Who among us can’t remember crowding around the class Macintosh to watch one lucky kid at a time try to make the journey west to the pixelated promised land in Oregon Trail. Well, probably quite a few of us – those of you who are significantly older or younger than I am, for a start. But I digress. Oregon Trail is back, this time from mobile mega-developer Gameloft, in an updated version for your Android phone or tablet. And it’s free.

For the two of you out there in Internet Land who never played one of Oregon Trail’s many iterations, it goes something like this: you start of as a family of frontier hopefuls, buying a wagon, oxen and supplies in Missouri, trying to survive the perilous journey to Oregon. You could name your character and family members (most of my classmates opted for names with just four letters), make course decisions at key crossroads, repair and resupply your wagon along the way, and of course, hunt wildlife for food. In an oddly macabre edition to a kids’ game, your family members – and eventually the player character – can die in grisly, horrible and ultimately realistic ways. Always a crowds pleaser.

Gameloft’s version, entitled Oregon Trail: Settler, brings the same core survivalist gameplay with some pleasing modern tweaks. Once you reach the end of your journey you’re introduced to a Sim City-style isometric town, where you must farm, market and defend your property. The game is free in the Android Market (that’s zero buckskins for you pioneer types) and available now for all recent versions of Android. Remember: always buy lots of bullets.

[via DroidGamers]


  • Ulvaeus

    Doesn’t appear in the Android Market here.

  • OMG, i think my nostalgic chords have just been struck real hard. cant wait to play this on my nexus …in jan 2012 🙁

  • Judith Barber

    You don’t get to do a journey at all… I dl’ed it and immediately uninstalled it when I realized what it is… it’s just like Zynga’s pioneer trail… at least the homestead side of it… Not like the game we played in school… 

  • Mjsplicer78

    Buy one set of clothes for everybody just enough food to get you out of town and then start the buffalo slaughter

  • Shane

    The market says that it is compatible with my Droid2 and DroidRAZR (still leftover on my account) but not my Galaxy Nexus (current phone).

  • Heywhoa

    not compatible with the Galaxy s2???

  • FB Stalker

    I politely say F-you to all freemium apps. Plus the game apparently isn’t anything like the OG Oregon Trail.

  • Rubytuesday

    I want the old school graphics!

  • tabrischen

    Oregon Trail Settler appears to start from just after the journey has finished. Anyone knows where to find the original Oregon Trail on android?

    • emk

      It isnt in the app store anymore…settlers is same as any other farm/city building game and not worth the time

  • Brett :)

    Hey douchebag, write a review of a game that wasn’t developed and produced by moneylusting cumdumpsters. You’re a liar and an asshole, that game sucks hardcore