly chosen adventures, and overall fun more than compensate for the crazy hard moments that pop up. So if you like unique games and want to have the most fun possible in a covered wagon, Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
The game’s visuals are Atari 2600 goodness, so yeah, this one is retro inspired. But the graphics never create any issues with the mechanics, as the designs are clear and well crafted. And running over animals, gunning down squirrels, and exploring caves all come across well here. In truth, the visuals serve the game perfectly, as it comes off like a twisted Atari game that was buried for decades and now unearthed. I love the visuals and the game really benefits from the visual design decisions.
Audio: How does it sound?
The sound design is basic and also retro, but again it works. This game doesn’t need an orchestral soundtrack or what not, the simple audio fits like a glove. The music is catchy and meshes with the chaos, while the sound effects do their job. Not the kind of audio that reinvents the wheel, but an appropriate and effective soundtrack.