The Oregon Trail: American Settler is a social management game. The player builds a frontier town in Oregon, after traveling the Oregon Trail. The player places farm plots, houses, businesses, and decorations. The player also collects food, wood, and gold, and can craft tools and medical supplies. Buildings produce goods based on a time, and have to be collected to produce more. Almost all activities require energy, which regenerates over time. Items and buildings can be purchased or rushed by spending premium currency bought with real money.