Title: Oregon Trail II
Playing Time: 2hrs-unlimited
Cost: $ 39.95 Oregon
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: none
Subject Area: Social Studies
Objectives: to place the user in the role
of a pioneer moving west
Brief Description: In this game the player
assumes the role of a pioneer that has decided to go west. Every aspect
of the trip is included, from buying all the supplies that you will need
to making the right decisions on which path to take. Very in-depth and
Entry Capabilities Required: Some computer
skills and some Math skills due to the money that is involved
Relevance to objectives: (5) Stays in
tune with the objective throughout the game everything is related to the
Game play, graphics, and story line
Provides practice of relevant skills:
(3) Gives good geography and math skills but still is a very game like
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (5)
Intrest levels remain high because of the amount varied tasks that are
Likely to be comprehended clearly: (5)
Very easy to understand, uses easy to understand language
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
(4) graphics are excellent and the game is well organized, but it did crash
once on me.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): (5) the game rests entirely
in the hands of the player and his or her actions.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): (5) very
realistic and true to what life on going west would have been like.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
(4) very useful in showing students life on
the Oregon trail.
Clear directions for play: (5) Nice easy
to read instructions. game walks the player through and guides them through
Effectiveness of debriefing: (5)
very good for a resource to reinforce students knowledge of the time
Weak Points: Not
a very good teaching tool more of a reinforce program.
Reviewer: Andrew Dicob
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.