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                            Oregon Trail 4th Edition
                               FAQ   Version 1.3
                             Written by: Tony Chou
                       GameFAQS Username: Chaos Control3290
                        E-mail: Mastergamer3290@yahoo.com
                  Copyright 2004 Tony Chou. All Rights Reserved
    
    Welcome to my FAQ of Oregon Trail 4th Edition. Obviously, this is the 4th 
    game in a series of Oregon Trails. This game is kind of old, but when I 
    dusted off the cover and started to play it, I found that it is pretty 
    good. You start off my choosing your job and your companions. Then, you 
    buy supplies you think you will need and hit the trail! I almost done 
    with this FAQ, All it is missing is the events that occur during the 
    trip.
    
    If you want to E-mail me, please make sure to include the words "Oregon 
    Trail" in the title so I do not regard it as spam and delete it. Thanks.
    ----------------------- Version History--------------------------------
    
    
    Version 1.0
    
    -This is the very first version!
    -completed most of the outline.
    -Still missing a couple sections.
    
    
    Version 1.1
    
    - Made things a bit more organized.
    - Did more on Other People you meet along the Trail.
    - A couple questions for the FAQ.
    - A few Hints and Tips.
    - Added ASCII Art. Credit to King of Chaos100
    
    Version 1.2
    
    - More questions in the FAQ also added.
    - 2 more hints and tips
    - Corrected BIG mistake about occupations.
    
    Version 1.3
    
    - Included a couple hints and tips.
    - Added my review of the game.
    - New questions for the FAQ. YAY! :)
    - Fixed spelling errors. Proofread. E-mail me if you have corrections
    - Added a new event
    
    -------------------- Game Info ----------------------------------------
    
    
    Name of game: Oregon Trail 4th edition
    System: PC
    Genre: Simulation 
    Company: The Learning Company
    Release Date: 8/01/00
    Number of players: 1
    Note: This game is a 3-CD set. When you progress a certain amount in 
    the game, it will prompt you to insert the next CD. 
    
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    That's it for now. E-mail me if you want to post this FAQ anywhere.
    
    ------------------Table of Contents------------------------------------
    
    Table of Contents
    
    1. The Real Oregon Trail (Introduction)
    2. Getting started with the game
    3. Starting off in Independence 
    4. Buying a Wagon and Oxen
    5. Supplies (includes list)
    6. On the Trail
    7. Hunting
    8. Fishing
    9. Gathering Plants
    10. Events
    11. Other People you meet along the way
    12. Crossing Rivers
    13. Crossing Hills
    14. Hints and Tips
    15. Legal Stuff
    16. FAQ
    17. My review of this game
    18. Credits
    19. Next Version
    
    
    ------------------- Introduction---------------------------------------
    
    Year 1848
    
    Who knows? Maybe you are a farmer from Virginia? Or a teacher from New 
    England? You could even be a freed slave from Alabama. No matter what 
    place you come from, there is only one thing on your mind: the 
    opportunity of an incredible chance to move west and start a new life. 
    
    You have heard many stories of people who have already traveled on the 
    Oregon Trail. Young and old, rich and poor, individuals and families, 
    people from everywhere, embarking on a great journey. But why? The 
    answer is the free, fertile farmland for anyone with enough guts to 
    make the trip. Now, you want to make the journey for yourself! 
    
    In 1849, gold was discovered in California, and 30,000 fortune hunters 
    packed up their bags and headed to California. By the 1860s, more than 
    300,000 people have traveled the Oregon Trail. But they had to avoid 
    raging rivers, buffalo stampedes, snakes and life-threatening diseases. 
    What will you choose to do?
    
    ----------------Getting started----------------------------------------
    
    After you have installed the game, you will see a sign in sheet.
    
    1.	Type in a name.
    2. Choose an occupation. Your choice now will decide how much money 
    you will have at the start and what skills you have along the trail. 
    3. (Optional) Enter a birthday. When that day comes, you partners 
    will celebrate the big event. 
    
    You may choose one of the following:
    
    Carpenter with $200
    Banker with $210
    Blacksmith with $190
    Teacher with $150
    Barber with $180
    ------------------- Getting started in Independence-----------------
    
    
    Independence, Missouri was the most popular starting point for pioneers. 
    In this game, you will have to choose 2 other people to go along with 
    you. It is important to find people with useful skills and good 
    personalities to accompany you. You have 2 options.
    
