Sparse Vector has announced the upcoming release of Super Amazing Wagon Adventure, an Oregon Trail-inspired 2D shoot-'em-up for Windows and the Xbox Live Indie Games platform.

Described as "Oregon Trail meets River Raid meets Robotron meets random number generator," Super Amazing Wagon Adventure essentially combines the best-remembered parts of Oregon Trail and leaves out the boring educational stuff. The result is a pixelated bloodbath featuring customizable characters, randomly generated gameplay events, and a collection of endless survival modes.

This game looks great, and I can't wait to play it. I don't know what it is, but there's just something about Oregon Trail that brings out the best in indie developers -- see also: Organ Trail and So Long, Oregon.

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is scheduled for release this summer.