Parents' Guide to

The Trail

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lovely, engaging wilderness adventure with fiddly controls.

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This adventure game's wilderness setting sets it apart from the get-go, its flat colorful graphics are appealing, and its gradual progression outweighs the fiddly controls and occasional glitches. In The Trail players work their way up from gutsy explorer to successful citizen by turning raw materials into valuable inventory. They start by learning how to collect things like wood, stone, and animal skins. It sounds easy enough, but weather and hunger chip away at an explorer's stamina, and those not well-fed and clothed are in danger of collapsing on the trail and being robbed of their goods. Once established, players work together to expand their town and make it prosper. Several small issues keep it from being an unqualified success, including a pesky save issue (that only affects some players) and a set of reluctant swipe controls. Some may also feel the trader with specialty items who sometimes appears reinforces Asian stereotypes, though it's not a main part of the game. Still, it has tons of charm and a dry sense of humor in letters from home. And though it's far easier if you're willing to lay out some cash, its simple but entertaining formula minimizes the pain of no-pay play.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: November 3, 2016
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Publisher: Kongregate, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: October 21, 2019

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