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Oregon Trail Comes To The iPhone, Loses Charm

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By Evan Ackerman

You shot 1342 pounds of meat but were only able to carry 100 pounds back to the wagon.

Your wagon tipped over while fording the river. You lose 3 oxen.

You have died of dysentery.

Ah, Oregon Trail on the Apple II. Possibly one of the best games of all time, the beginning of compuedutainment, and the one thing above all else that convinced me that maybe these computer boxes really did have some potential. And now it’s come full circle, with Oregon Trail on the iPhone.

Except, it’s not. It’s some sort of re-imagining by developer Gameloft. Details are nonexistent beyond four screenshots and an app store availability date of February 28th. Now, I personally feel like the graphics were part of the charm and hence the appeal of the original, and I imagine a direct port would be far more popular than whatever this cartoony thing turns out to be. But what do I know… I still have a good time playing Doom. Three more screenshots, after the jump.

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By the way, if you have no idea what I’m going on about here, you can play Oregon Trail online using Java here.

[ IGN ] VIA [ LA Times ]







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  • mrbrockpeters

    It’s reasonable that it won’t be as good as you remembered it on an Apple II.