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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.
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.
1. Open your hard drive so that you are viewing the root of drive C. Your desktop icon "My Computer" or "Computer" will take you there. Get to "C:\" or "Local Disk C:"
2. Create a new folder and name it "OT5". That folder should now have a nice short directory address of C:\OT5. Open that new empty folder and leave that window up for now.
3. Start a new window to open the CD drive folder to view the contents of the Oregon Trail CD. This will typically be drive "D:" or "E:" on most computers. Do not run setup and do not install the game.
4. You should now be viewing the contents of your CD. Copy the folder called "data" on the CD and put it into your newly made OT5 folder on drive C. This will take a minute or so to copy over.
5. After the data folder finishes copying to C:\OT5, go back and view the contents of your CD again. Open the "Install" folder and then then "HD" folder on the CD. You should see 5 files.
6. Take the entire contents of the "HD" folder and copy it to the C:\OT5 folder as well.
7. You should now have 5 files and a data folder in C:\OT5. One of the files is labeled "OREGON5". Open this file. Notepad should open it for you. Look for the brackets that say "[cdrom]"
8. Create a space under the [cdrom] title by hitting the return/enter key - add the text: "rsrcpath=C:\ot5\data"
9. This tells the game where to look for the data files.Read more ›
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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This is an excellent game and you too can get it running on your computer. Oregon Trail 5 should run on any version of Windows made in the past 20 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rob K
Wow super fast shipping! The game works pretty good so far...The disappointing part is that you can't fish because the fish don't move and as you get more into the game it just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this game I just want you to know that it doesn't work on Windows 10.Published 1 month ago by Charles
It was requested by my grandchildren when the older version quit workingPublished 5 months ago by Paul M. Davis
Would not play on windows XP. I didn't bother returning because it would have cost another $3 and I would only get about $3 in refund. I will just donate it to St. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer