I love games that touch on a note of nostalgia. That’s why when I found out that The Oregon Trail
was being gussied up and released on the Wii and Nintendo 3DS for the 40th Anniversary of the game, I was nearly beside myself with giddiness.
I remember many hours of Oregon Trail game play – back when it was on a 5-1/4″ floppy! – during my elementary school years. For those that may not be aware of this classic, the Oregon Trail is set in the mid-1800s and lets players assume the role of a wagon pioneer guiding a party of settlers westward from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, while they follow the Oregon Trail. It’s a great game on so many levels, because in addition to the fun factor, there is also luck, logic and skill involved. Do you bring an extra 200 pounds of meat in case you can’t find anything to forage or hunt (and risk over-extending your oxen)? Should I rest an extra day so that a case of the sniffles doesn’t turn in to cholera (but risk the water being too high at the next ford crossing)?
Since it’s release in 1971, more than 65 million copies of the highly popular game have been sold. And now The game has now been modernized for play on the Wii and Nintendo 3DS systems: for the first time, players can drive the wagon on the trail (shaking the Wiimote is like cracking your whip, and you steer with the nunchuck). You can also customize the design of your wagon. In addition to steering, you can also still enjoy the standard features like hunting, foraging, fishing, trading, river fording, and interacting with travelers along the way.
If you’re looking for amazing graphics and complex game play, you’re probably going to be disappointed. It retains the more simple “old-school” feel of the original, which is one of the things that makes it so great. It’s like enjoying a piece of history….while actually reliving history, too.
Want your own copy? This new version of The Learning Company’s classic educational action adventure game is available for a SRP of $19.99 (Wii version)
and $29.99 (3DS version)
. The Oregon Trail is rated E-10+. Or you can win one from me! One winner will receive an Oregon Trail game for either platform.
I received a product in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% mine and my family’s.