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The Oregon Trail Review by: j0han - 7.5/10

Journeying West
The year is 1848. From the largely unsettled regions of the American West come tales of mountains spilling over with gold. Dreams of a better life fuel the countless covered wagons that stream towards the Oregon Territory. Families stock up on supplies and steel themselves as they prepare to endure the perilous road ahead. Disease, bandits, wild animals, drought, hunger, high mountain passes, barren desert, disastrous weather: these lie in wait in some of the roughest country known to man. Though it will take every ounce of wit and luck for the brave American Pioneer to reach the Far West, the golden horizon that awaits him there is a dream worth suffering for.

The Oregon Trail was first released in 1971 as an educational tool and has since been updated and re-released to various systems. Apple II was the first to market the game in the early 1980s, with McIntosh following in 1991. Recent releases include the Wii in 2011 and a smartphone app. Speaking from personal experience, it was an invaluable resource as a history lesson in itself, while remaining, challenging, engaging and most importantly, fun. The Oregon Trail is a simulator that transplants you into the world of the pioneer, where you must purchase and ration supplies, choose your route and departure date to Oregon, and make some tough decisions along the way. During the difficult journey you must cross rushing rivers, climb the treacherous passes of the Rockies and sustain your party through barren land void of water and grass. You will invariably encounter danger and suffer disaster. You might run out of food and be forced to hunt to keep your family fed. You may even end up leaving someone alongside the road, under a hastily fashioned cross.

Graphics: 7
Cut-scenes within the game are given alot of detail, as well as the river crossings. The hunting mini-game could have been better, and the main screen (a covered wagon going left) is a bit static.

Sound: 7
Game-play itself contains little sound effects. I gave it a higher score because various American folk songs are played (in midi format) throughout cut-scenes, enriching the atmosphere.

Addictiveness: 7
I rated this from a school-child's perspective. Back in first grade I loved going to the computer lab and playing. I would try to reach Oregon before any of my classmates by setting my travel rate up to 'grueling' (the fastest), which always led to disaster. It was something I looked forward to then, and after all these years I'm here, playing it again. Furthermore, each play is unique. That said, it is hard to play from start to finish in one sitting.

Story: 8
The story of the pioneers is certainly dramatic, and this game makes good use of that. Though the main plot points must remain the same, each journey is unique and unpredictable, with variables occurring at random. So with each new game a different drama unfolds within the world of the pioneer.

Depth: 8
Apart from the many decisions and disasters the player encounters, a hunting mini-game adds depth. Several facets of game-play are player-determined, such as travel rate, supply rationing, certain routes and types of river crossings. In addition, upon start-up, the player chooses from three vocations: Banker, Carpenter, Farmer. These determine level of difficulty and end-game scores. Bankers receive the most money, $1600, allowing more supplies which makes the journey easiest, and do not receive a score bonus. Carpenters start with $800 and receive a doubled score. Farmers get the short end, receiving $400; but at the end their hardships are rewarded with a tripled score.

Difficulty: 8
Reaching Oregon is a difficult task. Many times my wagon leader finally succumbed after having buried the rest of the party. But with the right decisions, and a bit of luck, it is possible. Of course playing as the banker makes things easier, but it remains challenging nonetheless. Playing as the farmer is a difficult task indeed.

Overall: 7.5
You don't need to be American to learn a valuable lesson from this game about hardship and sacrifice. Through this enjoyable and nostalgic classic, you will better understand the lengths some would travel to find a better life for themselves and their descendants.
  Graphics 7   Sound 7   Addictive 7   Depth 8   Story 8   Difficulty 8


The Oregon Trail Description: As a covered wagon party of pioneers, you head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley in Oregon. You first must stock up on provisions, and then, while traveling, make decisions such as when to rest, how much food to eat, etc. The Oregon Trail incorporates simulation elements and planning ahead, along with discovery and adventure, as well as mini-game-like activities (hunting and floating down the Dalles River).
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The Oregon Trail User Submitted videos
 
Gotta Catch'em ..
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The Oregon Trail - Oregon Trail (APPLEII) - User video5/5
Oregon Trail (APPLEII)
 


The Oregon Trail User Submitted Screenshots
 
j0han
09-18-12 04:59 AM
The Oregon Trail - Fort Kearney - User Screenshot5/5 Edit Screenshot
Fort Kearney
Claw13x
02-18-13 06:14 PM
The Oregon Trail - Misc Diskette 2 - 1st half= only half - User Screenshot4.8/5 Edit Screenshot
Misc: Diskette 2
1st half= only half
j0han
09-18-12 04:52 AM
The Oregon Trail - At the Kansas - User Screenshot4.7/5 Edit Screenshot
At the Kansas
j0han
09-18-12 04:59 AM
The Oregon Trail - Fording the Big Blue - User Screenshot4.6/5 Edit Screenshot
Fording the Big Blue
j0han
09-18-12 04:37 AM
The Oregon Trail - Hunting for wild buffalo.  - User Screenshot4.6/5 Edit Screenshot
Hunting for wild buffalo.
j0han
09-18-12 04:23 AM
The Oregon Trail - May have overspent on clothing - User Screenshot4.6/5 Edit Screenshot
May have overspent on clothing
 


