It’s 1985, I am sitting in computer class in front of a Commodore 64. I spend hours over the course of days typing in code to make random blocks on the screen change colors, not the most exciting thing to do and then I am introduced in The Oregon Trail Game, a true game changer. The setting of the game is 19th Century Pioneering life. Travelling The Oregon Trail, hunting, trying to survive and many times dying from typhoid, dysentery and even drowning, at the time it was the coolest thing around. As you can imagine I was excited to hear from Pressman Toys that they were releasing a board game version, The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley.
The setting is the same, your family has joined a wagon train leaving from Independence, MO, heading west to find your fortune! The game progresses as you place tiles to discover the trails, rivers, forts, and towns ahead of you and will move you through to this new land. Of course like the original, it is not all fun and games on this scenic journey. We encountered disease, drowning, rattlesnakes and other hazards plaguing us along the way. The need to survive is still there so you will hunt for food avoid starvation, as in real life there are choices to be made because you have limited space in the wagon, you may need to choose between supplies and family members to keep moving along the trail. Eventually, you find yourself safe, in Willamette Valley and ready to strike it rich! It’s time to relive those fond memories of one of the world’s most beloved computer games as you race your friends to victory in “The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley.” The game is made for 2-4 players, ages 14 and up. You can find The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley exclusively at Target here.
- 1 Game Board
- 48 Trail Tiles
- 32 Coins
- 1 Die
- 1 Hunting Stand
- Cards: 25 Hunting, 60 Calamities, 8 Wagon Upgrades, 8 Market Pieces
- 50 Small Supplies: 12 Pistols, 10 Compasses, 10 Medicine, 40 Meat
- 20 Large Supplies: 4 Shotguns, 6 Wagon Parts, 6 Winter Clothes, 4 Hitchhikers
- Player Pieces: 4 Wagons, 4 Boards, 4 Purple Family Members, 4 Yellow Family Members, 4 Red Family Members, 4 Blue Family Members
- Complete Instructions
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