The original Oregon Trail game from ages ago was an educational fun experience, and this version definitely continues the tradition. When I downloaded this game I expected the same old game all over again. I’m happy to report I was wrong. All the fun original game content has been vastly improved for a more complex system. The fun mini games like hunting are still involved, but are far more interesting. The new Oregon Trail involves far more dynamics, the need for various supplies and perishables. They have honestly taken the educational portion of it from a second grade level to PHD status. You need to know which items are needed for which problems you incur along the way. As well as how to avoid certain situations all together. All this has to be done while still managing your funds and completing quests. So hopefully you are a survival expert, a doctor, a CPA, and various other professions all rolled into one. Maybe I’m not up with the times, but I’m not sure I would have been able to pull off this Oregon Trail at the age I first played it, which was… Never mind. It’s a good game.
Oregon Trail Walkthrough / Guide
They have made this game so complex there’s a wiki for it now. This new and updated version has so many in’s and out’s that you will probably need the wiki if you are going to play it. There are tons of different types of medicines and foods that go along with different needs and ailments that your party requires. For example if someone breaks a bone you will need a splint. I believe in the old game you just needed “medicine”. There are also enhancement items that help you get more of certain things. For example when you go fishing, adding worms to your hook (which you have to purchase) gives you extra poundage of fish caught. You also have to maintain your wagon and oxen as you go through the game. If travel at a grueling pace the whole way your oxen and wagon will likely need replacing. There is a wear/tear meter on the top left hand side of the screen. It shows food status, group health and wagon status. If any of them drop too far you’ve got issues. With most games now a days it does include a tutorial as you start the game. If you are serious about playing then PAY ATTENTION. The tutorial in this game is VERY informative and you aren’t going to want to miss anything.
Graphics: Good. Cartoon style graphics encompass the whole game. All the mini games and such are great as well.
Sound/Music: All very good.
Pros: I never though of Oregon Trail as a role playing game when I played it, but looking back on it, it definitely is. It’s complexity and addictiveness is what many people are looking for. Plus with a great story that many adults even enjoy this is a great pick. Kid’s are also quite entertained by it as well.
Cons: Complexity. With a complex game you get complex and addictive issues. The game is great, and therefore you may have trouble putting it down.
Addiction level: High. Gameloft rarely distributes anything that is not.
Developer: Gameloft S.A.