    Option 1(Preferred): Find your own partners. Visit the hotel. There, 
    you can choose people to join you by talking to them. This may take a 
    bit longer, but it may be the best choice for beginners. You'll also 
    need to go to the livery stable to buy a wagon and oxen. Go to the 
    general store and buy the supplies you need. (Don't worry, you won't 
    run out of money... yet...) Explore the town and you can also find 
    potential party members just chatting outside. 
    
    Option 2 (Quicker way): Join a wagon. The program will automatically 
    choose 2 people to go with you. This is the quickest way to get on the 
    trail, but you may end up with people you don't like. To choose this 
    option, just click on the wagon outside the hotel. As an added bonus, 
    you will get a wagon, oxen, and a basic set of supplies. 
    
    I'll give you a quick overview of the options.
    
    At the bottom of the screen, you will see all kinds of options. The 
    wagon wheel on the far left will bring you back onto the trail. The 
    telescope will show you what scenery surrounds you. The basket above it 
    with the gun powder allows you to hunt, fish, or gather plants. The 
    guidebook is an important feature, it tells you about the animals, the 
    plants (whether they are poisonous or not), map, and other necessary 
    information. The map is highlighted in a bold, black line, which will 
    lead you to Oregon, Which makes the game even easier! You will refer to 
    this feature a lot. The thermometer below that will show you the 
    temperature, date, and the condition of you and your party members. 
    Here, the random diseases you get will be listed. On the right, the 
    pictures of your partners will allow you to talk to them and get their 
    opinions. They will tell you if you've got a fever, its too cold or hot, 
    and what to do if you need advice. 
    
    You can adjust travel speed: steady, medium (recommended), or grueling.
    
    You can adjust rations: Bare-Bones, medium, or Filling (recommended). 
    
    The last thing for options in the supply inventory. This will include a 
    water meter and a food meter. Whenever the bar runs out, that means 
    your party will dehydrate or starve. Click on them to see everything 
    that is in the wagon. 
    
    --------------- Buying a Wagon and oxen--------------------------------
    
    In this game, your only choice is oxen, so sorry, that is your only 
    option. Go to the stable. In case you can't find it, it has 2 big X's 
    on the doors. 
    
    When you arrive there, you can talk to the guy there, Matt Vine, and 
    get his opinion. Whenever you are ready, click on the wagon to make 
    your purchase. You can choose 6, 8, or 10 oxen. I chose 10, just 
    because I felt like it. If you choose your partners first, you might 
    have a little more money to spend. 
    
    ------------------ Buying your supplies--------------------------------
    
    
    You have 5 options, 4 of them are packages. Choose whichever you want. 
    I just chose to buy everything I thought I needed myself. If you don't 
    want to waste too much time choosing, enjoy one of the package deals 
    and start your journey. Click on the items behind the cashier to buy 
    stuff. 
    
    
    The Settler Package: It has everything you will need on the trail, plus 
    items that will come in handy if you make it to Oregon and decide to 
    settler there. The basic package, recommended to everyone buying a 
    package. 
    
    The Overlander Package: It includes lots of food, clothing, and other 
    luxuries to make your trek as comfortable as possible. My Thoughts: 
    Don't buy it because why do you have to pay for food? You can hunt for 
    free meat the first second you leave independence! You can fish for 
    free fish and gather free plants! You are better off buying the Settler 
    Package. 
    
    The Hunter Package: This is for you folks who love killing cute, 
    innocent animals, like deer. It has extra Rifles, Shotguns, and 
    ammunitions to ensure lots of food on the trail. 
    
    The Racer Package: As the name suggests, this package includes the bare 
    minimum in supplies to lighten the load for your oxen and help you get 
    to Oregon as soon as possible. Since I like to take my time, I don't 
    recommend this. Get this if you want to get to Oregon in like, a month. 
    
    After you have bought a Package deal, you can buy extra food, clothing, 
    or whatever you think will be important. 
    
    Also check out the medicine. Buy a couple of each (They are cheap) to 
    make sure that you are prepared for any disease you might meet. You 
    might also want to be a doctor, or choose a doctor as a partner, so at 
    least someone knows how to use the medicine. 
    
    NOTE: To buy water, it is named as water kegs and is found under Tools. 
    
