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Ultimate Admiral Gameplay and Review
Now it’s time to give you an honest review and gameplay on this awesome game. This is one of the most popular games of 2020.
The Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail, or rather a new iteration of it for 2018. And it’s being sold at a suggested price of $25 US dollars. This is a dedicated electronic handheld unit based on the classic edutainment game that was made most famous on the Apple II in the Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail Fitgirl repack However as fondly remembered as that version is that is not exactly what you’re getting here.
In fact what you get is a little bit more advanced than I expected, more on that in a moment. But yeah for now just look at this thing, man! I’m always fascinated by dedicated handhelds, I loved getting those Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail PC to download things back in the day even though they pretty much all sucked. But this is thankfully a lot better than that.
But somewhat annoyingly it is exclusive to Target stores in the USA, at least as I’m recording this video. And no this is not sponsored, they didn’t send it to me or anything, I didn’t get it for free. I just saw it on the shelf and bought it because it looked cool. It turns out Target is no stranger to selling exclusive Oregon Trail products, they also released this Oregon Trail card game a year or two ago by Pressman. Similar packaging but it’s just a card game. I’m not huge into card games but I picked it up anyway because I like Oregon Trail products. Anyway, this Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail is manufactured by Basic Fun which is a division of The Bridge Direct.
I’ve never owned anything of theirs but I have seen some of them hanging around various shops. Especially these miniature arcade machines, those were kind of impressive I thought. But yeah this is the first one of their thingies that I have picked up and you know what? I’m just ready to get inside of this thing because I mean just look! “Set out on the trek from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley!” Ah, many fond memories of playing Oregon Trail games over the years, so let’s jump into the box and see what you get inside. Yeah, there’s little twisty things, just twist off of there and now there you go. You got one of those little pull tabs to get the included batteries doing their thing and to get the store demo mode disabled. And say hello to The Oregon Trail unit itself! A rather compact little thing about the size of a Game Boy Color, definitely a good bit thicker than that though.
And to me, it actually looks a little bit like a Macintosh, like an earlier compact Mac. Anyway down here you have some controls which are, well… they don’t feel great let’s put it that way. Cheap, gummy, Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail igg games things with a rather bizarre d-pad here. You have these diagonals and cardinal directions than these other keys to entering, the wagon for the menu, got the sound on and off and a yes or no button for different questions in-game. And you also get a little black and white fold-out instruction manual which pretty much just tells you to play the game. But if you’ve played practically any Oregon Trail iteration over the past 30-something years then you’ll be right at home because this really is a classic iteration that has been redone to fit in this handheld form. Press the power button and it powers on and yep, you get an Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail two-and-a-half inch LCD screen.
It’s quite sharp, very readable. This is what I was impressed with, I was not expecting this to look at this “nice,” relatively speaking. Yeah, sorry about the dust and like, scratches. A lot of that is underneath the plastic when I got it. I tried to clean it up as much as I could but you know. Anyway here you go, this is The Oregon Trail! And it is the classic game, really. I’ve covered this before on Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail many years ago, but the gist of the gameplay is you’re a person, or a family really or group of people, that are trying to get from the east coast to the west coast of the United States in the mid-1800s. And there are different difficulty levels depending on who you choose to be from the start.
So the banker has the most money and the carpenter is kind of in the middle and the farmer’s like “Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail.” You can name your leader and four members of your party which is always an opportunity to have some fun with the naming. And before setting off on your trek you have to buy some equipment and supplies. And you’ll need to buy, at a minimum, some oxen to pull you along. And then you have the option to get as much food, clothing, ammunition, and spare parts as you want and/or need. And there you go, you’re ready to start! “Good luck! You have a long and difficult journey ahead of you.” *Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail* So yeah you not only get a full-color screen but a pretty decent little sound chip that plays chiptunes and PCM sounds! It doesn’t have a headphone out jack so I couldn’t get a direct recording but yeah, it sounds pretty darned acceptable for this tiny little thing. This is a conversion of sorts of one of the classic versions of the game, and if I had to guess it seems to be based on the 1989/1990 MS-DOS version of the game, at least judging by these graphics. It’s not identical obviously, they’ve modified it a bit to be on this tiny little screen.
