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This new version of Oregon trail, although slightly less of an RPG than the old version, and maybe a bit too easy, is an extremely fun game that's worthy of all the praise that it should and will get. I do hope that future updates provide more side quests and equipment to buy, but overall it's really quite extensive. At $5.99, this game should be purchased by just about everyone who likes portable gaming. I don't want to be your financial planner, but skip lunch at work one day and buy the game with the savings... you won't regret it. I really, really like what Gameloft has done with Oregon Trail... it is definitely a must have iPhone app.
Even though it is certainly one of the more enjoyable and well-crafted games in the iPhone store, The Oregon Trail more a pleasant distraction rather than a full-blown adventure but is still worth a couple of play-throughs. Gameloft crafted a worthy bearer of The Oregon Trail moniker: a clever and varied addition to Apple’s mobile market.
The Oregon Trail may be too easy for its own good at first, but this is still a great play for any gamer. Older gamers that remember the original will get a kick out of the refresh while newcomers will enjoy a game that is always offering something new to do or look at. And everybody will love the game's awesome hand-drawn visuals that truly pop off the screen. This game is gorgeous. Priced right now at $5.99, Oregon Trail is easy to recommend. Plus, you may even learn a little something along the trail. After all, that was the whole point of the original.
Gameloft does a lot of things brilliantly in this latest edition of Oregon Trail. The visual style is fun, the controls are intuitive, there’s plenty of new content and it’s genuinely funny. If players can get beyond the long load times and the drain on their iPhone’s battery, this is a rich and rewarding experience.
The biggest disappointment about The Oregon Trail is the addition of in-app purchases. It feels particularly greedy because it's difficult to be competitive without making a purchase -- it doesn't truly feel optional. Other than that, The Oregon Trail is a great way to bring history alive; and it offers a lot of depth, clocking in at two to three hours per game.
There's a great deal of active enjoyment in the gameplay itself yet, admittedly, for those of us who hold warm memories of the original educational game, the major portion of charm comes from the iconoclasm of the game title "The Oregon Trail" itself. Even so, all ages will have fun with this blend of arcade and adventure. There's enough new-fangled attributes to keep game savvy preteens and teens satisfied, too. Along with an upbeat tone and humor, mixed with just the right bits of real time strategy and informative clips, it pans out to be an entertaining venture that captures the pioneering urge in all of us.
Overall, the iPhone version of The Oregon Trail is a very beautiful and well-rounded casual game, in spite of a few technical glitches. However, if you are reading this review, you’re probably not in this game’s intended audience. It’s certainly educational, accessible, and fun to watch, but it doesn’t deliver enough nostalgia or challenge to keep harder core gamers interested. On the other hand, if you’ve got a kid in need of entertainment, or you’re looking to relax with something a little lighter and less involved, The Oregon Trail is a good choice.