Title: Oregon Trail II
Playing Time: average, 2 hrs.
Cost: $ 83.75 http://www.cdromshop.com/cdshop/desc/p.772040753870.html
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-ROM
Subject Area: History
Objectives: Immersion into the role of
Brief Description: Rather interactive
game pitting minor skills against the "odds" of surviving a wilderness
Entry Capabilities Required: Priro knowledge
of era helpful. Math skill helpful.
Relevance to objectives: 3 Information
at various places good.
Excells at stimulating interest with "real" involvment in an american era.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
2 In the most centric of ways.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 5
A real captivator, very entertaining and interesting.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 2 To
a limited extent. The computer seems to play the game.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
3 Graphics good
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 4 I am not sure, but I think
choices are computed to determine some outcomes.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: 2 (at most)
Players must figure most of it out themselves.
Effectiveness of debriefing:5
Sure to stimulate much interest in the subject and period of
The hunting aspect is bound to take center stage with children simply by
the control action side of it. Distracts from temperment of journey.
Reviewer: Mike Sherry
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.