The Oregon Trail Highscores Table
 
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The Oregon Trail User Reviews
6.9    Graphics 4.5    Sound 4    Addictive 8    Story 8.5    Depth 7.5    Difficulty 8


7.5 - Journeying West - j0han
The year is 1848. From the largely unsettled regions of the American West come tales of mountains spilling over with gold. Dream...
  Graphics 7   Sound 7   Addictive 7   Story 8   Depth 8   Difficulty 8
      Review Rating: 4.3/5     Submitted: 09-18-12     Updated: 09-18-12     Review Replies: 2     Reply to this Review

7 - The Oregon Trail - elbuzzard
The Oregon Trail is a great game when it works. Very addicitive and really makes you realise that you dont need great sound and ...
  Graphics 2   Sound 1   Addictive 9   Story 9   Depth 7   Difficulty 8
      Review Rating: 2.6/5     Submitted: 08-09-11     Review Replies: 1     Reply to this Review



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    oregon trail need help getting to side 2 creator: DMisteri last post: 02-28-14 - 03:55 PM
 


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The Oregon Trail User Comments
lordpyromon 05-17-14 - 07:07 PM
 it gets to the title and then won't continue, am I missing something?
Bell1 05-10-14 - 09:22 PM
 :( Just read the other comments. Went to all that trouble of registering & dwnloadng the software to play & it doesn't let u finish? Just sad now. Oh well, I got to relive a small portion of the game I used to enjoy. Probably would have starved anyway. :
Bell1 05-10-14 - 09:17 PM
 How do you flip to disk 2??? The space bar doesn't seem to work.
magicamadeye 05-10-14 - 09:45 AM
 how do you reset to start? i mean what is the reset button
MeatAndPotatoes 02-22-14 - 02:32 AM
 Well, that was fun for about 20% of the game. Then you can't continue, because it requires a "disk flip." Very odd choice for "Game of the Week."
Popful 02-21-14 - 11:22 PM
 http://www.kongregate.com/games/MindRevelation/oregon-trail That's a remake of this game. Dunno how good it is, since I haven't played it yet, but it should be winnable.
UltIMa647 02-21-14 - 09:05 PM
 how does it even start? it only shows the minesotta thing
Jordanv78 02-17-14 - 09:44 AM
 So many complaints about the game? Hey you are playing a FREE game. Sorry you can't flip the disk...but at least you get to play it AT ALL.
atl_fan_in_tenn 02-02-14 - 09:34 AM
 why have half the game! waste of time, for a something i thought I was reliving elementary school again
KrazzerGames 10-27-13 - 03:24 PM
 I have figured out a way to make the cutscenes go away jus minus out the game then bring it back.
plantkingman 09-27-13 - 09:40 PM
 I played this in elementary school.
Dragon2013 08-24-13 - 10:11 PM
 Such a joke! why have this game on here and u cant play the full game bc it says to flip the diskette.
cmbtengr 05-20-13 - 12:39 PM
 Flip to side 2?
segagothvioln1 04-04-13 - 08:11 PM
 ahh memories of the great edugame I never played, (O)_(O) I'm staring into your soul as you read this.(slumps down)
Jordanv78 03-21-13 - 11:59 PM
 It works, it just takes an extremely long time for the AppleII to load the game once the title screen pops up. I tested it and it took what seemed to be close to a min to actually get to gameplay
jabradley 03-21-13 - 06:50 PM
 where is the "reset" button to play???
TwistedBlondie 03-01-13 - 11:01 AM
 says to flip diskette?? WTF D:
ninam 12-30-12 - 12:00 AM
 Why is it telling me to flip the diskette to side 2? Can someone tell me how to get around this? Because I would like
succubus4201 12-22-12 - 03:04 AM
 WHAT?!?! you have to flip the non-existent diskette?!?! i call shenanigans!
JFaber3 12-12-12 - 04:16 PM
 i get to crossing the river and then it stops ? ?
thudricdholee 11-25-12 - 05:43 PM
 The game works fine for for me, but how do you "flip the diskette"? I've tried pushing every button
DanteCorzan 11-20-12 - 10:23 PM
 Game doesn't work at all for me either.
Megagamer42 10-29-12 - 07:36 PM
 Game isn't loading for me. Anyone else have the same problem?
j0han 09-18-12 - 05:03 AM
 Yes that is annoying. I'm not sure if posting outside urls is against the rules, but at http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html you can find the full game. Im going to pm the link to Davideo and maybe he'll be able to fix it.
sideswiper69 09-17-12 - 09:10 AM
 I mean seriously! To continue the trail insert Disc 2? WTF?



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