23 Nov

The Oregon Trail: American Settler is a freemium “Build A Town” game released by Gameloft.

“You’ve conquered the trail, now it’s time to tame the frontier! In this continuation of The Oregon Trail story, you and your family can finally settle down and build a new home.”

The idea of the game is to build a small western town and along the way gain resources to expand your town. 

There are four main resources to control in the game:

  • Coins – Used to buy buildings, plants, animals etc.
  • Lumber – Used for building houses.
  • Food – To sell in the stores etc.
  • Money – Special money that buys special items (can be purchased via in-app)
  • Energy – Used to achieve tasks, needs time to rebuild automatically, but in-app purchase to get more.

As you progress through the game you advance in levels and with that unlock more buildings and items for your town.

As your town expands more people will arrive (generally standing still) so you will need to move them in front of the houses.

On the Freemium side, the game slows to a crawl in a matter of minutes after the basic by the nose tutorial. All the resources are fairly easy to obtain and the buildings and animals give their resources in a short period of time (less than 5 minutes for most). The main issue is energy. This can only be regained over time, going up a level or the very occasional drop. Each task takes 1 energy point, some tasks take more than one, if you want to cut down a tree you are looking at 7 points, hunting a bear is 5 points. Once you have a big town when you have recovered all the resources your energy is half gone and you then can do very little else before it is gone.

The game is controlled by selecting items from the menu and placing them on the map. Things on the map can be clicked and a menu will appear to move etc.

The graphics are generally very good with the same style of the iOS version of Oregon Trail.

On the upside:

  • A solid resource management game.
  • Lots to do and unlock.

On the downside:

  • Poor Freemium design with the energy (runs out after around 20 tasks).
  • Accidental clicking on items, especially when hunting the animals.
  • Occassional crash.

Overall, this is a reasonable game, and generally plays very well. The lack of energy is the only issue this game really has as it stops you progressing at a reasonable rate. You just need to train yourself to do a few tasks and stop. It is a shame as I would have liked to have got a lot deeper into the game before the energy became an issue.

Rating: 75%

Size: 12.3 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium (with in-app purchases)

Link: The Oregon Trail: American Settler – Gameloft


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