Peter Molyneux’s latest fall from glory, The Trail: Frontier Challenge, has been released on Nintendo Switch, so you can go pioneering on the trail while you’re pioneering in The Trail. Shame, maybe “fall from glory” is a bit harsh, but come on… we’re talking about the guy who created Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, Fable, and the list goes on. And then he led us on a wild goose chase of hot air, smoke and mirrors, and snake oil. And now we have 22cans, two average games and one pointless “social experiment”. Anyway, The Trail is the best thing to come out of 22cans so far, and now you can play it on Nintendo’s lovely Switch.
A very literal example of the walking simulator concept, The Trail was originally released on mobile devices, but the Nintendo Switch version is a port of the PC version which was released last year. It’s all about setting off into the great unknown, collecting resources, crafting, doing a bit of hunting here and there – it’s got elements of Don’t Starve, but without the constant and pervading sense of dread that you’re going to be eaten by a giant spider in the dark.
It’s a simple affair, and it’s not for everyone, but if you’re in the mood for an endless stroll punctuated by adventure-lite activities it may be worth a look.