||Oregon Trail 3rd
||(Win95/98/Mac) (Retail) (OREGONT3DR)
For a newer version see
Oregon Trail 5th Edition
Publisher: MECC / The Learning Company
Children / Historical game
Ages: 10 to adult
Experience the adventure of The Oregon Trail and stake your claim in the Old
West. Survival hinges on the many crucial decision you'll make. With a
different outcome each time you play, there's no end to the fun to be had. But
time's a wasting. Hit the trail.
pick a team with a lot of money or strong survival skills?
on supplies or buy them along the way?
Snake River or caulk your wagon and float across?
rest when you have a cold, or continue on and risk fatal disease?
hunting and fishing or trade your remaining supplies for food?
|Plant & Animal Habitats
team and balance their skills for a successful journey.
Experience true adventure with 3D river crossings.
your food supply with 3D fishing trips and seamless, 360-degree hunting screens
Windows 95/98, Pentium 90 MHz, 30MB hard drive space, 16MB RAM, 256
color SVGA, quad speed CD-ROM drive, Windows compatible sound card, speakers.
Macintosh - System 7.5 or higher, PowerPC, 30MB hard drive space,
16MB RAM, 256 color monitor, quad speed CD-ROM drive.
Computer Shopper, March 1998
"The latest version of The Learning Co.'s popular Oregon Trail software
simulation utilizes stunning graphics and full-motion video to transport
children aged 10 and up back to the year 1848. As the leader of a wagon train
traveling from Missouri to Oregon, players make all of the important decisions
that determine the success (or failure) of their westward trek. Children learn
about the geography, indigenous people, plants, and animals of the American
West and get to practice important problem-solving skills at the same time.
"Young pioneers begin by interviewing prospective settlers. The skills,
personalities, and combined wealth of the characters chosen determines the ease
or difficulty of the long journey ahead.
"Once on the trail, players set the pace, decide when to hunt or to ford a
river, and manage supplies. Many factors affect the party's morale: An outbreak
of cholera may leave some companions weak, while a lack of fresh vegetables may
become a sore point with others. Players have to rely on their wits and an
onscreen guidebook to safely reach Oregon.
"With three skill levels and numerous character choices, the program's
replay value is high. Our testers were entranced by the often amusing
personalities of the characters and the many choices to make along the trail.
We experienced periodic audio glitches and system crashes on one of our
systems, but the program worked fine on our other test system. The company's
technical support person was cooperative, but the suggestion to download and
install new audio, video, and DirectX drivers failed to correct the problem.
"Despite some technical problems, Oregon Trail has outstanding educational
and entertaining content that will have kids and some adults diverted for
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