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The '''Trail''' universe encapsulates a series of educational games primarily developed by [[MECC]], the most popular of which is ''[[The Oregon Trail]]''. Being originally created in 1971, this makes it one of the earliest video game franchises. The game was created as a learning tool to teach about North American frontier life and its success led to over a dozen official remakes, spinoffs regarding the exploration of other regions like the Amazon, Yukon, South America, and Africa, as well as many clones, fan games, and traditional board and card games. There have been dozens of ports and upgrades to the original model, so many that it's difficult to group the games effectively, but certainly the most well-known game in the series is the 1985 Apple II release.
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The '''''Trail''''' universe encapsulates a series of educational games primarily developed by [[MECC]], the most popular of which is ''[[The Oregon Trail]]''. Being originally created in 1971, this makes it one of the earliest video game franchises. The game was created as a learning tool to teach about North American frontier life and its success led to over a dozen official remakes, spinoffs regarding the exploration of other regions like the Amazon, Yukon, South America, and Africa, as well as many clones, fan games, and traditional board and card games. There have been dozens of ports and upgrades to the original model, so many that it's difficult to group the games effectively, but certainly the most well-known game in the series is the 1985 Apple II release.
  
My first experience playing a Trail game was on a Commodore 64 in elementary school around 1987. The computer was loaded with ''Expeditions'' which features a version of ''The Oregon Trail'' which predates the popular 1985 Apple II port. I know I had seen
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My first experience with a ''Trail'' game was seeing someone play the 1985 Apple II port of ''The Oregon Trail''. The first ''Trail'' time I actually played a game was in 1987, it was the 1984 Commodore 64 ''[[Oregon (video game)|Oregon]]'' port in the game ''Expedition'', itself a port of the 1980 Apple II version. I remember after seeing the primitive UI and graphics that this was clearly an inferior game, possible a knockoff of what I thought was the "original" game. I don't remember ever playing another version of ''The Oregon Trail'' throughout my early childhood. Around 1995, my cousin got a copy of ''The Yukon Trail'' which I enjoyed playing and beat. In 2019, in order to better familiarize myself with the series, I played and beat the original Macintosh port.
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My overall opinion of the series of games is that each game is interesting for about one or two play-throughs, but they quickly become boring, and don't do a very good job of teaching the player about the subject material. Other than giving the player a very general idea of what the journeys were like (travel methods, hazards, etc.), most of the informative aspects of the game are entirely optional. I think the games would have been far more effective as a teaching tool if they actually had trivia questions which would require players to read and absorb the informative bits.
  
 
==Video Games==
 
==Video Games==
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
! Released !! Title !! Platforms
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! Released !! Title !! Platforms !! Notes
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| 1971-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || HP 2100
 
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| 1974-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || CDC Cyber 70
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 1978-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || [[Apple II]]
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| 1971-12-03 || ''The Oregon Trail'' || HP 2100 || Original version. Used a teletype printout.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1980-??-?? || ''Oregon'' || Apple II
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| 1974-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || CDC Cyber 70, Sol-20, [[Atari 8-Bit]] || Minor upgrades from original.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1982-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || [[Atari 8-Bit]], [[Commodore 64]]
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| 1980-??-?? || ''[[Oregon (video game)|Oregon]]'' || Apple II, Commodore 64 || John Cook port. Added basic graphics. Published for Apple II in 1980 in ''Elementary Volume 6'' and for Commodore 64 in 1984 in ''Expeditions''.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1984-??-?? || ''[[Expeditions]]'' (''Oregon'') || Commodore 64
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| 1985-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail]]'' || Apple II, Atari 8-Bit, [[ColecoVision]], Commodore 64, [[Macintosh]], [[MS-DOS]] || Classic version.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1985-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail]]'' || Apple II, Atari 8-Bit, [[ColecoVision]], Commodore 64, [[Macintosh]], [[MS-DOS]]
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| 1992-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail Deluxe]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, [[Windows 3]] || Graphical upgrade.
 
