LW4K Game Spotlights: The Oregon Trail

This is the next video in a new Learningworks for Kids series, Game Spotlight! In each video, we are highlighting some great games both old and new and defining the key executive functions that can be strengthened through play. This video will focus on The Oregon Trail. Click below to watch the video and learn more. The transcript is also provided below for your convenience. A special thanks to our videographer Alexa  for her work on this awesome video!

 

Hey everyone, welcome to Learningworks for Kids Game Spotlights! This is a new series where we will be walking through some of your favorite games and talking about how playing them can help you get better at real-world skills! If you want to know more about how to take your gameplay to the next level, visit learningworksforkids.com and learn more about how video games can be a part of a balanced play diet. 

Today we are talking about a remake of a PC classic: The Oregon Trail! This game is an adventure simulation of the historical trip many people took as they headed west to make a better life for themselves. But nothing about this trip is easy. You and your party need to constantly watch out for injuries, starvation, robbers, and sickness. You can get sick from not having clean clothes or eating spoiled food. The oxen can get injured and the cart can break down. Your own party members can mess up because of their personality traits. And this is all before winter sets in! 

Players will need to use their organization and planning skills if they want to make it all the way through the game. Money and supplies are constantly being used as quickly as they are found and if you do not have a good stock of wagon parts, medicine, meat, or any number of other things, the situation can get pretty bad pretty quickly. If you cannot plan out how to spend your money correctly, or use too much of your supplies too early, your party members can get sick, injured, and even die if the situation is serious enough. Checkpoints along the way can help you stop and restock but it is still necessary to make sure you get as much as you can for your money. 

The game features several different difficulty levels so players who need a little help with planning and organizing, or are just sick of seeing their party eat moldy flour, there is an easy mode called Sightseeing. New features have been recently added that include side quests that the player can take on in addition to the main storyline. 

What would you take with you on your trip along the Oregon Trail? Let us know in the comments below! And if you enjoyed this video, be sure to hit that Subscribe button to see new reviews and playthroughs every week. Well, that’s all the time we have for today but be sure to join us for the next Game Spotlight at learningworksforkids.com! 

 

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