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Where Space Meets Nostalgia: Orion Trail Launches on Steam

The Oregon Trail was many people’s first video game, and they spent their time sitting in an elementary school classroom and hoping they didn’t break a wagon wheel or die from dysentery. What’s the one thing it was missing? Space. Cue Orion Trail, which combines old-school memories with space adventures.

Orion Trail is a single-player game where the player takes on the role of ship’s captain. Certain decisions can risk the lives of fellow crew members, and no two games are exactly alike. There are over fifty different encounters, seventy events, and six “away” missions that make every trip a little bit different. Each adventure tests the player’s luck, courage, and decision-making skills as they must manage resources and their crew.

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Schell Games has been working on Orion Trail for the past six months, since the completion of their Kickstarter campaign. Project director, Dave Bennet, would like the game to create a balanced, but fun and challenging, experience for players. He stated that, “When I developed the general concept for the game, I never imagined in a million light years this outcome. It’s like a weird space dream come true.”

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Orion Trail is launching today – October 12, 2015 – two months ahead of the initial expected launch date. For the first week, the game will be on sale for $6.99 USD, before returning to its normal price of $9.99 USD.

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Orion Trail is available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux players. The original soundtrack is also available for purchase for $5 USD on Bandcamp. For more information on Orion Trail or Schell Games, check out their website or follow them on Twitter.