If you’re a ’90s kid like I am (and like a lot of Facebook management is too), you probably remember playing The Oregon Trail in class. The game was so awesome because you got to hunt animals, battle diseases and snakebites, and drive a covered wagon.
Well now we’re all grown up, and if we’re lucky, we just might be able to play The Oregon Trail during work. The game is coming to Facebook starting on February 2.
The computer game was first introduced to teach school kids about pioneer life on the Oregon Trail by three student teachers at Carleton College in Minnesota in 1971. Now, developer Blue Fang Games and publisher The Learning Company promise to bring back all those rabbits, small pox, and covered wagons to Facebook users.
Purists, rest assured, The Learning Company assures fans the latest edition of the game will be true to the original version. The developers are also creating a remake of another classic game, “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego,” out a week later on February 9. But it’s the Oregon Trail that really has us excited. Click here for a video and screen shots of the upcoming game.
I noticed there are a ton of Oregon Trail related groups on Facebook, some with humorous titles like, “Oregon Trail (aka-i just tried to ford the river and my fu%^#& oxen died)” and “The buffalo are endangered cuz I played too much Oregon Trail in school.” I’m guessing the app will be pretty successful – and for those of us that miss the 90s, provide us with a bit of nostalgic fun. Just as long as we don’t die from small pox first.