    ------------------ On the Trail----------------------------------------
    
    Here, I will give you a detailed description of your options and things 
    to do on the trail. 
    
    The food and water barrel: The gauges show how much food and water you 
    have. Click on it to get your supplies. If your wagon gets too heavy, 
    you can choose to dump some of them. 
    
    Thermometer: Check the date, the weather, and the health of you and 
    your partners.
    
    Kettle with the fire: Rest. It is a good idea to stop and rest 
    occasionally, especially if you are sick or injured. 
    
    Guidebook: Your guidebook has maps of the trail. Check the map if you 
    get lost. It also gives you a detailed analysis of each breed of animal 
    or plants. You will be relying on this a lot. 
    
    Chart: You can set your pace to:
    Steady: 8 hours per day
    Strenuous: 10 hours a day
    Grueling: 12 hours a day
    
    You can also set rations to bare-bones, average, or filling.
    
    Telescope: Stop for a moment and take in the scenery!
    
    Basket: When you are running low on food, you can stop to hunt, fish, 
    or gather plants. I will describe them all right now.
    
    ---------------------Hunting-------------------------------------------
    
    The hunting in this game is even better than some games that are 
    designed specifically for hunting! It's easy too! Not complicated like 
    those other hunting games. 
    
    To go hunting, you need a rifle or a shotgun. Rifles are better for 
    larger animals, like deer or bears. Shotguns are better for small game 
    like squirrels and... what seems to be like a prairie chicken?? Small 
    game is useless because you only get a couple pounds of food. What a 
    waste of a bullet. It is not worth it. Go for big 400 pound buffalo 
    instead. You will encounter over a dozen animals. Some examples are 
    skunks, squirrels, chickens, deer, buffalo, black bear, brown bear, 
    moose, and a lot more. Consult the guidebook for more information, not 
    that you need it. Just shoot whatever it big and moving. 
    
    Hunting in this game is just like hunting in real life. If you do not 
    know what I mean, her are some examples:
    
    - It is easier to hit an animal at close range than from a distance. 
    - Large animals have a "shoot me" sign taped to their backs and smaller 
    animals are harder to hit.
    - Why waste bullets on a 2-pound rabbit when you can go for 300-pound 
    black bears?
    - Shooting carelessly will scare animals away. 
    
    
    Try to keep an eye out on your ammunition count. There are 20 shots per 
    box, so plan wisely; it may be a long way until the next store. 
    
    Certain times of the year are better suited for hunting than others. 
    Also, different animals live in different terrains. When and where are 
    you most likely to see a bear?
    
    Point at the edges of the screen to move left or right. 
    
    Aim when you see a promising animal. Click to fire your gun.
    
    Do not hunt when you are near a city, town or a fort because animals do 
    not live near people, so travel about 10 seconds, then you can hunt.
    
    Be careful loading and handling your gun. Accidents can and will happen. 
    Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this.
    
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Suppose you have already shot 2 deer dead, then 
    suddenly, you injure yourself with the gun. You will lose the meat from 
    the deer you shot and will be brought back onto the trail. To counter 
    this, stop hunting right after you kill something, so you get the meat 
    and avoid getting hurt. 
    
    IMPORTANT NOTE #2: Depending on your group members, you can only carry 
    a certain number of pounds per round of hunting. Since my partners were 
    all women, we could only take 180 pounds. If I shot a 500-pound buffalo, 
    I waste 320 pounds because we could not carry them all. 
    
    My advice:
    - Buy rifles only; do not waste money on a shotgun because you will not 
    need it. Buy a back-up rifle instead.
    - Large animals will be walking towards you diagonally. Wait until they 
    are walking horizontally for a better chance of killing them.
    - It may seem strange, but a buffalo can run with 4 injured legs. Go 
    for a head shot or a heart shot to ensure that it will die. 
    - Once an animal runs away, you can still shoot at them. When they 
    start to run away diagonally, then the likelihood of shooting them 
    becomes almost 0.
    - Once the animals run away, they will not come back. Stop hunting, 
    travel for 1 second, than hunt again. The animals will be back. 
    
    My List of animals to shoot or avoid:
    
    Kill these (in order of preference): Buffalo, Bear (Includes black and 
    brown), Moose, deer.
    
