The Game of the Past

Have you ever been bored out of your mind?  Well, have you ever played the game “The Oregon Trail.”  It is a game that takes you back to the early settlers of the 1800’s with many different types of scenery for you to see.  You get to travel 2,100 miles with a group of 5 people and depending on the difficulty, you could score a super high amount of points or a very low amount. 

You begin with the screen to the right, the can go through many options but you start by traveling the trail. Once you begin you can pick between a banker, carpenter, or a farmer.  These three different selections are the difficulties and decide how much money you have to spend at the beginning of the game.  The banker gives you $1600 to begin with to buy supplies like ox and clothes, all the way to food and ammo.  The carpenter has $800 to spend and the farmer has $400 to use for supplies. 

Once you buy all the supplies you need to travel the trail, you need to pick which month you are leaving.  You are given the chance to leave from March, all the way till July.  I would recommend leaving around May so that you can be ready before the winter hits and you can still hunt whenever you run low on food.  After you begin you head towards the first fort.  These forts you can trade with people for things that you may not have or be low on.  But there are multiple of these that you can also buy stuff from the shop, so it’s better if you don’t go and spend all of your money at the start. Once you get going you can change your pace and how much of your food you eat per day.  The funniest thing about this is that you can catch diseases depending on how you run and how healthy your people are. 

So you play through the game and you make decisions, fix your cart, and maybe lose a few people. You reach the end and you can either take the river or you can finish by walking the rest of the way to Oregon.  The funnest part about the river is that you get to control how you go through it and it is even a little faster than walking. But even when you are entirely finished you will be scored on how you did.  It will take all the supplies you have left and add it together to give you a score, and a bonus that you can earn is if you take the farmer or carpenter route, your score will multiply by two. 

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial/sneak peek of The Oregon Trail, now why don’t you go try it out for yourself with some friends and try to get the high score!

Kyger Peay

Kyger Peay is one of the many juniors of Juab high school. This is his second year taking journalism, pushing to show off what JHS is all about. Kyger also takes part in track and is a part of the football team. In his free time he will either find him driving around with his friends having a good time, or hanging around at home.