Timeless Thoughts: The Yukon Trail

Timeless Thoughts

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!

The Yukon Trail

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.

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!

Comments

  1. I did not know that Yukon Trail existed, but I was definitely an Oregon Trial player.

    For me, my favorite edutainment games were MATH BLASTERS and Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego? My favorite subjects in school were math and world geography and history so naturally I played those two games the most. Ah, the good ole days…

    • I love Carmen Sandiego, too! I think I remember Math Blasters as well :D Oh, man, you’re taking me back!

  2. I had never heard of that game before, but it made me think of the games that I was introduced to in primary school. I absolutely loved Where in the World is Carmen San-Diego (like Tiny May) and also The Magic School Bus (I loved the one where you travelled inside the body haha). :D

    • Carmen Sandiego! You two made me remember the awesomeness of those games :D I actually played more of Where in the USA is Carmen and Where in Time is Carmen XD

  3. I never played any of these games. Honestly I didn’t play a ton of those kind of computer games. Seems interesting though!

  4. I remember how popular Oregan Trail was when I was younger! I never got into it though, and I didn’t know about the other trail games like Yukon Trail. The education games I really remember were Carmen Sandiego and Mario’s Missing. It’s nice that games like those existed that were both fun and educational!

    • Carmen Sandiego is sure well known :D I’ve never heard of Mario’s Missing, though! I’ll have to look into that one ^^

  5. This is so awesome! I used to live in the Yukon.

  6. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Yukon Trail before! “Old school” PC games were quite entertaining. It’s great to incorporate some learning/skill-sets in gaming ;). Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out what I’m learning from playing Skyforge…. Petz 3 was my favorite game as a kid but as far as edutainment, I remembered my elementary school putting us on JumpStart games. Those were fun! Only thing that I hated was the fact that I always had to start over every time we would go there :(.

    • Well, Oregon Trail is more well-known than Yukon XD I don’t think a lot of people know of the latter as much!

      JumpStart aren’t games I’ve played, but we have them on the computers for our kids in the preschool class! Starting over’s a pain, but that’s shared computers, unfortunately XD;

  7. I’ve heard of Oregon Trail but I’ve never heard of Yukon or Amazon! The graphics of Yukon look amazing though! These games are legendary! I’m going to see if I can get my hands on some digital emulations or something. :P

    • Let me know what you think if you get your hands on them and play them! :D

  8. Yes!!! I absolutely love Oregon Trail! Haven’t heard of any of the other trails, but now I want to go play it….

    • LOL I do, too. I want to replay all these games from my childhood!

  9. Okay I didn’t know anybody else knew about this game! I LOVED it as a kid – my parents bought it because I was born in Alaska, so it was one of those things to teach me some history of the place. But yeah, it’s honestly better than Oregon Trail – more depth and more fun. And in the end you could never beat those two rich people who you meet along the way and then they have the high score on the score chart, remember that? Made me so mad!

    This brings back so many memories – now I want to replay it! I’m pretty sure I still have my disk around here somewhere…

    • I don’t remember the two people we could never beat LOL I must have never noticed that or didn’t care XD

      I agree that the game was better than Oregon Trail.

      If you find your disk, and it works, replay it!!! :D

  10. Damn, I don’t think I played many educational games… I played something called Playroom (I think that was the name) which was in a little nursery setting and you could choose various parts around the nursery room, then you would be directed to a game. I remember learning a lot from the game.

    I played a Ducktales game on my PC that gave me some idea as to where some famous landmarks were on a world map, but beyond that, I don’t think I learned much about history.

    • That Ducktales game sounds interesting! It’d be something I’d have played back then if I had access to it XD

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