Amazon Trail II

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Amazon Trail II
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Developer(s)The Adventure Company
Publisher(s)MECC
SeriesThe Oregon Trail
Platform(s)Windows, Macintosh
Release1996
Genre(s)Simulation[1][2]
Mode(s)Single-player

Amazon Trail II is a simulation video game developed by The Adventure Company and published by MECC for the Macintosh and Windows.[3] It was released in September 1996.[4] The game is a spin-off of The Oregon Trail.

It is the second video game in the Amazon Trail video game series, succeeding The Amazon Trail and preceding Amazon Trail 3rd Edition.[5]

It was included in a games bundle with the Quantex 5500,[6] and in the Trail Mix Social Studies Bundle with Oregon Trail 3rd Edition and MayaQuest Trail.[7] The Quantex QP6/333 M-1c package also included the game in its software package.[8]

Production[edit]

The aim of this educational video game is to teach players about the "culture, ecology, and history of the Amazon River".[5]

The game was donated to the Strong Museum of Play.[9]

The bulk of new content to The Amazon Trail series is not added in this game, but rather to its own sequel The Amazon Trail 3rd Edition: Rainforest Adventures.[10]

Richard D. Thompson was the game's video director.[11]

Plot[edit]

The game starts with a mysterious incident at the Museum of Ancient Art, which results in the player ending up in the Amazon.[12] Players are then sent to find a local cure to a disease,[13] with the end goal being to reach the city of Vilcabamba.[14]

Gameplay[edit]

Featuring "the same gameplay and educational styling"[15] as The Oregon Trail, players take a virtual trip up the South American Amazon River.in a canoe[5] in an interactive learning journey.[16] The game has 3 levels of difficulty.[17] Players receive points by remaining healthy, using their resources wisely, and conversing with characters correctly.[17] The best players have their names put into a high score list.[17] A fishing meter shows how hard the harpoon is thrown when fishing.[17] Tour guides ask the player questions which they must respond to further the game.[17] The game includes four river guides, 17 assignments, and 50 characters.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Janice Reutter wrote in the Science and Children journal that the game is " an exciting, adventurous journey" with "attractive graphics", "mysterious and intriguing sound effects", and "beautiful 3D...scenes".[17] The Boston Herald favourably compared it to its "pretty simple" and "not very attractive" predecessor Amazon Trail, deeming it a "good buy for families who don't yet have Amazon Trail".[18] Computer Shopper said a software package that included the game was a "great starting point for the first-time buyer".[8] The Washington Post's review included testimony from their "kid software tester" Sarah Phillips, who said that parts of the game could be "pretty neat" or "extremely frustrating".[19] MECC deemed it "one of the most compelling interactive adventures ever".[20] TESL-EJ described it as "wonderful" and "imaginative".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Computer-Assisted Language Learning: An Overview".
  2. ^ "Advantages and Limitations of CALL". web.warwick.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  3. ^ Penix-Tadsen, Phillip (2016-02-12). Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262034050.
  4. ^ Buckleitner, Warren (2001-03-01). The Complete Sourcebook on Children's Software. Children's Software Revue. ISBN 9781891983054.
  5. ^ a b c Software and CD-ROM Reviews on File. Facts on File, Incorporated. 1997-01-01.
  6. ^ Inc, Future US (1999-07-01). Maximum PC. Future US, Inc.
  7. ^ Leppert, Mary; Leppert, Michael (2001-01-01). Homeschooling Almanac 2002-2003. Prima Pub. ISBN 9780761528562.
  8. ^ a b "Quantex QP6/333 M-1c: Quantex ups the entry-level ante.(Hardware Review)(Evaluation)". 1999-03-01.
  9. ^ "Amazon Trail II: Science & History". www.museumofplay.org. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  10. ^ "The Personal Computer Museum, Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - Recycle, donate, and browse your old computers, electronics, video games, and software". www.pcmuseum.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  11. ^ "The Artistic Team".
  12. ^ "Amazon Trail II". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  13. ^ "Amazon Trail II (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  14. ^ "Amazon Trail II (Game) - Giant Bomb". www.giantbomb.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  15. ^ "The Oregon Trail - Edutainment's First Video Game Hit - Apple II". Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  16. ^ CD-ROMs in Print. Meckler. 2001-01-01. ISBN 9780787633561.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "Amazon Trail II - ProQuest". search.proquest.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  18. ^ "Kid tech". 1997-03-30.
  19. ^ "Keep on Trackin'". 1997-03-14.
  20. ^ "Amazon Trail II | Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium". www.mecc.co. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  21. ^ "Oregon Trail II". www.tesl-ej.org. Retrieved 2016-09-08.

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