That’s right, grab your gun and circle the wagons—the iconic pioneer game is back! This week, The Internet Archive released more than 2,000 old MS-DOS games from the 80’s and 90’s, so now you can play all of your pixelated favorites online, for free, including The Oregon Trail.
Here are 5 reasons why we can’t wait to boot up and travel the trail all over again.
1) Stocking up: Whether it’s wagon wheels, axels, or extra ammunition—but let's be real, it's always extra ammunition—we can get everything at Matt’s General store before we start your journey in Independence, Missouri. Where else can one buy 2000 pounds of food and oxen by the yoke?
2) Hunting: While squirrels are faster and more fun to shoot, killing buffalo and deer might be more bang for our buck. With a trusty rifle and mad spacebar skills, even seven-year olds can be sharpshooters, but remember: don’t bag more than those poor oxen can carry. Wait. Can we shoot the oxen?
3) Diseases: Who knew death could be so…educational? Not only do we get to learn about diseases like dysentery, typhoid, and cholera, we also get to compose an original epitaph on your tombstone. Heavy, man.
4) Rafting: The Oregon Trail is all about choices, but by the time the trail divides at The Dalles it’s a no brainer. Barlow Toll Road, or navigate downriver through raging rapids on a tiny raft? Roll on Columbia, but watch out for rocks!
5) Making it: Travelling to Oregon isn’t easy, but after 45 minutes of tragedy and turmoil, reaching the Willamette Valley is worth it. We get a satisfying feeling at the end when the game announces: “Congratulations! You have made it to Oregon!” And Portlanders get extra points because we actually have.