Growing up, we didn't really have the same advanced video game as kids today have. We had to use our imaginations. Sure, looking back it was a little bit less than impressive, but honestly, we had more fun playing those simple games than almost any of these extremely complicated ones.
Oregon Trail is perhaps one of the most notorious and iconic games that we played during computer class. It seemed to be loaded up onto every school computer, so that we could learn all about traveling on the frontier, including the struggles that came with it.
Sure, about 90% of us died from dysentery, but luckily we could just restart and try again!
The choose your own adventure style game gave us a little bit of control over the story, deciding what to do and where to go, all the while trying to survive the trip and the inevitable disease that would kill us all.
Personally, I was never very good at this game. It seemed like my instincts always caused me to die faster than almost anyone else, but I had a friend who was so good at it that she actually managed to survive the entire thing! It was a moment that I'm sure our entire class remembers to this day.
Well, it's been a few (okay, a lot) of years since I've played it, but recently I thought it might be fun to try again. And what did I discover? Target had an exclusive version of the old game on a cool little handheld device!