How the game was created, and its continuing influence

This growing collection of stories about The Oregon Trail includes a rich set of details on how this classic game was created. Other stories look at the lasting influence that the game has had on modern culture, such as the many Oregon Trail memes found on the internet.

See the Game

A walkthrough of the famous Apple II game from 1985

If you fondly remember The Oregon Trail game from the 1980s – or even if you don't, but you would like to know what all the fuss is about – here is the place to get a a quick overview. This brief walkthrough will take you through all the key screens in the game.

Play the Game

How to play the game for free, with a choice of versions

This section of the website provides links to play classic versions of The Oregon Trail online for free. The classic 1985 Apple II and 1990 DOS versions are both available, along with an older Apple version (1980), plus a newer DOS version (1992) that can be played using a mouse.