The Migrant Trail

The Migrant Trail

Summary

In Migrant Trail you choose to play as either a Migrant or Border Patrol agent. As a Migrant, you journey from Mexico into Arizona in search of a better life. As Border Patrol agent your job is to find as many migrants as possible and send them back to Mexico. Migrant Trail is a Cause-Game that gets you deeper into the Mexican migrant experience.

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Reviewer: Cherie G.        Title: Migrant Trail

 

In Migrant Trail you choose to play as either a Migrant or Border Patrol agent. As a Migrant, you journey from Mexico into Arizona in search of a better life.  As Border Patrol agent your job is to find as many migrants as possible and send them back to Mexico.  Migrant Trail is a Cause-Game that is designed to get you deeper into the Mexican migrant experience.

 

If you play as a Border Patrol agent, you use your detection radar to help detect any signs of migrants crossing the border illegally.  If your detection radar turns red this indicates that there may be some migrants nearby. The radius of your detection radar will depend on how fast you are driving in your border patrol car. If you drive slower, you'll have a wider radius detction and if you drive faster you have a narrower radius detection.  There are trade-offs to both approaches.  When you drive slower you are less likely to miss migrants, but it also gives the migrants more time to take evasive action before you arrive on the scene.  If you drive faster there is less time for migrants to react and hide/go a different direction, but it also easy to miss migrants that may be nearby but outside of the narrowed dectection radar.

 

Roving around in your patrol car, you'll encounter clues (empty water bottles, footprints, shoes, etc). that inform you about the potential path the migrants are taking.  Your duty is to find the migrants, administer first-aid as needed, and then deport them.

 

The game only lasts for 5 minutes, but it is speed up verison reprensenting key events that happen during a longer period of time for a real-life patrol officer. I think it works well and helps keeps key events moving. 

 

The real challenge of the game is playing as a migrant.

 

 

If you play as a migrant, you get to play different individuals with different reasons for crossing the border.  Some of these reasons are captured in video clips interviews with real migrants. Bottomline, their fate lies in your hands. 

 

After getting to know your playable migrant, you are given a budget to buy supplies you'll be bringing with you. You can bring at most 5 of each. You can also buy clothes that will protect you from the harsh weather. Personally, I buy the clothes first then the supplies. Just a tip: don't buy too much water. I buy just about 2 bottles of them since you normally come across water tanks along the way. I also tried to buy supplies with a dual purpose. Apples and Sueros can add both hydration and energy so I buy them the most. Also, as you continue to buy things for your journey, try to keep in mind the weight of your backpack. A heavier backpack will slow you down.

 

Once you get the supplies ready, you start your journey towards the highway to successfully enter Arizona. This is a really tough challenge. You are walking with a group of strangers. The people walking with you in the journey aren't as healthy nor as prepared as you are. Some of them will get blisters, get poisoned, etc. I really feel bad for this part of the game because you need to decide whether to help them (eg. give them some of your supplies), or leave them behind. To optimize my personal chances at survival and success in getting to the "pickup" site in Arizona, I often elect to leave them behind. Selfish and harsh I know.

 

One thing that I love about the game is that you don't only find misfortune along the way.  You also find positive things, for example, good hearted souls that offer you water bottles.  Or some trees that can can provide you some shade and help you restore your energy levels.  

 

Aside from successfully crossing the border, there are other outcomes in the game. You can either get caught by roving patrol officers or you can die of dehydration or untreated injury. 

 

Note: You only get to play one migrant per level and you cannot re-play a level; whether you finished it successfully or not. I like this limitation as it feels closer to reality.  Yes, you can restart the game but you'll lose all the progress you made from the beginning.

 

Here's a walkthrough of the game played as 'Patrol' agent and as a 'Migrant'... In terms of my Migrant one finished successfully while the other one failed to cross the border:

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