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5 stars from Electronic Entertainment.
4 1/2 stars from CD-ROM Today.
Bronze - Adventure/Role-Playing Game Title from New Media's 1996 Invision Awards
Travel Back in Time
Head west on a thrilling expedition. Journey to the Old West on trails carved by hardy pioneers. Hunt for buffalo. Barter for food and clothing. Cross treacherous rivers. Overcome hardship and disease. You'll face life or death decisions daily in this action-packed adventure.
Oregon Trail II offers endless hours of engaging play for the entire family. Choose from three levels of difficulty. Pick from 25 occupations, each with different skills. Select your year of travel, from 1840-1860, your point of departure and your final destination along the Oregon, California, and Mormon Trails. Each decision changes your experience - so your adventure westward is never the same.
Relive a momentous period in United States history
Experience the rich geography of the Old West
Wrestle with decisions and learn from your mistakes
Improve writing skills with the built-in journal
Windows: 486 or higher, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher or Windows 95, DOS 5.0 or later, 256- color SVGA display, 4MB RAM (8MB recommended), 12MB hard disk space, Double-speed CD-ROM drive, Windows-compatible sound card.
Macintosh: 68030 (LCIII or greater), 68040 or Power Macintosh recommended, System 7.1 or later, 5MB RAM (8MB recommended), 13" or larger color display (640x480, 256 colors), 12MB hard disk space, Double-speed CD-ROM drive. Accelerated for Power Macintosh.
From Electronic Entertainment, June 1995
"If your kids loved MECC's Oregon Trail, they'll want to pioneer the new Oregon Trail II. As in the original version, players begin in an East Coast city and attempt to emigrate West. But the new CD version lets them try out different routes, explore finely rendered towns and forts, visit merchants and buy supplies, talk with friendly video and animated emigrants, consult rustic maps that track their course, and peruse color photos of historical and geographical monuments.
"This time around, they also have a choice among 20 or so occupations. Young pioneers can make the game challenging by taking the role of a teacher or artist with meager funds, or they can begin at the top of the food chain as a banker or doctor with lots of money to splurge on deluxe wagons, extra mules, and native guides. Either way, it doesn't pay to be frivolous or reckless when planning your journey. Pushing your animals too hard can cause them to collapse from exhaustion. And you don't want to get stuck in the Blue Mountains during winter. Likewise, a banjo may lift the spirits, but it won't protect you from a savage blizzard. Tough decisions like these are half the fun of Oregon Trail II.
"For advice on selecting supplies and negotiating obstacles - the same ones that plagued actual emigrants 150 years ago - players will want to consult the program's extensive guide, which is an accurate, in-depth historical reference.
"No other historical title lets you live the western experience and mingle with its diverse cast of characters quite like Oregon Trail II.".
From CD-ROM Today, June 1995
"Your kids are headed West. But this is no vacation excursion. It's the summer of 1848. There's no television, no Nintendo; just bad weather, rough roads, and months of hard travel...Young players need the hearts and minds of nineteenth-century pioneers to survive this rugged journey...What hasn't changed is the game's firm understanding of the western pioneer experience. In short, The Oregon Trail II is an excellent improvement on a fine product. So, Wagons, Ho! Daylight's burning, and the trail isn't getting any shorter."
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