Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fans of The Oregon Trail Computer Game Will Love Playing the New Board Game Based on this Beloved Game From Our Childhoods, Thanks to Pressman Toy Corp. - Review + #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Were you a fan of The Oregon Trail game growing up? I have so many fond memories of playing this game on the dinosaur computers we had in elementary and middle school.  There were limited colors and the graphics were sub par.  

But, the concept of the game was fun and you found yourself hoping for a teacher to be out or extra study hall to be added to your day, just so you could play Oregon Trail with friends.  Come on, what is more fun than seeing who will die from dysentery, or get run over by an ox and carriage?  :-)  

Those were the stresses of our youth -- well not in real life, but in our imagination lives when we set out on the Oregon Trail.  And, god forbid if someone in your row of computers kicked the surge protector or flipped the switch and powered down or rebooted all the computers...your day would be ruined. :-)

I so loved Oregon Trail, and was excited when I heard they were coming out with a board game to play based on this classic game of many of our childhoods.  Here is more about The Oregon Trail Game: Journey to Willamette Valley, from Pressman, in case you weren't in the know...

About this board game:

"It’s 1848: You and your family have joined a wagon train in Independence, MO that is about to head to Willamette Valley to find your fortune in the West! Your goal is to complete the treacherous journey while keeping as much money as possible to start your new life.

In The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley, players will place tiles to discover the trails, rivers, forts, and towns in order to move through to this new land. This scenic journey would almost be perfect if it wasn’t for the disease, starvation, drowning, rattlesnakes and other hazards that will plague you along the way.

The biggest reward would be arriving with your family, but there’s also limited space for supplies in your wagon. Soon, you’ll find yourself debating on the pros and cons of traveling in a wagon with so many people as the winters grow harsher, supplies dwindle, and the food grows scarce. As you throw your dead out of the wagon, you realize you’ll miss them… but it’s better this way.
In this competitive racing game, every wagon is for themselves. To start, you will serve as a pioneer and gather your wagon, family members, food, and a pistol. You must hunt for food along the way to help your family avoid starvation. Otherwise, their funeral expenses will deduct from your total fortune.
To undergo the wilderness and face the calamities, you must prepare wisely. During game play, you can take up to 3 of the following actions: move, hunt, buy, pick up hitchhikers, and sell. There are also free actions that do not count against your turn, such as crossing the river and using medicine. Therefore, you must be strategic in your decision-making.
Players continue to take turns until a wagon reaches Willamette Valley or the last trail tile is placed on the board, signaling the end of the game. Your fortune is calculated and the pioneer with the most money will prove victorious.
Hop in a wagon and race your friends to victory in The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley! Get ready to relive your fond memories of one of the world’s most beloved computer games.
For 2 to 4 players. Available exclusively at Target."


Is this bringing back memories of your youth and countless hours spent trying to beat The Oregon Trail game in school?  Come to think of it, I don't think anyone in my group of friends, or kids that I knew in school, as well as myself, ever beat this game.  It was one of those impossible, but oh so addicting games, you looked forward to playing every chance you got.

My husband grew up in El Salvador and game to the United States as a teen, so he had never heard or played The Oregon Trail before.  So, he was in for a treat when I pulled out and started to set up this fun new board game the other night for us to play.  While we played this game, I shared stories of my youth playing this game, and things that happened on my Oregon Trail journeys.  He was so intrigued that we found clips online to watch that showed the game from back in the day.  My husband wished he had the opportunity to play this game like I did, but was happy to be able to enjoy the new board game, which is just as fun.  Even though it was just the two of us, we had a blast playing, and can't wait for our next game night to play it again.  And, when friends come to visit, this is one game I will be pulling out so that we can all play and relive memories of our youth as we took on the Oregon Trail during the year 1848.

With the holidays fast approaching, The Oregon Trail: Journey To Willamette Valley board game would make for the perfect gift for fans of this beloved computer game of our childhood.  I have already picked up a few copies of this game, which you can find exclusively at Target stores, as well as, to gift to family and friends, who shared a love of this computer game, like I do.  I know that once they sit down and play this board game version, that they will want to get and play time and again.

To learn more about The Oregon Trail: Journey To Willamette Valley, head on over to today.  And, get ready to have fun trekking across the Oregon Trail in hopes of reaching Willamette Valley...that is, if you don't starve or are faced with deadly calamities along the way.  Be warned, this game, like the computer game, is addicting, and will have you want to have a rematch if you lose. :-)


Thanks to the kind folks at Pressman Toy Corp., one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win a copy of this fun new game, based on the classic Oregon Trail computer game many of us grew up playing in school.  

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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