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‘The Oregon Trail’ Handheld Game

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To this day, at the ripe old age of 35, I have very clear childhood recollections of playing The Oregon Trail on an Apple II machine in our elementary school’s computer lab. It was always kind of a rushed affair, because we had to wait until the end of class (usually the last 10–15 minutes) before we were allowed to pick a game and play until the bell rang.

I never actually got to complete the thing — my family would always die of something, or we’d drown trying to cross a river, or something. So, most of my fun came from the hunting mini-game.

Ahh, memories.

I know that The Oregon Trail has existed in many forms since those days, from board games to card games (“Features 5 New Ways to Die!” ?) to choose-your-own-adventure books (my son has these and loves them) — but for me, nothing beats that old-school (pun intended) pixelated experience.

Which is all to frame why I was excited to discover this handheld version of the DOS game, which to my knowledge is normally a $25 Target exclusive (except it’s apparently no longer available there, either in stores or on their website).

In any case, this is the real-deal, full-color, feature-complete game I remember from my youth, now able to fit in the palm of my hand! All the original sounds are in there and everything. So cool.

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Get the handheld edition for just $25 on Amazon.

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