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 preorder it now. The giveaway entry period starts today and lasts until December 11th at 11:59pm EST. You can enter below.