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Oregon Trail, Dude!

April 27, 2005

Do you remember that old school game called Oregon Trail?

Try taking a journey by covered wagon across 2000 miles of plains, rivers, and mountains. Try! On the plains, will you slosh your oxen through mud and water-filled ruts or will you plod through dust six inches deep?

How will you cross the rivers? If you have money, you might take a ferry (if there is a ferry). Or, you can ford the river and hope you and your wagon aren't swallowed alive!

What about supplies? Well, if you're low on food you can hunt. You might get a buffalo... you might. And there are bear in the mountains.

At the Dalles, you can try navigating the Columbia River, but if running the rapids with a makeshift raft makes you queasy, better take the Barlow Road.

If for some reason you don't survive -- your wagon burns, or thieves steal your oxen, or you run out of provisions, or you die of cholera -- don't give up! Try again... and again... until your name is up with the others on The Oregon Trail Top Ten.

I was thinking about it this weekend - I was in fifth grade with the most evil teacher ever. All we ever did was play the Oregon Trail. All the time... and you always died:


Oregon Trail is definitely a cultural icon for people my age. Did you younger folks ever play it?

If not... here's your chance!!!

PLAY the coolest game ever. (If you are 12.) It's not exactly the same as the old school version but... you get the gist.

Moira at 06:23 PM :: Comments (5) :: ::

Hey, just because I'm younger doesn't mean I don't remember it. That was the cool thing to play back in elementary school gifted room!

Posted by: Evan at April 27, 2005 08:37 PM

Wowie, those ancient Apple computers with floppy disks that were actually floppy... Huh! I remember playing that and Word Munchers till I couldn't see straight. In elementary school, we would pick our crushes to be our husbands in the game and name kids after our best friends. Awh, isn't that cute? ;-)

Posted by: Karissa at April 28, 2005 11:08 AM

Sweet! You do remember the game! I remember playing it in fifth grade so I wasn't sure if you younguns would know it or not ;c)

Evan - I remember playing on this old Apple computers in the gifted room back in the day - The little tiny black moniters with green wavy letters... ah.. that was the life.

Karissa - Word Munchers! I remember that game too! Sweet! Yeah, I remember you'd always name the people after your crushes / enemies - hope your crushes made it and your enemies perished. ;c)

Posted by: moira at April 28, 2005 11:55 AM

The Cellar Dwellers, last November, presented a show called "Origami Trail" and featured three whole skits devoted to that old Apple II game! We turned the Oregon Trail game into episodes of the Real World.

The show went over well, but the folks that really appreciated it were those who have played the game. It was full of crazy references.

On another note, I still have Oregon Trail on my PowerMac. Apples can still play that stuff.

Posted by: Mike at April 28, 2005 02:11 PM

Nice! How awesome that you can still play the old fave... I would have liked to see your skits on the game - Sounds fabulous!

Posted by: moira at April 28, 2005 03:53 PM
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