If you are feeling nostalgic for the classic educational game The Oregon Trail, you will be happy to know that you can play it on your Mac for free. The Oregon Trail is a game that simulates the journey of American pioneers in the 19th century as they travel from Missouri to Oregon. Along the way, you have to manage your supplies, hunt for food, ford rivers, and face various dangers such as diseases, bandits, and wild animals. The game was originally developed by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974[^3^]. It has been remade and updated several times over the years, with the latest version being The Oregon Trail by Gameloft, released in 2020 for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and Apple TV[^1^].
In this article, we will show you how to download and play two versions of The Oregon Trail on your Mac: the original DOS version from 1990 and the modern Gameloft version from 2020. Both versions are fun and educational, but they have different graphics, gameplay, and features. You can choose whichever one suits your preference and nostalgia level.
How to Play The Oregon Trail DOS Version on Your Mac
The easiest way to play the original DOS version of The Oregon Trail on your Mac is to use a website called Classic Reload[^4^]. This website lets you play hundreds of old DOS games in your browser without any installation or registration. Here are the steps to follow:
Go to https://classicreload.com/oregon-trail.html/ on your web browser.
Click on the "Start Game" button and wait for the game to load.
Choose whether you want to play as a banker, a carpenter, or a farmer. Each profession has different advantages and disadvantages in terms of money, skills, and survival chances.
Name yourself and your four companions. You can use any names you like.
Choose when you want to start your journey. The best time is usually between March and May.
Buy supplies from the general store. You will need oxen, food, clothing, ammunition, and spare parts. Be careful not to spend all your money or buy too much weight for your wagon.
Hit the trail and enjoy the game. You will see a map of your progress and a status screen of your party's health and supplies. You will also encounter random events that require your decisions or actions. For example, you may have to hunt for food, trade with other travelers, cross rivers, rest at forts, or deal with illnesses or accidents.
Try to reach Oregon before winter. If you make it, you will see your final score based on your remaining supplies, party members, and health. If you don't make it, you will see a tombstone with your name and cause of death.
How to Play The Oregon Trail Gameloft Version on Your Mac
If you want to play a more modern and updated version of The Oregon Trail on your Mac, you can download The Oregon Trail by Gameloft from the App Store[^1^]. This version has improved graphics, sound effects, music, and gameplay. It also has more features such as different classes of characters, quests inspired by historical events, an interactive journal, an animal collection system, a fishing mini-game, achievements, and more. Here are the steps to follow:
Go to https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-oregon-trail/id1502228492 on your web browser or open the App Store app on your Mac.
Click on the "Get" button and enter your Apple ID password if prompted.
Wait for the game to download and install on your Mac.
Open the game from your Applications folder or Launchpad.
Choose whether you want to play with sound or not.
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