Oregon Trail on the Trail

Floppy disc-era wilderness adventure comes to the iPhone

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It’s been more than thirty years since three guys from Minnesota got a generation of grade-school kids hooked on the floppy disc game Oregon Trail. I remember sitting in my grade-school computer lab, playing it for hours. Hunting, crossing rivers and finding supplies all with the help of those stunning early 8-bit graphics.

Thanks to French-based mobile developers Gameloft, a new version of the adventure begs a whole new generation of iPhone-weilding players to travel the Oregon Trail, find food and try not to get infected with dysentery or cholera all over again.

The new app looks to be the best Oregon Trail yet, with Anime-ish graphics and enhanced features to help players along the journey from the Missouri to Oregon.

We showed you how the iPhone is already super trail-friendly with its’ GPS, map and entertainment features, and now thanks to Gameloft, the 1890’s trail has a place on the 2009 trail.

The game hits the Apple App store February, 28. No word on pricing yet.

–Matt Draper