One of the most recognized video game from the early PC days is “The Oregon Trail”.  Some say that RPG games that came after were built from the gameplay of “The Oregon Trail”.  The original game was released in 1971 for the HP 2100 PC. Almost every year after it was developed for such computers as the Apple II and the Commodore 64.  Soon after it was available for MS DOS and Windows platforms. A cell phone version of the game is similar to the original, but varies in that the player can choose one of three different wagons:

The first game was originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach 8th grade schoolchildren about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. The player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding a party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon’s Willamette Valley via a covered wagon in 1848.

] The Oregon Trail was extremely successful, and along with successive versions of the game it sold over 65 million copies.[

The Oregon Trail will cost $29.99 on the Nintendo eShop. The Release date is no know as of yet.

Todd Friedman Todd Friedman (403 Posts)

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the retro gaming community and has co-promoted the Video Game Summit in Chicago, IL for the past 16 years. He also has published 2 books and written for various different gaming magazines including Old School Gamer.