The Oregon Trail Game

The Oregon Trail game is a computer game originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding his party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon's Willamette Valley over the Oregon Trail via a Conestoga wagon in 1848. The Oregon Trail debuted to Rawitsch's class on 3 December 1971. The game became one of the network's most popular programs, with thousands of players monthly.

The game was further released as part of MECC's Elementary series, on Elementary Volume 6 in 1980. The game was titled simply Oregon, and featured minimal graphics. An updated version, Oregon Trail Deluxe, was released for DOS in 1992, followed by Oregon Trail II in 1995, The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition in 1997, and 4th and 5th editions. As of 2011, more than 65 million copies of The Oregon Trail game have been sold.

An important aspect of the game was the ability to hunt. In later versions, players hunted with a crosshair controlled by the mouse. In 2007, Thule corporation created Thule Trail as a promotional tool. In 2008, the band Fall Out Boy released a similarly altered version of the game, "Fall Out Boy Trail," to promote the release of the Folie à Deux.

The Oregon Trail Game Editions

  • 1981 to 1985 The Oregon Trail (Apple II)
  • 1992 The Oregon Trail (Macintosh)
  • 1992 The Oregon Trail Deluxe (DOS)
  • 1993-96 The Oregon Trail Ver 1.2 (Windows)
  • 1996 The Oregon Trail II (Windows)
  • 1997 The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition (Windows)
  • 2001 The Oregon Trail 4th Edition (Windows)
  • 2011 The Oregon Trail (Nintendo 3DS)
  • The Oregon Trail 5th Edition (Windows)
  • The Oregon Trail: Mobile Edition (iPhone, iPod Touch)
  • The Oregon Trail for Facebook

On November 11, 2010, an Xbox Live version was released on Windows Phone 7. Unlike the computer version of the game, players in the iPhone and iPod Touch version do not need to buy guns and bullets.

On December 28, 2009, a Nintendo DSi DSiWare version of the game was released in North America. On February 2, 2011, a new version of Oregon Trail was released on the social networking site Facebook. If you want to play The Oregon Trail game on facebook, you can click the link below:

Oregon Trail Game on Facebook

The Oregon Trail Game on Facebook
Oregon Trail Game on Facebook