The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is a classic educational video game that was first released in 1985. Developed by MECC (Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium), the game simulates the experience of traveling down the Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri to Willamette Valley, Oregon in 1848.

In the game, players take on the role of the leader of a wagon train, selecting their character’s profession and purchasing supplies from Matt’s General Store, including oxen, food, clothing, ammunition, and spare parts. Along the way, players must make decisions at various landmarks, such as forts and river crossings, that can affect the success or failure of their journey.

The game also features random events and minigames, such as hunting for food and repairing the wagon, as well as the ability to rest, trade, or check the status of supplies at any point during the journey. Players must manage resources carefully to ensure the survival of their party.

The Oregon Trail was widely used in schools throughout the United States as an educational tool, teaching students about the challenges of traveling the Oregon Trail and surviving in the 19th century. The game was praised for its innovative use of technology and its ability to engage and educate players.

Since its initial release in 1985, The Oregon Trail has been re-released and updated multiple times, including a version for the iPhone and iPad. The game remains a beloved classic, with a lasting impact on the educational gaming industry.

Game Info

  • Developed by: MECC
  • Released: 1990
  • Genre: Educational, Simulation

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