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The Games We Played – Oregon Trail

The Games We Played – Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail (Image courtesy MAKE: Blog)
By Andrew Liszewski

Well, with a bastardized updated version of Oregon Trail coming to the iPhone at the end of the month, I thought it was only fitting that this week’s ‘The Games We Played’ should cover that classic title that taught us all how easy it was to lose family members to dysentery.

But, I thought I’d do something different this week. Instead of reminiscing about the thousands upon thousands of buffalo I killed (while only carrying 100 pounds of meat back to my dying family) I figured the trip down memory lane would be a lot funner for all of us by simply playing the game again. So if you head on over to, you’ll actually be able to enjoy a Java port of Oregon Trail right in your web browser. Now you’ll need to have Java installed, but that’s a minor inconvenience to spend some quality time with an old friend. Just be careful on those river crossings!

[ Virtual Apple 2 – Oregon Trail ] VIA [ MAKE: Blog ]

  • mcman

    I just plated it and scored over 3000. Pretty good for first time. I got to put the proud name of Dick Nixon on the leader board.

  • Blairf Felgenheimer

    I first played Oregon Trail in 1978 when it was a game on the University [ of Minnesota where the game originated ] mainframe computers BBS. We dialed into it with our schools 300 baud phone mux'ed tele-terminal and had the option to copy the game 'code' to punch tape to play later. As you can guess the game back then was all text and basically challenged you to speed typing and managing rations over time. Not many games can claim the long lasting fame of Oregon Trail.

  • Walt

    You have died of dysentery.

  • I've tried to play this game some time ago. a good game to fill the days of leisure

    tukang nggame

  • I've tried to play this game some time ago. a good game to fill the days of leisure

    tukang nggame