Description of The Oregon Trail
There are few video games more fondly remembered than the Oregon Trail. It has inspired countless gamers and spawned countless memes. Still, it is hard to say how much of the fondness gamers feel towards this storied title is due to the fact that Oregon Trail was literally the first (and in some cases, the only) video game many children played. Much of its exposure came in classrooms, due to its educational nature.
By the standards of the time in which the 1990 “Classic Edition” was released, much less those of today, there's very little actual substance to Oregon Trail, and many will find it either tiresomely repetitive or only good for a brief jaunt down nostalgia lane.
Gameplay in the older versions of Oregon Trail consists mostly of hunting every day to make the most of your food supply (a minigame where you shoot at a variety of game) and waiting for your party to reach the next landmark.
Later versions, including the 1992 Oregon Trail Deluxe and the 1995 Oregon Trail II offer vast improvements on both graphics and gameplay. In fact, many adults in their 30s today are far more likely to have grown up on either of those than the variants of the Ur Oregon Trail.
Still, this remains an artifact for the curious. While this is a step up from the days of having to type “Bang” and “Pow” to shoot game in the earliest versions, a quick play of Oregon Trail: Classic Edition will show kids (and many adults) how lucky they've had it compared to Generation X, who had to walk to school through snow, uphill both ways, to get to their vidya.
Review By P. Alexander
Captures and Snapshots
Screenshots from MobyGames.com / Platform: Apple II
Screenshots from MobyGames.com
Comments and reviews
Kevin B 2020-06-08 0 point DOS version
If your trying to run this game on a Windows 10 PC, you will need DOSbox to run it as it won't run normally in this version of Windows.
Morbid_Decay 2020-05-14 0 point DOS version
This is my first time playing it. it's sooooooooo good!
vicsar 2020-05-09 1 point DOS version
I had never played the original, only the deluxe version. This is fun :-)
moonbug 2019-03-14 1 point
Bear Vs. Salmon, you can convert one of the mainframe versions, they're pretty small and entirely in BASIC. Otherwise this is almost identical: http://www.atariarchives.org/bca/Chapter02_WestwardHo.php
the only one still using win xp 2019-02-23 -3 points DOS version
why does it skip when on the trail unless something happens i'm playing on windows xp
Belreyne 2019-02-04 1 point
I remember playing the Classic Oregon Trail on IBM Networking computers as a kid.... That and Primary Editor Plus, Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiego, and other "Educational" classics... Talk about Nostalgia....
OTV1 2019-01-03 -3 points Apple II version
I am looking for a copy of the original version of Oregon trail on 51/4 floppy disk for apple ll
Off topic 2018-04-17 2 points
It's a shame. 'Pg' is using an online platform (likely with a decent device) to ban a generation about their access to technology.
I am a millennial. I remember playing in school. That's why I am on this page in the first place. Just kind of food for thought to those predisposed do decide others morals based on age. At least last millennials are discriminatory by a LARGE margin. But that's numbers not opinion.
I'm glad to see this on here so I can reminisce the days when nothing could go wrong.
dfortae 2018-01-12 -3 points DOS version
I review The Oregon Trail here: http://youtu.be/KHXThZGUWrw
PG 2017-06-27 -10 points Apple II version
I remember playing this game back in 1990 while I was in the sixth grade. I used to love going to the computer lab with my class each week, just so we could play The Oregon Trail on those Old School Apple computers. Each of us were so enthralled by the game, it was the only time that an instructor didn't have to tell us to be quiet. Kids today (Millenials) will never understand how fun and educational The Oregon Trail was for our generation. Sadly, the main reasons they use computers is to connect on Social Media (which has led to Cyber Bullying),
Hacking/Stealing personal information, and other nonsense. Only Xennials can comprehend how Awesome this game is, was and always will be! We grew up during a time when life was simple, and technology had not overstepped it's boundaries by consuming the entire world, and turning everyone into illiterate zombies that can't function without an Iphone in their hand.
Paperbrain 2017-03-10 4 points
Every public school in America had a copy of this back in the day, even the tiny school in rural Idaho I grew up in. Many younger people might find it boring, and wonder what we see in it. In all honesty, with the nostalgia glasses off it might not seem like much, but dagnabit yunguns it was fun!
Luna Moonrider 2016-12-05 4 points
Need to make one for tablets! I hate the settler game. Want the real game on tablet! So does everybody else. Everybody's asking for it.
RetroGamer 2015-07-10 2 points Mac version
wow. i love this game and havent played in years! i recently installed mini vmac-- here goes gaming:)
Lord_Xarti 2015-04-09 -4 points DOS version
Why are you all using JUST DOSbox? Use the far superior LaunchBox *(Which includes DOSbox and many more emulators) that does a lot of this behind the scenes work for you? I got the newest version *(4.6 as of this typing) and it works like a dream for me.
Simba7 2014-10-21 1 point DOS version
Windows 7? You'll need DOSBox to run any DOS-based games on Windows 7. That, or find an old 286/386.
paulo josé 2014-09-10 -2 points DOS version
this game relate the live the people to living in contry the oregon .
this good for learn the history the civilizacion.
Kronick 2014-07-27 1 point DOS version
WoW !!! I was in 6th/7th grade when this game came out been looking for a few yrs for a copy. Always loved coming upon a river and deciding how to handle it. A lot of times would forge the rivers but not always the wise way to go. Current would usually tip you over and cost you supplies. LOL Oh well....
GoodOleDays 2013-11-10 3 points DOS version
Long live the days of surviving and dying from dysentery...
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