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As a covered wagon party of pioneers, you head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley in Oregon. You first must stock up on provisions, and then, while traveling, make decisions such as when to rest, how much food to eat, etc. The Oregon Trail incorporates simulation elements and planning ahead, along with discovery and adventure, as well as mini-game-like activities (hunting and floating down the Dalles River).


The Oregon Trail Macintosh Welcome to Oregon Trail!
The Oregon Trail DOS Shopping in the old west
The Oregon Trail Windows Past the first fort and the going gets tough. The land here is barren and every day there's a picture of starving oxen. On top of that Ezra has broken a leg.
The Oregon Trail Apple II River info.

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Oregon Trail: Classic Edition" -- Softkey CD-ROM release title

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User Reviews

A fun game, but it doesn't feel like you're really traveling the trail DOS OceansDaughter (109)
A classic of its period and genre. Apple II PCGamer77 (3229)

Critic Reviews

SuperKids Windows 1998 3.5 out of 5 70
All Game Guide Windows 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Retro Archives Windows 3.x Dec 31, 2021 12.5 out of 20 62
Retro Archives DOS Dec 31, 2021 12 out of 20 60
Retro Archives Apple II Dec 31, 2021 12 out of 20 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Notes for later submissions... 10 Pseudo_Intellectual (64072)
Dec 07, 2011


1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die

The Oregon Trail appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by Octopus Books (ISBN 978-184403-681-3).

The book's summary (p.22): The Oregon Trail has seen countless ports and remakes since its 1971 debut, but the canonical version is probably the 1985 version for Apple II computers. It's this edition, with color graphics that were remarkably detailed for the time, that most players remember as their first encounter with that strange beast known as "edutainment".

Young Sheldon

The game can be seen in two episodes of the Big Bang Theory prequel TV series Young Sheldon, being played and discussed by both Sheldon and his twin sister Missy.

Related Web Sites

  • On the Oregon Trail (A short story inspired by this game, authored by Caitlin Horrocks and published in the Jan '09 edition of the Hobart literary journal.)
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