The Oregon Trail Wii Game Giveaway!

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If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, chances are you played The Oregon Trail. It was a fun little game where you controlled a family travelling in a covered wagon on the Oregon Trail. You had to hunt for food, make navigational decisions, hold funerals (you can die from diseases like disentery), and lots of other things. Read the original game description:

Try taking a journey by covered wagon across 2000 miles of plains, rivers, and mountains. Try! On the plains, will you slosh your oxen through mud and water-filled ruts or will you plod through dust six inches deep?

How will you cross the rivers? If you have money, you might take a ferry (if there is a ferry). Or, you can ford the river and hope you and your wagon aren’t swallowed alive!

What about supplies? Well, if you’re low on food you can hunt. You might get a buffalo… you might. And there are bear in the mountains.

At the Dalles, you can try navigating the Columbia River, but if running the rapids with a makeshift raft makes you queasy, better take the Barlow Road.

If for some reason you don’t survive — your wagon burns, or thieves steal your oxen, or you run out of provisions, or you die of cholera — don’t give up! Try again… and again… until your name is up with the others on The Oregon Trail Top Ten.

The beauty of the game is that it was teaching you about life on the Oregon Trail without you even realizing it. As such, this game was very popular in elementary schools in the late 80s and 90s. I remember when I was a 4th grader (1997), we went to the school library a few times per week and kids would crowd around computers watching other kids play. The Oregon Trail was THAT fun, lol.

I am SUPER excited because The Oregon Trail is coming out for the Wii and guess what, we’re giving ONE copy away! So if you loved this game as much as we did, enter below. If you can’t wait for the giveaway, you can preorderΒ it now. The giveaway entry period starts today and lasts until December 11th at 11:59pm EST. You can enter below.

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  1. I have played The Oregon Trial since I was ten years old. I absolutely loved this game and this game was an important part of my growing up. I am extremely happy because I would like to play this game again.

  2. I played the Oregon Trail on DOS computer in elementary school. I would love to have a copy now to play with my family!

  3. I played it alllllong time ago in grade school but I would love my son to play it because he’s into the past and games like this.

  4. I havent but my son did when he was in JR high. Id love to win this for my grandkids. We live on border of WA/OR and they need to know more history

  5. I used to love playing Oregon Trail. I had it on my family’s first computer back in the late 80s. I remember I always got a kick out of when family members got injured or died in the game since I always used my real family names. No idea why I got a kick out of that but I always thought it was funny.

  6. I totally remember playing this in elementary/middle school – our teachers would take us to the computer lab to spend a class period playing this! Iwould love my kids to have it too!

  7. YES!! I used to play this all the time in elementary school and was so angry because computer time was never long enough to finish a game. I’d love to actually be able to complete it on my own time LOL

  8. yes, i played it in grade school. i really liked being able to name the characters after your friends…trying to get over that river was always tough though.

  9. I have such fun memories of playing this back in elementary school! My fave part was buying all the food, and then trading with locals!

  10. We used to play this in middle school on the OLD school Apple computers. You know, the ones with the black and green screens… and then our school got 3 brand new COLOR computers, so my classmates and I would fight over who got to use them! My how times change! That was less than 20 years ago! Regardless… I would always end up dying of dysentery… My favorite part was shooting the buffalo and crossing the rivers!

  11. i was in elementary school when it came out. it was my game! i loved seeing how fast i could kill off my family. :: blushes ::

  12. We have never played the Oregon Trail….would love to, though. We love our Wii so it sounds like it would be wonderful for it (and American History)

  13. I love this game. I used to play all the time I went to my grandparents house on their compter in the basement. It was so much fun to play to see if I could make it. Never got tired of this game.

  14. I love the Oregon Trail!! I played it in elementary school and couldn’t get enough. I liked naming all the people after my friends.

  15. I always liked that you got to name all the characters and you could act like your family or you and your friends were traveling!

  16. I always loved sitting in the school library playing Oregon trail. I thought the hunting part was fun. Trying to aim using the arrow keys was hard and I never seemed to get enough food.

  17. Ohhhh my does this bring back the memories, green screen and all. I would love to play this with my son. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway and good luck to everyone. Happy Holidays!

  18. I played it a super long time ago – and I loved the hunting and having to make sure you had enough food. What can I say – I liked the stress…

  19. I want to win this for my mom! We got her a Wii last Christmas and she’s been playing games on it, but she’s never played a game like The Oregon Trail. I think she’d enjoy it. πŸ™‚

  20. I’ve never played this game but I’d like to play because I’d like to learn more about that era while having fun.

  21. Yes, we played in school. It was required. My fave part was just trying to stay alive! I always died of diptheria.
    Thanks for the chance.

  22. Oh my goodness, I didn’t know they had it on the Wii! How exciting! I used to love this game as a kid! I loved the foraging πŸ™‚

  23. We used to play the ORIGINAL Oregon Trail on the Franklin computers (with the green screens) back in elementary school. Then we upgraded to the Apple II GS computers and it was in COLOR! Oh, the amazement!

    I would LOVE to have a copy of this for the Wii. I think it’s time to make the trek again, even if I die of dysentery. πŸ˜‰

  24. I loved Oregon Trail. I never had much luck getting healthy oxen, unfortunately. But I feel the game helped me decide not to farm livestock as a career. So there’s that.

  25. I’ve never played it, but it seems like my son played a game by this name years ago on the computer. I would like to win this for him as he loved that game.

  26. I played this game obsessively as a child, I love how much it was like a choose your own adventure book brought to life! Actually I never beat it either, I always died fording a river or by eating something poisonous!

  27. We played this game alot. I even bought my son a tshirt that said, you have died of dysentary. I liked having to plan your trip very carefully or you would die.

  28. I played this as a PC game awhile ago. I liked going on the trails but sometimes it was hard to decide where to cross at.

  29. I have played Oregon trail! so much fun we used to play it at school all the time! I would love to win this for my boys to play on their wii!

  30. I have not played it. I’d love to play this along with my daughters. I loved reading the little House on the Prairie books when I was a kid and love that Era! This would be educational also for my girls.

  31. I LOVE this game!!! I use to play it all the time when I was younger. The best part of the game was figuring out if you wanted to cross the water, or travel out of your way. Oh and when your family in the game would die from weird illness’. I am so glad Wii picked this up!!!

  32. I have played the game. I played in school and sometimes on Facebook. Love it! My favorite part is simply being on the trail. Finding all the stuff you need, making repairs, etc. I like that part of it. Would love to win for my son to be able to play!

  33. Of course I’ve played The Oregon Trail! Unfortunately the last time I played was 20+ years ago so I honestly don’t remember my favorite part. However I do remember my oxen were always sick and I died of dysentery a lot. lol

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