    Avoid these at all costs!: squirrel, chicken, skunk, flying ducks, 
    rabbit, and anything small and light. They do not give enough pounds 
    for the bullets.
    
    
    
    LAST NOTE: If you happen to have some SALT with you, then you will 
    automatically preserve some meat with the salt.
    
    Alas, we have reached the end of this section on hunting! Since meat is 
    free and of abundance, you can trade away meat for stuff you need, like 
    clothing. Salted meat is worth even more, so save up and trade them for 
    good stuff!
    
    ---------------- Fishing----------------------------------------------
    
    An expert angler like yourself can catch trout, catfish, salmon, bass, 
    or walleye, depending on your location of the trail. What?! You do not 
    know how to fish? I will tell you, but first:
    
    To go fishing, you need a fishing pole! If you don't have one, or lost 
    it, then you will have to buy one or trade for one. You can get a 
    fishing pole in Independence, where you first start off. Make sure you 
    do not throw it away by accident!
    
    If you are not catching anything, try another part of the river. 
    
    Be sure to note your location before you start to fish! If you try to 
    fish in a desert, but not even you are that unknowledgeable, you 
    probably will not find a stream. You will also lose a day of travel.
    
    If you catch a fish (which you will) you will see a message about the 
    type of fish you caught and how much it weighs. The computer rounds 
    down, so a 3.9 pounder is the same as a 3 pounder, unless you catch 
    more fish to balance it out. The guidebook is a handy reference for 
    more information, not that you need it. 
    
    Like hunting, point toward the edges of the screen to move left or 
    right. 
    
    Point at the spot you want to fish and click. 
    
    To cast, hold down the mouse button until the pole disappears and you 
    get a view of the fish underwater. 
    
    I would recommend fishing near rocky areas or grassy areas, where, just 
    like in real life, fish hang out. 
    
    Whew! Now, let's learn to catch fish!
    
    Fishing in this game is ridiculously easy and quick. When the fish has 
    its mouth on the bait, click and you caught the fish! Whoo! Not even a 
    struggle! I can catch 10 fish every 20 seconds. 
    
    Fishing is a great way to earn quick, easy, and free meat. 
    
    My advice: If you see a big, 20 pound catfish, wait until it bites. 
    Ignore the bites from other fishes. Wouldn't you rather have a 20 pound 
    fish instead of a 3 pound one?
    
    ------------------ Gathering Plants------------------------------------
    
    Finding edible plants along the trail will increase your food supply 
    and improve your health. Almost as important, it will raise the moral 
    of your companions. People don't enjoy eating the same food everyday, 
    so give them a little variety! Just do not feed them poisonous stuff. 
    
    Make sure you know what you are easting! Some plants are poisonous; you 
    will get sick or die if you eat it. So, use your trusty guidebook to 
    look up any plant you are not sure about. 
    
    The kinds of plants you come across will vary by region and season. For 
    example, huckleberries grow in the mountains. What time of the year do 
    you think the berries will be ripe?
    
    All I can tell you is that you have to look up any plant you are not 
    sure of in the guidebook. The only two things you need to know is 
    whether it is poisonous or safe. 
    
    Throw it out if you know it is venomous. 
    
    Keep it if you know it is safe. Some safe plants are dandelions and 
    sunflowers. Gathering plants is not too difficult, even thought it may 
    be tedious looking up every single plant in the guidebook. 
    
    --------------------------- Events-------------------------------------
    
    There are over a HUNDRED events in the entire game that were true to 
    people that traveled the real trails. How you react to these events 
    will affect the outcome of the game. 
    
    If you are not sure what to do, you can ask your partners for advice or 
    consult the guidebook. You will mostly be relying on your common sense. 
    
    Consider your overall situation. For example, resting may help a sick 
    member of your party. However, if you are low on food, resting may not 
    be such a good idea. Go hunting then rest? Now you are thinking! 
    
    The different skills of your wagon party members have an affect on what 
    happens along the trail. For example, if you chose a doctor, like Miles 
    Butterfield, or YOU are a doctor, you are not so likely to get sick and 
    be treated better. Your wounds will heal faster. If you chose a person 
    who is good with animals, like Patricia Pendrake, then your oxen will 
    be in good condition and will not run away. I did not pick her and I 
    chased after lost oxen at least once a month, wasting 2 whole days in 
    the progress. 
    
