Oregon Trail…card game or computer game?

Tabby B. and Lexi B.

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   The Oregon Trail is a computer game that was released in 1971 and a card game that was released in 2016. Depending on your preference, this can be a very enjoyable and exciting game or a very boring and difficult game. We tried both of these versions to compare and contrast their similarities and differences. There are many diseases and setbacks in the Oregon Trail, card game and computer game.

     The card game is played by putting trail cards together. You have to match one of your cards to the card placed before so the trail lines up. You can have up to six members in your party. You start in Independence, Missouri and have to make your way to Willamette Valley, Oregon. The goal of the game is to get to Oregon before everyone in your party dies. There are many diseases and difficulties along the way that prolong your travel. If you place a trail card that says “draw a calamity card,” you then have to draw a calamity card (disaster card) which will often give you a disease or on occasions a broken wagon tongue, broken axle, or broken wheel. In our opinion we enjoyed this game a lot and think it’s a nice game to play anytime.

     This computer game is played by buying foods, clothing, ammunition, and spare parts. You have to choose what job you’d like and where you would like to be from before selecting the five members of your party. You can choose how large you want your meals to be and how many pounds of food to buy. You can buy any amount of supplies. You then choose how you would like to cross rivers in hopes that not everyone from your party will die. If you get to the end, it will congratulate you for making your way to Oregon. Then, the game will reset.

     We like both of these versions but our editor, Lexi, says she likes the computer game a bit better. Our feature fiction writer, Tabby, enjoys the card game a bit better. These games have differences, but have overall the same concept. The Oregon Trail computer game has a wider variety of choices, as you get to choose the supplies you get. The Oregon Trail card game is different, you get dealt the cards, you don’t get to chose. We would say that The Oregon Trail card game is a more modern version of The Oregon Trail computer game.

     Overall, we really enjoy both of these games. Despite the date of the older computer game, it is still fun. We recommend this game to anyone who has nothing to do or just has free time. I hoped this article helped you learn about a new enjoyable game to play!

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4 Responses to “Oregon Trail…card game or computer game?”

  1. Will D on January 30th, 2018 9:13 am

    Great article guys this is so cool

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  2. SheaTheGreatSmith on January 30th, 2018 9:14 am

    This article explains the game really well! Good job!

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  3. Mckenzie S. on January 30th, 2018 1:27 pm

    Good Job

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  4. Tony T. on January 30th, 2018 1:36 pm

    This is a great article and makes me want to play the game.

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