You can play “The Oregon Trail” again! You might not know this, but I absolutely ADORE “The Oregon Trail” game. My version was back on amber computer monitors, remember them and the big change over from green? OK, so I may be a bit of a pioneer myself. I liked that version because when you did the shooting gallery part the animals just fell over – PLUNK with HUGE Xs on their eyes – trust me it was hilarious (they were very cartoonish).
The game not only taught history, but became part of history itself as one of the most popular educational computer games ever. Based on a lesson that used to be played through paper and with a giant map (at least in my classroom, they were teacher made games so yours might have been different), they computerized the process, adding features like a shooting gallery and shooting the rapids. Read more about the history of the game. Watch the fake trailer too, it’s really hilarious. “Nobody wants to be the carpenter!”
Well, I haven’t found a way back to amber, but you can play “The Oregon Trail” again which I have had lots of fun playing with my niece and nephew. This is a later version – full animated color! But I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Click through the link and then on the large green power button in the center of the screen of the game. Be sure to read the directions to do well on the shooting, the controls are a little different.
or with a little more difficulty play it on virtual Apple, not sure which version this is. It requires that you download the system and I had a lot more trouble getting it to come up. I’d stick with the version above, but wanted to include this one in case anyone wanted to figure it out.
Off to Oregon!
So pick everything about your trip, your departure date, your speed, what you take with you (Hint: don’t spend all your money there are ferries along the way), and everything else. Look around at the landmarks too, they are real places on the trail. Report back if you make it to Oregon.
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.