    EVENT LIST:
    
    1. You have lost an Ox!
       Options:
       - Search for it.
       - Continue without it.
    If you decide to search for it, then you will lose 2 days on the trail. 
    If you have 8 or more left, you can save the time and go on without it.
    
    2. You found ______! Fill in the blank with a random, edible plant.  
    You do not get any options; you just get a few pounds of food added to 
    your supply!
    
    3. Buffalo Stampede!
       Options:
       - Wait for stampede to end.
       - Consult the map.
       - Go hunting
    
    If you wait, you will lose a day. I recommend going hunting for lots of 
    free meat, if you can carry it all. 
    
    4. River Crossing
    
    Check out the Crossing Rivers section of the guide.
    
    5. Steep Hill
    
    Check out the Crossing Hills section of the guide.
    
    6. Broken Axel
    
    Options:
    
    - Try to fix it
    - Replace it with a spare
    
    The fix it, you need some basic tools. A very good idea would be to 
    always keep spares handy.
    
    7. Broken Wheel
    
    Options:
    
    - Try to fix it
    - Replace it with a spare
    
    Just like #6. Remember to always keep an extra just in case.
    
    8. Abandoned Wagon
    
    Sometimes along the trail, you may see an empty, abandoned wagon or two. 
    
    Options:
    - Search in the wagon
    - Leave it alone
    
    I always search the wagon and I usually find tools, like axes and 
    hammers, and that's it. It may be different every time. I have also 
    found water barrels. You can also take a day and take a wheel, too. 
    
    9. Strangers up ahead.
    
    This may be the time to trade for that item you have needed for many 
    months, or maybe these people are dangerous?
    
    Options
    
    - Join their wagon party (Talk to them)
    - Ignore them
    
    When I talked with them, they seemed friendly, but it was obvious that 
    they were giving bad advice, so I just traded with them and left.
    
    10. Fever!
    
    Options:
    
    - Keep the patient warm.
    - Keep the patient cool and rest for a day.
    - Do nothing and go on
    - Rest for 2 days.
    
    The correct choice would be to keep the patient cool and rest for a day. 
    You can only hope the fever will die down.
    
    11. Bitten by rattlesnake!
    
    - Apply anesthetic and rest for 2 days.
    - Continue on as normal.
    - Apply treatment and continue on.
    
    My advice is to apply the anesthetic and rest. It will be better for 
    your entire party, especially if you set the pace to grueling. A 
    perfect excuse to rest.
    
    If you know of any events I have not yet mentioned, please contribute 
    by e-mailing me to the address at the top of the FAQ.
    
    ---------- Other People you meet along the trail-----------------------
    
    Some people you meet on the trail will give you sage advice and even 
    offer to trade with you! However, be on your guard because some people 
    may give you bad advice, or even try to cheat you!
    
    Sometimes, you may get good stuff from trades, like the box of bullets 
    you have needed badly for months. 
    
    They can tell you about themselves, the surroundings, advice, and trade. 
    At every city or fort you stop by, there will be at least 2 people you 
    can trade and talk to. 
    
    Trading is very easy. You can go and ask the person to trade. Then you 
    will see everything they have in a rather small inventory. I don't know 
    how these people survive with almost nothing. Trade some of your free 
    meat here for stuff like bullets, clothing, and hides. Hides can only 
    be bought in stores for outrageous prices. I never needed such luxuries 
    since I was more interested in beating the rush to Oregon. You can only 
    ask for one type of items at a time, while you can offer 2 different 
    items. Be careful, because you will usually get ripped off.
    
    IMPORTANT: After you click trade, the person will either accept or 
    decline. All trades are final. If you offer a deal that the other 
    person likes, then you won't get a chance to change the deal. I lost 
    200-pounds of meat for 1 box of bullets, so be careful. 
    
    Another thing I have noticed is that there isn't a way to get anymore 
    money. Don't be careless and spend all of your money before you even 
    get out of Independence. 
    
    -------------------- Crossing Rivers-----------------------------------
    
    Near the end of their long, grueling trip, pioneers faced many 
    difficult decisions. One of the more important decisions dealt with 
    rivers. Should they take Barlow Toll Road? It is safe, but time 
    consuming trail. Or should they raft down Columbia River instead? It is 
    a dangerous but speedy trip. You will face many decisions regarding 
    crossing rivers. 
    
