By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
If you’re any kind of geek and you’re in my age bracket (18-25), you probably got excited when you read the title of this article. The Oregon Trail is an iconic game for many young geeks because it was available in schools (something about being educational), fun to play, and a bit ahead of its time, in my opinion. You could build a custom wagon to traverse the wild west while avoiding perils and hunting for your food.
Now this Apple IIe marvel is being ported to the iPhone, according to the LA Times. There are some screenshots, courtesy of IGN, that depict an iPhone version of the classic game. The interface has been updated (much to my dismay, as it’s such a retro game), so it looks a lot more like a children’s game than anything else. The characters are cartoonish instead of 8-bit.
Thus far, there are no details on price, manufacturer, or even future availability. Even so, it’s amazing to see how far the Oregon Trail franchise has traveled…from floppies to flash-based mobile hard drives!
Personally, I’d like to see someone make a mod of the original game (which can be easily emulated on any modern machine) to allow for that version to work on the iPhone too!
[Image source: Flickr]