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Vintage Gaming – Jackie has what??

Jackie should have washed her hands

Entire generations grew up with an appreciation for hygiene, and for the legendary hardships of travel by Conestoga wagon thanks to floppy discs of the Oregon Trail.

In case you have been hiding under a rock since Apollo 14 the educational game entailed leading a party of Pioneering settlers in covered wagons from Independence Missouri, to Willamette Oregon via the infamous route. In a choose-your-own story format, the outcome greatly depended on the choices you made along with skill and a little luck.

Widely played on vintage machines such as DOS, Windows, Apple II, Macintosh and even the trusty Commodore 64, this game has had staying power like no others. Developed in 1971, The Oregon trail will be celebrating it’s 40th anniversary next year.

And now, you can experience this game just like the good old days on an Apple II emulator over at virtualapple.org. They’ve got Oregon Trail, along with lots of other titles. There’s even a virtual-Atari section if you can figure out the controls.


[images courtesy of ohgizmo and myfoodlooksfunny]

  • Ah yes, the eternal struggle:

    Banker from Boston?
    Carpenter from Ohio?
    Farmer from Illinois?

    In the end it didn't matter, none could defeat the Plumber from Mushroomland.

  • IronBallsMcG

    They've got Lemonade Stand too!
    There goes my free time.

  • The Oregon Trail was my computer game of choice for so many formative years. I still fear typhoid and dysentery. I killed so many wives. And those poor kids! I was a terrible father. But the oxen usually made it, so that's good.

  • I'm afraid to click on that link for the virtual Apple… I can hear the sound of time being sucked away from here.
    At the risk of being banned from this site, I have to admit this is the first I've heard of this game. I did spend my formative year under a rock in France using a Thomson TO8, so that may explain things.

    By the way, anybody interested on a write up about the TO8, TO7, MO5 and other AZERTY only, socialist government funded French personal computers?

    • Deartháir

      Yes. Send it in!

      • dwegmull

        Now we both know what I will be doing on Sunday…

  • dwegmull

    I accidentally clicked on the thumb down icon next to your post… Sorry. I meant to click the thumb up, but now my vote is apparently final, so I can't change it.

    • You're a jerk! I hate you!

      Just kidding. No biggie. 😉

    • Deartháir

      There, I cancelled your vote out with my thumbs-up. Peace and harmony have returned to our realm! A new era of prosperity is upon us!

  • discontinuuity

    I always tried to kill all my party as soon as possible. Those grave markers along the trail were like a high-score board to me, with the "best" scores closest to Missouri. The key was to be a banker but buy nothing, go at the fastest pace possible, and attempt to float across every river. It was some time before I actually tried to get all the way to Oregon.

  • dwegmull

    I'm afraid to click on that link for the virtual Apple… I can hear the sound of time being sucked away from here.

  • I have to send Battle Chess to my sister, who is a brilliant chess player, and could beat the computer even with the later Chessmaster games. I, on the other hand, begin losing immediately after teaching the rules to a new player. I was much better at Super Munchers, but looking back, that was frighteningly a question of memorization rather than actually learning anything.

  • There's an Easter-egg underneath the caek photo. (Highlight the back bar)

  • fisheater

    My mates and I use to play drinking games to this in college. I ran an emulated version on my computer running at 3 times normal game speed. It made the music and animations very amusing. We would name everyone who was plying in the game, set the fastest pace and least amount of food. When you died (you always died) you drank and were out of the game. Last man standing was the winner; if you call that winning at least. The best part was playing the game again at a later date and finding all the crypto-drunk messages on the graves. For some reason none of the girls ever wanted to play with us.

  • Did anyone ever play Wagon Train?

    It was a networked version of Oregon Trail, where you could team up with others. You could trade stuff (and people?) back and forth between wagon parties. I think there were other benefits, but I don't remember what. Fun times on the networked Macs in my Jr High computer lab.

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