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Just your average trip out west.

Let's go adventure!

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a retro-styled 2D shooter by Sparsevector released in 2012. Parodying The Oregon Trail, right down to the retro graphics, the game has you controlling a wagon carrying a party of three migrants traveling west while Everything Is Trying To Kill Them.

The main appeal of the game is its highly randomized nature and its comically absurd amount of anachronisms and fantasy elements. Besides having to deal with mundane things like disease, wild animals and fording rivers, you can also find yourself battling machine gun wielding bandits, Bigfoot, rogue satellites, and so on. All this with Nintendo Hard difficulty but with lots of Have a Nice Death to lighten the mood. The game later received an update which adds "Turbo" to the title screen, adding even more zany scenarios and wagons to unlock.

The game was previously made available on DESURA and Xbox LIVE Indie Games until the discontinuation of both services. It is currently available on Steam.

This game contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of The Oregon Trail.
  • Anachronism Stew: Wild west with dinosaurs, modern-day cars, rocket launchers, a satellite, and then some.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The bazooka, due to the smoke concealing projectiles, the missiles having a small hitbox, and lag while firing.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: This could occur early in the game, when one of the party members eats some mushrooms and battles their inner demons as a result.
  • Beige Prose: Part of the humor.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The amount of corpses accumulated onscreen can go through the roof.
  • Book Ends: The game begins and ends with a bandit attack.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Your wagon's main gun. Every weapon pick-up has finite ammo.
  • Bullet Hell: Certain events will have high densities of things to avoid, ranging from bullets to buffalo to lava bombs. Unfortunately, your entire wagon is the hitbox, so you'll have to be really adept at dodging, or have a good weapon handy.
    • Tons of enemies swarm you when on foot, too.
  • Crack Fic: Thanks to the bizarre nature of this game and being able to give the party different names, it's quite common to see people name the characters after more popular ones to have some really hilarious pairings and misadventures.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Your characters will move and act just fine until they lose their last heart, at which point the game tells you how they perished.
  • Cursed with Awesome: If a party member gets ill, their health drops to 1, which effectively makes them a One-Hit-Point Wonder. However, if you manage to keep them alive, they will heal back to full health regardless of how much health they had before getting ill.
  • Death from Above: One of the weapon pickups calls in an airstrike.
  • Everyone Is Bi: The "party member X develops feelings for party member Y" event and the subsequent trip to the wagon to "relax" can happen between members of the same gender.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Llamas, rabid squirrels, aliens, dinosaurs, piranhas and many more things will attempt to end your game.
  • Fragile Speedster: The Fast wagon, it sacrifices half of your entire party's lives for speed.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Played for laughs; see Interface Screw below for the details.
  • Glass Cannon: The UFO Wagon and Invisible Wagon.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The game mentions which characters will do something in the upcoming scene. It'll take into account their sex as well.
  • Incendiary Exponent: You can encounter buffalo on fire and wolves on fire, after encountering them normally.
  • Interface Screw:
    • In one random event your party gets drunk, and have to battle some enemies. They will wobble and shift around during the event.
    • Another one has your oxen/horses eat strange grass which inverts the controls for the next few scenes.
    • One of your party members may accidentally damage your weapon by using it improperly. Jamming will mess up the firing rate, while bending the barrel means that the shots come out at an angle.
    • A random event has the game pretend to glitch out. It starts with encountering upside-down buffalo, and then the between-events narration displays random text, and finally you're battling some square-ish thing in a background composed of random pixels. After beating it, the game "reboots" and you're back on your adventure. You also unlock The Glitch by defeating this boss for the first time.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Parodied in one event. The first bandits you face always shoot straight backwards. Sometimes, the narration will say "Some of the bandits could actually aim," and the next set of bandits will always aim for you.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Falcons, dinosaur eggs, and sparkly things are some weapons you can use.
  • Jump Scare: Bigfoot does this.
  • Kill It with Fire: When you kill something with the flamethrower, the corpse are charred and blackened.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Due to the random nature of the game, it can feel like this sometimes. In one playthrough, you might get events you can handle well, and in another playthrough, you might get events that you can't get through without a massive loss of life.
  • Man on Fire: During certain events, flaming animals rushing out of the inferno become an obstacle.
  • More Dakka: The machine gun. Sometimes bandits will use a machine gun-mounted wagon against your party.
  • Mushroom Samba: The random event where a party member collects edible mushrooms.
  • Mystical 108: There's a chance that players will reach Day 107, which will take the player's party falling through a spiral of light, eventually sending them into the 21st century where they run into aggressive traffic, followed by the police.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It has no effect on the game itself, but surviving a trek through a Civil War battlefield by killing everyone has you making the war worse. Whoops!
    Narration: The wagon's interference in the battle decimated both Union and Confederate forces. The war was lengthened, and there was a great loss of life.
  • Nintendo Hard: It's pretty easy to get wiped out due to fast homing animals or high densities of harmful things.
  • One-Hit Kill: Bandits with rocket launchers can one-shot your character if they hit you.
  • Permadeath: Once a party member dies, they're gone for good.
  • Random Event: The game largely consists of these. In one game, if you decide to swim through a river, you might have to survive a piranha and narwhal attack. In another game, you might wash ashore on an island after swimming through that river, and have to fend off buffalo, giant crabs, or possibly dinosaurs.
  • Random Events Plot: While the beginning is always the same, every event afterwards are chosen randomly. You can get some really weird stories going on during your journey.
  • Retraux: Made in the 2010s, but has an Atari look to it. You can even choose to activate a CRT effect, rounding the edges, if you wish.
  • Serial Escalation: It starts off like a standard journey to the west... then you meet the machine gun bandits. Eventually, you could find yourself trying to survive rabid squirrels or outrunning a lava flow while flaming wolves erupt from it. It only gets crazier from there.
  • Smelly Skunk: One of the first obstacles you run into; shooting a skunk will create a barrier of fumes around it that harms you if you run into it.
  • Space Zone: A rare occurrence if you decide to jump over the river your party runs into.
  • Spread Shot: The shotgun.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The wolves. Not only are they one of the enemy types who will give chase if they get behind you, and are fast enough to catch up, but certain events will note their continued persistence in chasing you.
  • Time Travel: This can occur late in a game, when your wagon enters a bright light, and faces "horseless wagons", better known as cars.
  • Violation of Common Sense:
    • Jumping over and swimming under rivers are perfectly valid options.
    • Picking up venomous snakes and poisonous jellyfish as animal hides is okay. The fur traders will make no mention of it when you hand them over for supplies.
  • Unlockable Content: You start with only one type of wagon, while most of the others need to be unlocked by encountering and surviving against certain scenarios, which also unlock survival challenges. Some of the more difficult wagons require you to get 3 stars on all survival challenges and beat the game without losing anyone.
  • A Winner Is You: If you manage to reach the end, the game says "Yeah! You made it!", a voice says "Congratulations," and you're kicked back to the main menu.
  • Zerg Rush: With buffaloes, coyotes, unicorns, you name it!