This is a very interesting game that a lot of kids in the 80's played on their Apple computers in their classrooms. But for us older folks who only knew computers that filled up whole rooms, this game is very relaxing and builds knowledge. The game is set in the 1800's and you are family traveling the Oregon Trail. The object of the game is to get yourself and your family to the destination of your choice healthy and alive. You will receive points for this and many other things in the game.
The game comes with a story that is being read to you from the Montgomery Family Diary. But you can bypass the story and just play the game by hitting "enter" any time it goes to the story. Once you have heard the story once, it can be annoying to listen to every time. You start the game by first choosing a name for your self and the members of your party, then you pick an occupation and year you want to travel, then your starting point and then your destination. The great thing about this is that you have more than one starting point and more than one destination. Depending on where you start and where you plan on ending up makes a big difference in your journey. If you start from a large town then you will find that you have more choices and better prices because of more stores.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
My family moved to Portland, OR about a year ago and my sons gave me Oregon Trail version 2 when we got here. We now live in a small town on the Willamette about 10 miles from Oregon City. It's been especially fun for me to play the game because we drove up here from Texas and went through some of the area in the game. You do have to be inventive, plan ahead, learn to ration, and really THINK. I drowned myself on the very first day the first time I played the game!!! My game also gives you the choice of taking the cut-off to the California goldfields. I haven't done that yet, but I'm going to soon. I agree it's fun and teaches a LOT of history without being boring. When I went to the End of the Trail Museum in Oregon City, I was surprised how much I knew because of the game. It's a great game for adults & kids!Di in Wilsonville, OR.
I remember playing the old text based game around the 7th grade (1982 or so). I think it was the first computer I ever touched. We would all play for hours at school.
I'll have to check this out for my boys. We also live in Oregon so that will be fun for them too.
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