When I think back to my school computer lab, in the late 80’s/early 90’s, the two games that I fondly remember are “Oregon Trail” and “Number Crunchers”. Oregon Trail was my favorite game because the player determined their own success through the options and choices made while on the trail.
Should I hunt for food or keep going?
What should I purchase in this town?
What is the best way to cross this river?
At what pace should I go?
At the end of the trail was the river (the name escapes me right now) that the player to had navigate their wagon down. This was thrilling for an elementary school student 15-20 years ago!
I was excited this morning to see that “The Oregon Trail” is out now as an iPhone/iPod Touch Game! I purchased the game this morning and have not yet played it for very long (will post update soon). It seems to have a whole new set of features and the video (posted below) of the game play will give you a sense of what the game is like.
Below is the screen shot of the iTunes posting, a link for iTunes, a promo video, and some more information from Touch Arcade.
Touch Arcade has some more information and descriptions of the game…
Gameloft streamlined the initial setup for the expedition and added more events along the trail to keep the game interesting.
The official release description offers the following features:
- All of the decision-making and problem-solving fun of the original game, plus additional parameters to take the Oregon Trail experience even further than you’ve played before.
- 8 skill-based mini-games, including 2 accelerometer-based challenges: hunting, fishing, river crossing, rafting, wagon repairing, telegraph, berry picking, and gold panning.
- Random events (disease, bandits, hitchhikers, etc.) faced by real pioneers increases the challenge.
- Side-missions add more excitement to your journey, affecting your westward trek.
- Prepare for your departure: Select the members of your party, choose your departure date and purchase supplies.
(Via Touch Arcade)
Before I post an update with a review I would love to hear how you like the game, either as an iPhone/iPod Touch application (if you have purchased it) or the original desktop version!
Please share! What was your favorite “Oregon Trail” feature?