Oregon Trail Board Game Review

Tonight my family played the Oregon Trail board game, based on the video game, for the first time.

The instructions were fairly self-explanatory as to how play progresses. A few things were unclear at first, even after watching the short tutorial video.

The game has three types of cards, supplies, trail, and calamity. The trail leads you to calamity or supply cards and supply cards are used to resolve calamity cards. You can die from calamity cards or while fording rivers.

Each turn, a player can play a trail card, to progress, or a supply card, to resolve a calamity. This changes when you get down to two players, when each player can play two supply cards on one turn. If you can’t play a trail card and you aren’t stuck because of a calamity, you draw a trail card.

To win, the wagon team has to get through 50 trail cards (10 stacks of 5 cards) to reach Oregon. At least one player has to make it for everyone to win.

Some calamities are unclear when you get down to one player. For example, our first game, my mom drew a card that said she broke her arm and she had to skip two turns. Then I died, and I was the only other player. We had her continue anyway, because it was unclear if it would have any other effects.

We had a lot of fun playing this and will certainly play it again!