The Oregon Trail, Dysentery Coming To DSiWare

By Spencer . September 30, 2009 . 9:52am

image According to the ESRB, Gameloft is bringing a port of their mobile phone The Oregon Trail remake to DSiWare.


The original game was designed to educate kids about pioneer life. The E10+ version has poop jokes. Here’s how the ESRB describes it.


In this strategy game, players assume the role of a wagon leader on a side-view journey of the historic migration route used by settlers, farmers, ranchers—Americans. Inspired by the real-life Oregon Trail, the game allows players to make strategic decisions to ensure the safety of their party (in most cases, a family) along a sometimes perilous path.


Bears may attack, snakes can bite, robbers will loot, and diseases do come ("You have died of . . ."), but the hardened traveler is expected to overcome these unfavorable events to reach the promised Pacific Northwest. If disease or injury is left untreated, family members will fall to the ground and die, leaving headstone icons in their wake. The game is also punctuated by task-based mini-games (e.g., berry picking, gold panning, rafting, fishing), which can include the hunting of animals. These depictions are minimal—squirrels and rabbits that are shot will turn into icons of meat—and consistent with the game’s overall cartoon-like graphics, a feature that mitigates the starker aspects of the game (e.g., dying of cholera, typhoid . . . of dysentery).


Along the way, players may encounter a Native American who offers to heal a child’s illness by blowing smoke from a peace pipe into the face of the afflicted. The depiction is not gratuitous, but then, secondhand smoke was probably less the issue circa 1848. Dialogue leaves a trail, and may contain references to bathroom humor (e.g., "I poo’d my pants" and "Dung Da Dung-Dung Dung! Buffalo chips are a great source of fuel."). 

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  • Ereek

    I’d totally buy it, but I’m happy with my DSlight. That it’s a remake and not the original makes me a bit sad though.

  • Pichi

    This and Shantae makes me very tempted to go to DSi.

  • QBasic

    Oregon Trail is the single greatest RPG/adventure game of all time. Chrono Trigger can burn in hell.

  • Back in the heyday of the Apple IIgs, me and my 3rd grade buds would die all the time just to screw with people and the gravestones left on the network computers at school.

    Course they were lame.

    ‘You pass a tombstone. Would you like to view it? Y.


  • Strike_Man

    Oddly enough, this may be the first title I’ll actually be picking up for the DSi.

    • Ereek

      There’s nothing odd about that, Oregon Trail is great.

  • I remember this in grade school. When I played it, it was on a 5″ Floppy Disk…and on an AppleII, perhaps? Man, this game teaches you the hardships of life and that everyone dies, or you better sell your families food for more Ox pulling power. Sometimes, Little Jebediah has to succumb to starvation or dysentery/cholera for the good of the wagon. Or that you have to sell tired Oxen for exorbitant amounts of money and barter with another person for a strong Ox at cheaper cost. Yes, this game certainly prepared us 8 year-olds how to start a nice life in the seedy “Underworld of Oregon.”

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