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90
iPhone148apps (Mar 16, 2009)
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.
90
J2MEPocket Gamer UK (Jun 12, 2008)
Awesome new visuals and music paired with a slew of creative mini-games make this trail run pure gold.
90
Nintendo DSiNintendoWorldReport (Feb 25, 2010)
The Oregon Trail is a great premium-priced title on the DSiWare Store and stands out as one of the best titles on the service. Not only is the gameplay engaging and fun, but it's also educational. In short, The Oregon Trail is one game you're not going to want to miss, whether you like educational games or not.
90
iPhoneThunderbolt Games (Nov 01, 2009)
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.
85
iPhoneIGN (Mar 13, 2009)
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.
80
iPhoneMacworld (Apr 08, 2009)
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.
80
iPhoneCommon Sense Media (Jan 25, 2010)
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.
80
Nintendo DSiNintendo Life (Jan 03, 2010)
As it turns out, The Oregon Trail is fun enough to stand on its own outside of class even after all these years. And with improved load times and added camera functionality, the DSiWare version is the one to beat. Of course, it's also the most expensive, and if you have the means to play the iPhone/Touch version you'll want to look long and hard at which one is more appealing to you. No matter how you load up the wagon, you'll be in for a fun ride.
60
J2MEModojo (Jul 08, 2008)
It's a shame, because we wanted a meatier adventure, but Gameloft streamlined it for cell phones, and despite the colorful visuals that really pop off the screen, we can only watch a wagon roll across the screen for so long. That being said, we appreciate The Oregon Trail for being different than the usual sports games and shooters. It's a neat classic revival and a trail worth taking.
60
AndroidPCMag.com (Feb 09, 2011)
Light on the HD and heavy on the $, Oregon Trail nevertheless arrives on Android with plenty of nostalgia and goodies in the wagon.
 
iPhoneJayIsGames (Apr 09, 2012)
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.
 
iPhoneSlide to Play (Feb 23, 2009)
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.