But it’s definitely not the Apple II version, I mean, compared to that it just doesn’t look anything like it. I’m assuming though that they just made their own version for this specific type of hardware because it’s not a direct emulation of any version of the game that I’ve ever played or seen. It’s just kind of a mishmash of a few different things.
Anyway, at this point it really is just The Oregon Trail: you’re going around trying not to die, attempting to ford rivers and failing spectacularly, and running into all kinds of problems like heat and broken arms and of course cholera and infamous dysentery. And every so often you get a nice little screen with some nice little music that plays and lets you know where you are on your trek across the United States. *nice little Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail plays* And as gummy, and imprecise, kind of clunky feeling as that directional pad is for up, down, left, and right, it’s fine for the menus. I never had any problem navigating and pressing enter. It’s, again, a bit gummy but it’s fine. This is not like a quick reaction type of game, you’re really just navigating menus for the most part. And for that, it is perfectly adequate.
However one of the key parts of The Oregon Trail is the hunting Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail ocean of games and this is a bit of a different story as far as controls go. You still have your cardinal directions but you also have to use those diagonal keys that are around the directional diamond. It made hunting way more difficult than it needed to be and the animals move just as fast as they would on other versions of the game from what I could tell, so they didn’t seem to make any concessions for this slightly awkward control scheme. I was just wasting ammo left and right. Yeah, that is a little disappointing, I don’t know why they couldn’t have put a little tiny joystick on there or a more traditional directional pad. Oh well, it’s completely playable though and I was able to get through the entire game without dying. Well I mean, a whole lot of my people died, I think I might have been the only one left by the end, but hey! I made it and that is all that matters.
Look at all the other people that have players who haven’t actually play because I’m the only one to have played this unit. Unfortunately, I didn’t run across any “Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail” on the trail so I guess this is not based on that particular version that was distributed back in the day. But I didn’t expect it to because as I said I believe this is a custom version that is mixing together different aspects of different Oregon Trail releases. I don’t know about you but I was kind of curious to get inside of this thing and see what was going on. Check out these craptastic batteries that it came with it, I do not trust these at all.
They felt like they have the weight of toothpicks, they were just cheap and pathetic. But hey at least it came with them. So getting the unit open is thankfully very simple: you just have four Phillips head screws, one in each corner, and there you go — it pops right open. And there’s not much going on inside as you might expect for a handheld that costs $24.99. And as expected this little PCB right here you got this epoxy resin crap that’s covering up the chips. So I don’t know exactly what they are and I’m not gonna try to peel that off there. But if you see the board right there, it’s a little bit of a different layout, but it has the same number as others that I’ve seen in certain videos: Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail PC download.
The video I’m specifically thinking of is this one by The 8-bit Guy that he did on the company’s other mini tabletop arcades. The board is very similar, in fact, it has that same number on there and everything, but the layout is a little bit different. So yeah I guess they’re just sort of Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail these electronics for whatever they need to over in China, which is pretty darned interesting to me. I don’t know the specifics of it, maybe somebody else can figure out if it is like an Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail on a chip type of thing, I don’t know man.
So what you end up with is a standalone version of The Oregon Trail that plays a lot like what you remember, but is a new thing in a new form factor. And it’s just dedicated Oregon Trail on the go! I like this idea, I don’t know about you, and I have a feeling these are gonna start becoming collectibles. Maybe they already are, so if you can I recommend picking one of them up if you’re interested in a little handheld Oregon Trail. Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail Fitgirl Free.
And I’m also really curious if anybody’s gonna be able to like, hack these things to do something else. I’d be down for a portable Super Solvers Spellbound, just throwing that out there. Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail something like that? Yeah man, bring on the portable edutainment machines! Anyway, that is it for this episode of Ultimate Admiral Age of Sail Fitgirl and I hope that you enjoyed checking out this little thingy. And if you did, well, stick around. I do more videos every Monday and Friday and occasionally I’ll cover something like this that strikes my fancy even though it’s a little bit different than what I normally do.