Oregon Trail the Game

When I was in 5th Grade we played a game of crossing the Oregon Trail on a giant bulletin board, our group died horribly (thanks guys for deliberately picking the options most likely to lead to sudden death), but within a couple of years a computer version came to our school. You remember the “Oregon Trail.”

OK, so it really wasn’t a movie, but it was a pretty amazing game. I think it was better in the earlier versions when it was simpler. (I remember playing it on an all amber screen – those came in after the all green screens, but before full color – OK I’m old.)  I really liked when one shot made the buffalo drop with Xs on their eyes, the more realistic they made the later versions the less interesting it was. Where did this game come from in the first place?

https://web.archive.org/web/20130731090300/http://mentalfloss.com/article/51930/legend-oregon-trail

Check out some of the later history of the game.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/21690/quick-10-oregon-trail-computer-game

Did you play Oregon Trail? What was your favorite part?

Sarah S. Uthoff is main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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