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Explore the West! Live the Adventure! Survive the Trail!
Westward, Ho! Are you ready to travel the Oregon Trail? Itâs going to take insight and careful planning to choose the right traveling companions, gear, and supplies. Even then, there are countless unpredictable hazards, like swollen rivers, poisonous creatures, and deadly diseases. Youâll have to strategize and make quick decisions. And theyâll have to be right.
Create Your Journey
Decide your occupation, who youâll take with you, and where youâre headed!
Learn From the Pioneers
Talk with pioneers - Irish, African Americans, Native Americans, and other settlers. Share their dreams, fears, and adventures.
Blaze a Trail
Ford raging rivers. Hunt, fish, and forage for food. Be a part of the taming of the wild West. From the banks of the great Mississippi to the sweeping Williamette Valley, youâll carve your own trail through an historic adventure.
Discover Jedâs Tales
Through riveting mini-movies, youâll befriend Captain Jed Freedman, an experienced fur trader who is trail-wise and a great story-teller!
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 compatible
Explore the West, live the adventure, and survive the trail! Kids will build real-life decision-making and problem-solving skills as they choose their wagon party and supplies, read maps, plan their route, and guide their team through the wilderness. Can they survive the dangers of the long journey, raging rivers, buffalo stampedes, sickness, and starvation? The trail explodes with adventure as you face the rugged challenges and experience real-life events.
Plus, The Oregon Trail 5th Edition introduces players to the Montgomery kids and trail guide Captain Jed, who are heading West from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, to meet Pa Montgomery. The Montgomery's story is brought to life for players through six exciting movies, Cassie's heartfelt journal entries, and Jed's captivating campfire tales.
Sometimes you have to take two steps back to take one step forward. That holds true for this "new" version of Oregon Trail, which is actually based on the older, more stable second edition of the game; one of the last products produced by the respected Minnesota publisher MECC. Children start their trek westward by typing in their name, profession, and the names of people in their party. They then navigate through a series of complex menus to purchase supplies and stock their wagon. Unfortunately, some of the flaws with version two have also been carried into this edition. Children often overload their wagon, and the program doesn't help them visualize what they have. Kids also have trouble with some new phrases that could be better defined, such as "caulk the wagons" and "ford the river". Along the trail, it is possible to hunt, fish and interact with characters. So what's different? At each main break in the adventure, children can listen to campfire stories about three real life children who actually traveled the Oregon Trail. Our testers loved these vignettes and felt like they helped them better understand what the journey was really like. The children's journal is also on the CD as a PDF file, which makes good reading. Despite its flaws, this edition of Oregon Trail is the best yet, and a great way to experience American history. -- From Children's Software Revue® -- "Subscribe Now!"