The Oregon Trail: American Settler
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Oregon Trail: American Settler, a follow-up to The Oregon Trail, is a city- building sim that depicts pioneer life in the 1800s. It takes place after the family has completed its treacherous journey and arrived in Oregon ready to settle down. Players can shoot animals for extra food, but there is no blood and participation in the mini-game is optional. The game is free to play, but players can speed up the game and purchase exclusive items by paying real cash. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to strangers, including the ability to text chat online with others.
What kids can learn
- historical figures
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
Strikingly similar to the social game FrontierVille, this new version of the classic Oregon Trail game is polished and enjoyable but much more designed for pure entertainment than edutainment.
Kids are still empowered to decide how to deal with random events, but now the choice is whether to pay; "best" solutions cost premium currency; second-best, in-game gold; and third-best are free but cause negative outcomes.
The controls are menu-driven and intuitive and make great use of the touchscreen. The Gameloft Live! opt-in feature allows players to connect to other players and to text-chat online.
What's it about?
The Oregon Trail: American Settler offers an experience similar to social games like FrontierVille. In this simulation game, players create a frontier homestead by adding buildings, tending crops and animals, and maintaining settlers' happiness. Players can join Gameloft's social network, Gameloft Live!, to recruit neighbors and share status updates.
Is it any good?
THE OREGON TRAIL: AMERICAN SETTLER is far removed from both the original educational classroom PC simulation of the 1970s, and the Oregon Trail app. Instead, it bears a striking resemblance to the social game FrontierVille, complete with prompts to invite friends to the Gameloft Live! social network to become neighbors, buy the game's premium currency, and share status updates. The game is polished and enjoyable, but is much more designed for pure entertainment rather than edutainment.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Learn more about some of the historical figures players meet in the tavern. What role did they play in American history and frontier life?
Take your kids to a visit a pioneer village or watch a historical reenactment. You can find pioneer reenactments on YouTube!