Will it be dysentery or starvation? Pick a card on The Oregon Trail to find out


When "The Oregon Trail" was invented it was cutting edge stuff – one of the earliest computer games.

45 years later, the wagons are circling back to an old-school format: a card game.

Pressman Toys will start selling The Oregon Trail card game exclusively at Target stores on Sunday, KFOR reports.


A pioneering consumer in Portland, Oregon discovered the game had reached store shelves a little early in its namesake state. Reddit user dwboso posted a preview, including several photos.

From Minnesota to the Video Game Hall of Fame

Created by three Minnesota student teachers back in 1971, The Oregon Trail was inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in May.

Its Hall of Fame page notes that the game not only taught players about the pitfalls faced by pioneers, it also served as an introduction to computer games for many. The Hall calls it the most successful educational game of all time. They also say it may be the oldest continuously available video game ever made.

Pressman says its new game includes 58 trail cards, 32 calamity cards, and 26 supply cards. "It’s a great way to relive your fond memories of one of the world’s most beloved computer games, and to kill off your family and friends at the same time," they say.

Have you never traveled the trail?

This video of the Apple II version that was released in 1985 gives you the gist of The Oregon Trail computer game:


Pressman has a video showing how the game has been adapted to cards:


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It's just like the original game that people played on the Apple II.