Oregon Trail on Facebook: Screenshots and video
|Maybe you can just ignore that friend request from dysentery.|
When we interviewed the three Minnesotans who invented the game 40 years ago for our January 19 cover story, not even they were sure who--if anyone--still owned the rights to the game.
As it turns out, someone does and they have big plans for the classic game.
|The new old pioneer family.|
Now a part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Learning Company kept Oregon Trail under the radar until it was resurrected as an iPhone app in 2008. The app has been downloaded about 2.9 million times. With those figures in mind, TLC head Tony Bordon thought it was time Oregon Trail got a social life.
|The only part that anyone ever cared about -- the hunt -- gets a makeover.|
A sneak peek is now available on YouTube, revealing the new look and feel of the game. Players can hit the trail on February 2.
From the looks of the trailer, the gameplay will be quite similar to the iPhone app, with a much more cartoony look than the classic versions of the '80s and '90s. Bordon says users will be able to invite their Facebook friends to travel the trail with them, customize their wagons and tombstones, and play enhanced hunting games.
The question is, will dying of dysentery feel nearly as good on the social network?
ADDITIONAL OREGON TRAIL COVERAGE: