It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Growing up, my school had edutainment games — games that entertain and educate — and my dad also provided me a bunch of those, too. One of my first exposure to edutainment games happens to be The Oregon Trail on the Apple computers. My dad bought me the PC version, and I enjoyed that one more. I spent hours trying to complete the trail in the game. The Oregon Trail holds a place in my childhood heart, but what I really adore is The Yukon Trail, which my dad bought for me as well. He’d also bought me The Amazon Trail, but that one proved to be too difficult for me to conquer. Just like with The Oregon Trail, I spent hours playing and beating The Yukon Trail.
This game starts in Seattle, Washington, where you choose a partner for your journey. Pictured above, you can choose an experienced miner, a Yukon native, a carpenter, and a businessman. I always chose the Yukon native or the businessman. After choosing a partner, the next move is to choose which shipping route to take — to Skagway or Dyea — and to buy equipments in Seattle or Alaska. Once in Alaska, there is another option to take — the White Pass trail or the Chilkoot trail. Eventually, you reach Bennett Lake, and you have to wait for spring to traverse across the waters, and you’ll reach Dawson City where you can dig for gold! I personally always liked that part the best.
Honestly, this game was fun. It allowed me to think about my choices, it helped me plan for my trip, and it taught me history and geography — all the while having a blast. This game challenged me quite a bit, and I replayed it so many times that I lost count. Of all the edutainment games, this is the one that stayed with me the most. In fact, I find myself wanting to replay this now!
Did you play any of the “trail games”? What are some of your favourite edutainment games? Share your experiences with me in the comments!