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Oregon Trail Online and Other Apple II and IIgs games
Playing Oregon Trail and Others Online
I am sure that most of you have played Oregon Trail at some point during your school years. I for one, played one of the early text based versions on an old Dec PDP 11/4. We all thought the game at the time was one of the coolest. Of course for those who can remember the early versions of the game, it was not much more than a basic keyboard game until MECC released the graphical version in 1984.
This version is the one that most students remember playing during their school days and the version that even today remains widely popular and is still used in many schools around the world thanks to Virtual Apple II.
One of the other great games for kids was Number Munchers. While this one is a bit after my time, it is also on the site.
During the 1980s there were tons of other games written and the Apple ][ ruled the computer market. Now you can play all of the games online:
Virtual Apple II : http://www.virtualapple.org
Oregon Trail: http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html
Number Munchers: http://www.virtualapple.org/numbermunchersdisk.html
There are a number of other games which were used widely by many educational institutions in the 1980s also available on the site. One new game which was added was the game Number Squares, a program written in the 1990s by Phil Shapiro and David Lyons.
Number Squares: http://www.virtualapple.org/numbersquaresdisk.html
The game is based on the old slider games which all slides on the square had to be put in order. Scoring on this game is quite interesting and will keep student occupied with challenging the game for hours.
The site was recently updated with two Apple II emulators, one that is Java based and one that is a plug-in for your browser. Now all of the Apple ][ programs including Oregon Trail will run on any platform. They also added buttons for things like Disk changes and reset / reboot in their release of Version 4.5 of the website.
The site currently contains over 1500 programs in the Virtual Apple II database and is updated on a monthly basis.
Apple IIgs games on Virtual Apple ][
Other programs in the Apple IIgs section of the website still require a Windows based browser. (Internet Explorer and Firefox Only). However, there are offline emulators for the Mac which will run the software. All of the disk images for the games are downloadable.