The Trail, the cel-shaded hiking simulator which hit mobiles last year, has received the Steam treatment.
The game, created by 22cans (that game studio founded by Peter “Dungeon Keeper” Molyneux), has been updated with all new features ready for this bigger-scale release.
The game has been available on Android and iOS since late 2016 and received a mixed bag of reviews. Some players, like myself, were never entirely sure what we were supposed to be doing…
You now get the chance to re-live the joys of sitting around a campfire, filling your backpack with useless crap, and walking past squirrels!
For starters, the game gets the funky suffix “Frontier Challenge” for this release.
The new version introduces bonus challenges, professions with skill tree upgrades once you reach the main township, and now the weather can affect your progress through the world.
Aside from that, the game looks suitably shiny and pretty for wider screens, and comes with 25 Steam achievements to work through, plus it’s on Steam so…. good news for anyone without a big enough Steam library.
Who is this release for?
This does, however, lead me to ask: who is this release aimed at?
The mobile version has been downloaded by several hundred thousand players, which provided a particular quick-play experience, but never felt like a truly “whole” game. The Steam version adds in more gameplay and longevity, which helps on the one side. On the other side, it now forces you to play through on your PC, rather than on the bus when you get a spare five minutes.
Players who enjoyed the game on mobile are probably unlikely to shell out £10 to play through on PC. Players who didn’t get on with the mobile version are unlikely to be enticed by the limited selection of additional features offered in this release.
Did you play The Trail on mobile?
Does this new version encourage you to play through again?