A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Most of the quests are designed to help your wagon caravan make it to Oregon by making repairs, finding food, healing sicknesses, and guiding them through treacherous terrain.
Positive Role Models
The characters that appear in the game are typically helpful, and players also get to interact with famous historical figures.
Ease of Play
The controls are simple and explained through tutorials. The hunting mini-game requires moderate reflexes.
Violence & Scariness
Players can buy guns to fend off bandits, and can also shoot animals for food in a hunting mini-game. When shot, the animals turn into pieces of meat.
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Products & Purchases
Like most Facebook games, there are two types of cash: one that is earned in the game and one that must be purchased with real money or by participating in offers. The premium currency can be used to instantly refill stamina and energy, purchase special items, unlock content earlier, and select the best outcomes in multiple choice situations.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can visit saloons and talk to the bartender.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Oregon Trail is a Facebook adaptation of the classic educational sim for PC that lets kids experience what it was like to lead a wagon train west from Missouri to Oregon in the 1800s. The game is free to play, but players can spend real-world cash or participate in special offers to advance more quickly. Players can buy guns to fend off bandits, and there's a mini-game that lets them hunt for food by shooting animals to turn them into pieces of meat. Characters can die in the game from starvation or disease. While this game will be attractive to kids as young as age 9, since it is on Facebook, which has an age gate of 13, they will not be able to play.
Is It Any Good?
In the Facebook version of The Oregon Trail, actions require energy and stamina to perform, which are reflected on meters. Once both meters are depleted, you can't continue until they are recharged, which can take a few hours of real time or can happen instantly by buying the game's premium currency, Trail Notes. As a result, where the PC version of the game emphasized planning and decision-making, the Facebook version of The Oregon Trail is less about choosing the best response to the situation and more about balancing energy, stamina, and food until you reach the next checkpoint. Choosing the best outcome to a situation typically involves spending Trail Notes. This is a major shift in the game, and one that makes it highly commercial.
The Oregon Trail is still packed with interesting historical information and has a polished and fun appearance, but the social features designed to entice players to fork over real-world cash serve to make the game more tedious and less fun than the original.
Online interaction: Players can see which of their Facebook friends are also playing the game without having to manually invite them. Friends can send each other messages and view their progress along the trail on an overhead map. Before setting out, players can select any of their Facebook friends to be part of the wagon caravan.
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