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The Oregon Trail (2021) is a narrative adventure game where you journey through America as a 19th-century pioneer. Originally a classic educational game used in US schools, you manage a party of adventurers who face trials and tribulations on the road to Oregon. It stands out as a historical educational game that is actually fun and engaging to play.

You play as the leader of a travelling party trying to get to Oregon before winter. Play involves managing resources, making tough decisions that affect your team, and dealing with a host of unexpected dangers like blizzards, river crossings and starvation. You hunt for food in minigames and encounter Native Americans and other historical figures to trade with.

As you progress, supplies and money run low so you are forced to make sacrifices to survive. Sometimes these decisions are brutal. For example, choosing which team member to leave behind to preserve resources. Your wagon's storage deteriorates over time, so you need to manage your inventory to ensure no items get lost on the road.

This results in an adventure where dire situations are inevitable. The fun lies in working to get your team to their new life in Oregon, losing as few as possible to the challenges you face along the way.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Oregon Trail 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Joe Eaton and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Narrative game with Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 and a half hours and 7 hours to complete. Playing multiple times offers different experiences since much of the game relies on random events.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence. This game features a hunting mini-game in which players walk around, seen from a top-down view, and shoot animals for meat, using a rifle. Animals blink when hit and fall onto the ground when killed. Their bodies remain there for the rest of the mini-game. There is no blood and the violence is non-detailed and unrealistic in nature.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players may struggle to make tricky sacrifices and may find it hard to deal with random events that can jeopardise a playthrough.


The Oregon Trail usually costs £24.99 to £26.99. 

The Oregon Trail

XBox StoreSALE Xbox X|S £24.99 £14.99 until 01/08/2024
XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £24.99 £14.99 until 01/08/2024
XBox StoreSALE PC £24.99 £14.99 until 01/08/2024
Switch Store Switch £26.99
Steam StoreSALE PC £24.99 £14.99 until 29/07/2024
PlayStation Store PS5 £24.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99
App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can purchase extra content on PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch.

The original game was released on PC in 1975, with multiple editions of The Oregon Trail released for other platforms much later including The Oregon Trail (2011) for Wii, 3DS. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/04/2021, updated in 2024

Price: 40% off

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative (Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather

Developer: Gameloft (@Gameloft)

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