Facebook rolls out the latest version of the Oregon Trail game, complete with many of the original options and added features. Become a Wagon Leader at Facebook today!
Facebook, popular for social networking, recently added the Oregon Trail game application for members. Those in their 20s and 30s will remember spending countless hours in grade school and middle school playing this game with classmates. Facebook’s version of the Oregon Trail will bring back memories, yet differs in various ways.
Facebook’s version of the Oregon Trail game requires Facebook friends to join Your Wagon before starting on the journey. Each wagon member brings money to the wagon’s total balance. Wagon members are listed along with their status. An “In Good Health” status shows up, unless wagon members are suffering from ailments, diseases and poor personal hygiene. Diseases can be cured by medicine. Resting cures other ailments such as being tired or needing a shower.
Miles Traveled – displays total miles traveled while playing the current game
Conditions – displays weather conditions and temperature, important if deciding when to hunt
Pace – miles traveled per day
Food – increase food amounts by hunting or buying food
Medicine – important in curing diseases and ailments – make sure to keep a good supply
Money – wagon members can earn money for the wagon
Ammo – needed for hunting – buffalo require 3 shots, deer need 2 shots – buy boxes of ammo at stops
Oxen – pace increases with an increase in oxen
Hunt – make sure to pay attention to the weather, as hunting is not available when it is too hot. The amount of food derived from hunting will depend on how many wagon members there are. There is a 3,000-pound food limit. The hunting option is easier to use, point and click, than on the original game.
Buy Supplies – this option is only available at stops along the trail, such a forts or river crossings.
Rest – this option is important to keep health at Excellent or Good. Rest periodically or when wagon members are sick or tired.
Make Money – this option helps make money for the wagon by recruiting new wagon members
Steal – Be careful when stealing because if caught, the Oregon Trail ends and all are dead!
Play the Oregon Trail game at Facebook as many times as desired. Leave the game at any time, as it automatically saves, returning the player to the same place at the next log-in. Earn experience points each time the game is completed. Earn 5,000 bonus points for reaching the end of the Oregon Trail with all original wagon members alive.
Unique to Facebook’s Oregon Trail
To remove players, simply eat them! Click on the dinner plate and the wagon member will be eaten, removing them from the wagon. This will gain 150-180 pounds of food for the wagon. The question to ask is whether this option was added in light of the California-bound Donner Party?
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