This is probably one of the best games I have ever played. I remember growing up with the old school Apple IIe computer at my elementary school, and during free time getting to play the Oregon Trail Game
. It was definitely one of those treats you looked forward to each time you had computer class in your day.
Starting off in Independce, and getting to pick what you started your journey with was probably one of the biggest highlights. Loading up on as much ammo as you could handle, a few oxen, many axles, some clothing, and a little food, because you of course want to hunt.
You always seem to pick those who are closest to you even though you know someone is going to die of some horrible disease.
Your journey now begins. Heading down the Oregon Trail towards the Columbia River, and the Dalles. All along the way you come across forts, rivers, hunting areas, graveyards. You have to constantly decide whether you will ford the river or pay to have it ferried across. Friendly "Indians" help you along the way and across the river. All of a sudden you break an axle, thank goodness you bought extra and can replace it. You come across a Fort. Oh what do I need to buy? Of course more ammo, to keep your hunting game alive and well,
and of course for food. A member of your party comes down with an illness, maybe/hopefully just a cold. Well let's stop and rest for a few days, but be careful don't rest too long or you won't be able to make it through the pass before winter falls. During your rest, the party member recovers, YES! Oh let's stop for a hunt. You hope to come across a bear or a dear, no more little rabbits and squirrels, who needs those. You shoot way over the limit of which you can carry in your wagon, but none the less you feel awesome about your shooting ability. Brrrr, itís starting to get cold, and there you have it, you lose a party member to typhoid fever. Great, I hope it wasn't my wife! Moving along, past Fort Robinson, heading towards the pass, to go over the Rockies or around? What a dilemma? Moving along quickly, you pass over the Rockies and just miss a terrible winter storm that you have for sure killed your entire party and your oxen. Oh no, an oxen died. Thank goodness you had a few extra to help you along the way. Now what, the Columbia or the Dalles? Oh no, another member dies of dysentery. What a terrible way to die! You've made it to the Dalles and you still have members in your party. You decide to navigate the river, and boy as a 7 year old, this was very difficult. Dodging rocks, over rapids, and around trees, you manage to complete the navigation and make it to Oregon!
Man what an incredible game that has created so many memories. My buddies and I still talk about this game and are now all trying to buy Apple IIe's and find the original game. We are getting closer!