Title: The Oregon Trail II
Playing Time: Approximately 1-2
hours. Time varies accoring to decisions made.
Cost: $ 89.95 http://www.cdromshop.com/cdshop/desc/p.772040753870.html
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:
Subject Area: English - creative
writing Grades 7-8
Objectives: Partners will
compose an adventure story which will include setting, character, plot,
and theme, and will refer to data received during the computer game activity.
Brief Description: Player
buys supplies, leaves town to go west in a wagon train, and makes decisions
along the way that affect the outcome of the game.
Entry Capabilities Required:
Some prior knowledge of the time period would be helpful.
Relevance to objectives: 4
This is very relevant to the objectives stated above. The students
would gain names of people and places as well as gain ideas for plots and
themes to integrate into their own story.
You had to think about where you were, and the problems you were facing,
to make decisions. The sound effects, graphics, and options are very
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 This game would improve creative thinking and would help to get
them started. It could be used along with a history lesson which
would make it even more relevant.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
5 I think this software would definitely maintain their interest.
They will want to "stick with it" until the end to see how the decisions
they make work out and to look back to decide what they could do differently
the next time.
Likely to be comprehended clearly:
5 Everything was clear and concise.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 The pictures were very clear and the music and voice had good quality
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 4 Reaching
the end of the game depends on the decisions made.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4
This game gives accurate facts and a clear depiction of what life was like
in the old west.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
4 I did a new game and a fast start game. I had a hard time
getting out of town with the new game. With the fast start they give
you the supplies to start with and you start immediately on the trail.
I think it is a very good game.
Clear directions for play:
3 I think it is necessary to read the directions in the book before
playing the game. It is then easier to understand what is expected
at certain times.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
4 It maintained interest and desire to play the game again.
The directions and options were clear.
If using the new game, it can be lengthy making decisions on what to take.
You cannot get out of town if, for example, your wagon is too heavy.
Reviewer: Judith Valade
Position: Student - Media
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.