How to play the old Oregon Trail video game on your computer
Do you have fond memories of playing Oregon Trail on ancient computers? Re-capture that joy by playing the game for FREE on your Windows computer, using just a few simple steps!
Updated: added easy ways to play online (with any computer) at the Internet Archive.
- Play online
- Why download?
- Which version?
- Installing the 1980s version
- Installing the 1990s deluxe version
If you are in a hurry, you can play either version online at the Internet Archive. All you need is a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) and a connection to the internet.
If you decide you want to play when not connected to the internet, or you like to keep track of your scores: you'll have to install software on your computer.
There are two main older versions of the game (if you ignore the recent re-makes).
1980s version with simple graphics
1990s "Deluxe" version with slightly more complex graphics
1. Download AppleWin (http://applewin.berlios.de/)
2. Unzip this file (probably named something like AppleWin184.108.40.206) into its own folder (called AppleWin).
3. Save this new folder somewhere you will remember (perhaps C:\AppleWin)
4. Create a new folder under AppleWin called games (C:\AppleWin\games)
5. Download the zip files for disk 1 and disk 2 of the 1980s version of Oregon Trail from http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html (you will see these disks in the right sidebar under Program Information and then Disks).
6. No need to Unzip these 2 files (OT(Disk1of2).zip and OT(Disk2of2).zip). Just move them into the folder you created (C:\AppleWin\games).
7. Click on the AppleWin icon for the .exe file (C:\AppleWin\Applewin.exe). This will open up a new window which acts like an old Apple II computer.
8. Click on the multi-colored "Apple" icon in the right sidebar.
9. Then click on "Disk 1" icon in the right sidebar (an old style floppy disk icon with the number 1 on it) and choose OT(Disk1of2).zip.
10. Oregon Trail starts up, but before you start playing, repeat the last step for Disk 2 (so that both disks are loaded and ready to use).
11. If you'd like a different color to your screen, choose the Joystick and Volume control icon in the right sidebar and choose a different video mode.
I have fond memories of the black screen with the green text.
If you remember the much more colorful version from the 1990s, you'll want to go a different route.
1. Download D-Fend Reloaded from http://dfendreloaded.sourceforge.net and install on your computer.
2. Download the Deluxe version of Oregon Trail from http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5839-the-oregon-trail.html and follow the instructions on the bottom of that page that tell you how to install it.