ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors to a Rockford museum will have the opportunity to take a virtual trip along the Oregon Trail, following the path of settlers in 1848 — and possibly experiencing death by dysentery or a broken leg.
The Rockford Register Star reports that Midway Village Museum will be showcasing an interactive version of the Oregon Trail computer game that launched in 1971.
The game puts players in the shoes of a settler moving a family of five from Missouri to Oregon in a covered wagon. Players at the Oregon Trail IRL event on Saturday can shoot rubber-band guns, pull team members across tarp rivers and avoid the types of problems that in those days could lead to death.
Youngsters will play a version that avoids the possibility of fatality.