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The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition: Pioneer Adventures

The Oregon Trail 3rd Edition: Pioneer Adventures

1998 Software
Ages: 10 & Up
Price: $49.95
Review:
“How the West Was Fun” would be an apt subtitle for this third rendition of the acclaimed educational game simulating the trials and tribulations of a mid-1800s wagon train journeying Westward. Once again, though, it’s survival of the fittest. Every dizzying decision, from how to treat snakebites to where to cross raging rivers, could be your last or your best. A cast of characters can steer you in the right direction—or not. It’s a movable feast or famine when the supplies you purchased run low and you have to live off the land, picking berries and nuts and herbs, hunting and (new to this series!) fishing. There’s hellish hail storms, yucky yellow fever, and brutal buffalo stampedes, among a hundred wicked surprises and setbacks along the way to Oregon City. One other warning: This dusty old trail has gone state-of-the-art. To experience the awesome full-motion video, photo-realistic graphics and real-time, 3D, first-person perspective on history that so dramatically raises the stakes in its pioneering portrayal, you’ll need either a Pentium or Power Mac pulling your wagon.
Don Oldenburg   ©1998 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.


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