|-
 
|-
| 1992-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail Deluxe]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, [[Windows 3]]
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| 1993-??-?? || ''[[The Amazon Trail]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows 3 ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1993-??-?? || ''[[The Amazon Trail]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows 3
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| 1994-??-?? || ''[[The Yukon Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows 3 ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1994-??-?? || ''[[The Yukon Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows 3
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| 1995-??-?? || ''[[MayaQuest: The Mystery Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows 3 ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1995-??-?? || ''[[MayaQuest Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows 3
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| 1995-??-?? || ''[[Oregon Trail II]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, [[Windows]], Windows 3 ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1995-??-?? || ''[[Oregon Trail II]]'' || Macintosh, MS-DOS, [[Windows]], Windows 3
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| 1996-??-?? || ''[[Amazon Trail II]]'' || Macintosh, Windows ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1997-??-?? || ''[[Africa Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3
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| 1997-??-?? || ''[[Africa Trail]]'' || Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3 ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1997-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 3rd Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows
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| 1997-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 3rd Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 1998-??-?? || ''[[Amazon Trail: 3rd Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows
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| 1998-??-?? || ''[[Amazon Trail: 3rd Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 2001-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 4th Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows
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| 2001-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 4th Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 2002-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 5th Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows
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| 2002-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 5th Edition]]'' || Macintosh, Windows ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 2009-03-11 || ''[[The Oregon Trail: American Settler]]'' || [[Android]], [[BlackBerry]], [[DSi]], [[iOS]], [[Windows Mobile]]
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| 2009-03-11 || ''[[The Oregon Trail: American Settler]]'' || [[Android]], [[BlackBerry]], [[DSi]], [[iOS]], [[Windows Mobile]] ||
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011-12-04 || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 40th Anniversary Edition]]'' || [[3DS]], [[Wii]]
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| 2011-12-04 || ''[[The Oregon Trail: 40th Anniversary Edition]]'' || [[3DS]], [[Wii]] ||
 
|-
 
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| 2012-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail (Windows Phone game)|The Oregon Trail]]'' || [[Windows Phone]]
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| 2012-??-?? || ''[[The Oregon Trail (Windows Phone game)|The Oregon Trail]]'' || [[Windows Phone]] ||
 
|-
 
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| 2018-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || Dedicated handheld
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| 2018-??-?? || ''The Oregon Trail'' || Dedicated handheld ||
 
|}
 
|}
  

Revision as of 15:24, 10 July 2019

The 1985 logo.

The Trail universe encapsulates a series of educational games primarily developed by MECC, the most popular of which is The Oregon Trail. Being originally created in 1971, this makes it one of the earliest video game franchises. The game was created as a learning tool to teach about North American frontier life and its success led to over a dozen official remakes, spinoffs regarding the exploration of other regions like the Amazon, Yukon, South America, and Africa, as well as many clones, fan games, and traditional board and card games. There have been dozens of ports and upgrades to the original model, so many that it's difficult to group the games effectively, but certainly the most well-known game in the series is the 1985 Apple II release.

My first experience with a Trail game was seeing someone play the 1985 Apple II port of The Oregon Trail. The first Trail time I actually played a game was in 1987, it was the 1984 Commodore 64 Oregon port in the game Expedition, itself a port of the 1980 Apple II version. I remember after seeing the primitive UI and graphics that this was clearly an inferior game, possible a knockoff of what I thought was the "original" game. I don't remember ever playing another version of The Oregon Trail throughout my early childhood. Around 1995, my cousin got a copy of The Yukon Trail which I enjoyed playing and beat. In 2019, in order to better familiarize myself with the series, I played and beat the original Macintosh port.

My overall opinion of the series of games is that each game is interesting for about one or two play-throughs, but they quickly become boring, and don't do a very good job of teaching the player about the subject material. Other than giving the player a very general idea of what the journeys were like (travel methods, hazards, etc.), most of the informative aspects of the game are entirely optional. I think the games would have been far more effective as a teaching tool if they actually had trivia questions which would require players to read and absorb the informative bits.

Video Games

Released Title Platforms Notes
1971-12-03 The Oregon Trail HP 2100 Original version. Used a teletype printout.
1974-??-?? The Oregon Trail CDC Cyber 70, Sol-20, Atari 8-Bit Minor upgrades from original.
1980-??-?? Oregon Apple II, Commodore 64 John Cook port. Added basic graphics. Published for Apple II in 1980 in Elementary Volume 6 and for Commodore 64 in 1984 in Expeditions.
1985-??-?? The Oregon Trail Apple II, Atari 8-Bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Macintosh, MS-DOS Classic version.
1992-??-?? The Oregon Trail Deluxe Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows 3 Graphical upgrade.
1993-??-?? The Amazon Trail Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows 3
1994-??-?? The Yukon Trail Macintosh, Windows 3
1995-??-?? MayaQuest: The Mystery Trail Macintosh, Windows 3
1995-??-?? Oregon Trail II Macintosh, MS-DOS, Windows, Windows 3
1996-??-?? Amazon Trail II Macintosh, Windows
1997-??-?? Africa Trail Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3
1997-??-?? The Oregon Trail: 3rd Edition Macintosh, Windows
1998-??-?? Amazon Trail: 3rd Edition Macintosh, Windows
2001-??-?? The Oregon Trail: 4th Edition Macintosh, Windows
2002-??-?? The Oregon Trail: 5th Edition Macintosh, Windows
2009-03-11 The Oregon Trail: American Settler Android, BlackBerry, DSi, iOS, Windows Mobile
2011-12-04 The Oregon Trail: 40th Anniversary Edition 3DS, Wii
2012-??-?? The Oregon Trail Windows Phone
2018-??-?? The Oregon Trail Dedicated handheld

Others

  • The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley
  • The Oregon Trail: Card Game
  • The Oregon Trail: Hunt For Food
  • The Organ Trail (zombie themed)

Links

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