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Oregon Trail 5th Edition

by Encore
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
69 customer reviews

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  • ASIN: B002CMU748
  • Item model number: 16841
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 9, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By llyanatc on November 28, 2009
Oregon Trail is an excellent educational series, but I warn you to stay away from this version. For one thing, I think the "5th edition" claim is not true; its quality is greatly inferior to my 3rd edition and I suspect it is just a refurbished earlier edition. I never got Oregon Trail 2, so I don't know if this is the same, but the technology used is reminiscent of the mid-ninties.

In the process of remaking it, many technical bugs have crept in: for example, the fishing is completely broken and the installation froze my computer for quite a while and tried to install it twice for some reason. The game is in low resolution and 16-bit color, and although it changes your screen to be compatible with the game when starting, it does forget to change it back after you exit. You may have to restart the computer to get your settings back to normal, since you may not be able to get to the buttons on the settings panel at that resolution.

The ability to travel several other trails at different times and from different places is a really nice touch. Maybe a different release would be less problematic.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By TM0ney on February 15, 2010
First of all, this is EXACTLY like oregon trail 2 except they add in some content from 3 and 4, plus the absolutely idiotic animation that has nothing to do with YOUR trip most of the time and just gets in the way.

But besides that, its not too horrible. I've loved all the versions of Oregon Trail i've played, which is pretty much all of them, and this one is at least consistent with the series, although i think the designers ran out of ideas and just threw all of them together and called it the "5th edition".

So, all in all, its ok, but i'd suggest getting the original version if you can find it, it's by far the best and works even on an XP and mostly likely on a Vista, and is the most fun.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Ridgway on February 17, 2010
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I purchased the product and have not been able to use it with Windows 7. It will not Run. Is there a patch to make it Run. The purchase was a waste of money.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Green on December 6, 2009
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Do NOT buy this product. The information stated it was compatible with windows vista, however, my new computer would not even recognize the CD. Needless to say I am very unhappy!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jillian N. Mummey on December 5, 2009
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Despite seeing that others had trouble running this with Vista I ignored it because I usually have no trouble getting programs to run one way or another on my machine. I bought this game because I LOVED playing it in elementary school and was throughly disappointed that it would not even install the game on my computer. Luckily I was able to send it back to Amazon for a refune---which was totally awesome of them because it was opened software. I plan on buying one of the older versions and running it, hopefully it will work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JMiller on June 25, 2010
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Love this game - it's the same game as Oregon Trail II, with some goofy animation (that can be skipped) and an added gathering feature that I thought was neat.
It says this program will run on Vista, but it only barely does. After installing, I had to search and download two patches. It runs now, but there are limits - don't open the guidebook or the diary, you won't get it closed again without ctrl+alt+deleting and closing your game. Don't save your game- it will make it so that you can't talk or trade with anyone, and can't visit forts and such along the way. You'll just have to leave the game open, and hope for the best at river crossings - there's no going back if you're not able to save!
I did find that I could open the game twice, and keep one game open to the guidebook, the other as my active game, and flip between the two as needed when a guidebook reference was necessary.
All in all, if you've got Vista, don't expect it to work very well. I wish they'd take Vista off the list of operating systems supported by the software, or at least provide a better patch that fixes all of these glitches!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tanya McHenry VINE VOICE on January 12, 2010
I had the opportunity to play and buy Oregon Trail II back in 1996, yes, 1996 when it came out. Imagine my surpise to see Oregon Trail II (the pictures, the sound, the guide, everything is the same here) in the disguise of Oregon Trail 5th edition with very, very minor updates to it. There is a fishing mini game that was added but it looks like something that came out in the 90s. There is another almost game that involves exploring wild plantlife for food which has pictures with awful resolution, again like it came out in the 90s. The biggest difference is a cartoon story has been added to the game. The cartoon is not too bad actually, especially for children, but the game itself is almost, literally, unchanged.

The additions aren't even seemless, which I can't imagine they would be considering they are tacked on like this. I mean sometimes the sounds even override each other and one begins, the old music, while the new one hasn't finished yet.

It's a pretty cheap trick to be repackaging a game years later like this, throwing in a new installer (because the 16 bit installer will not actually work with Win 7 without XP mode and Virtual PC) and call it a later edition. Heck even the ability to save is very "old school" lacking the basic UI of today's games. I understand this is educational and for children, but the quality in this series is apparently gone because it was good in 96, but remains virtually unchanged and there is shovelware with better qualtiy out there now.
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