Parents' Guide to

The Oregon Trail

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Classic history game now fun on Wii and 3DS.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

NOT Educational, BUT fun!

I remember playing this game as a child and although it was quite fun (not sure how much my kid would like it now with all the other, more sophisticated options) it is really not an educational game. In fact, I am pretty disappointed in the kind of "educational" games kids have these days considering the tech capabilities.

Is It Any Good?

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The Oregon Trail is the latest version of the game that has, for 40 years, provided insight to players about the trials and excitement of crossing the real-life Oregon Trail. Players can play through multiple versions of the trail with different background storylines, each representing one facet of the impacts of and reasons for embarking on the arduous journey. There is also an added gameplay element in that players actually control the driving of their wagon and must avoid obstacles along the way. It is a very well made re-invisioning of the classic computer game, and although its graphics, soundtrack, and gameplay mechanics would hardly stand up to any other modern video game, the presentation of human emotion and the adrenaline of making it to the end of the trail live up to what anyone who has played a previous version of The Oregon Trail has come to expect.

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