    When you reach a river, you will get a list of the options for crossing. 
    Choose the method that will suit you the best. Be sure to check the 
    condition of the river, your budget, and your schedule. 
    
    If the water is about 3 feet deep, then you can ford the river now. If 
    the river is 4-6 feet, then you can caulk the wagon and float. 
    Otherwise, wait for a ferry. 
    
    To make an informed decision, take note of the river conditions. The 
    guidebook offers many tips on crossing different rivers. 
    
    As long as you are on a river, do your best to avoid rocks, whirlpools, 
    logs, and other hazards, otherwise you will crash and lose some 
    supplies. At river crossings, steer wide so the current doesn't pull 
    you into any hazards. 
    
    Usually, you do not get any river over 3 feet, if you follow the trail 
    suggested by the map. 
    
    NOTE: By default, river crossings are automatic. To guide the wagon 
    across the river on your own, go to the options screen and uncheck the 
    box that says Disable 3D controls. This option is recommended only to 
    users with 3D accelerator cards with full, Open GL support.
    
    Point at the top of the screen to start moving. Then point left or 
    right to steer. 
    IMPORTANT: Always look for a crazy man waving his hands at you on the 
    other side of the river. Go to him and you will have crossed the river.   
    
    ---------------------- Crossing Hills----------------------------------
    
    Sometimes, along the trail, you will come across a steep hill. Just 
    like crossing rivers, a menu of options will pop up. If the hill is 
    very steep, and you happen to have some rope and chains, you can lock 
    the wagon wheels and pull it up the hill! My personal preference for 
    anything steeper than "fairly steep" is to unload and carry some 
    supplies, then just slowly go across the hill. After you have chosen 
    your options, then you will see a very cool mini clip of going up and 
    down the hills! Like a roller coaster! My advice is to take a day and 
    unload and carry supplies. That may take a day, but you know the old 
    saying," Better safe than sorry". If the hill is fairly steep, you can 
    just go over it without any trouble. Consult your partners or the 
    guidebook if you still have further doubts.
    
    -------------------------------Hints and Tips-------------------------
    - Talk to your partners often. They will tell you if someone is sick or 
    if they don't have enough clothing.
    
    - If you chose to have a doctor as a partner, make sure you gather 
    plants and stock up on medicine. Buy maybe a couple of each to be 
    prepared for anything.
    
    - ALWAYS refer to the map when you reach a trail split of river 
    crossing, to make sure you are still going in the right direction.
    
    - Be careful and watch the health bars of you and your partners! 
    Whenever the bar dips to below half, start resting immediately! The 
    last thing anyone wants to do is to waste time and dig a grave. Be sure 
    to gather lots of vegetables to counter deadly diseases. 
    
    - It seems strange, but the accidents and diseases usually happen to 
    YOU. So your health bar may be the lowest in the group. Just make sure 
    to rest and eat plenty.
    
    - Depending on your partners, you can only carry a certain amount of 
    meat each time you hunt. Suppose you shoot a buffalo. There is no point 
    in continuing to hunt because that meat will be wasted. After you shoot 
    some big game, exit immediately because you can also reduce the risk of 
    injuring yourself.
    
    - Sometimes, when you run across a shop in a city, buy only stuff you 
    need, and none of the extras like mirrors because those only waste time, 
    money, and the strength of your oxen. 
    
    - Don't EVER buy food or get it in trade from anyone, since you can get 
    your own for free. ^_^ 
    
    ----------------------- Legal Stuff----------------------------------
    
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    for personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site or 
    otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. Use 
    of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display 
    is strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright. 
    
    ----------------------------FAQ----------------------------------------
    
    How do I get more money?
    
    A. Well, for now, you can't. You get all your money from the wagon 
    members in the beginning. Money isn't really important anyway. Food can 
    be found along the trail, and you can trade for clothing, so you really 
    only need money to buy a wagon and oxen. Even then, you should still 
    have at least $100.
    
    How do I get water?! My people are dying of thirst!
    
    A. Oh, water is called "Water Kegs" and are located under Tools in any 
    shop. They are relatively cheap and worth every penny. However, they 
    are 10 pounds a piece, so they will slow your oxen down if you are in a 
    rush to make it to Oregon.
    
    My people are starving! I have 1,000 pounds of meat! Why are my people 
    still dying of hunger?
    
    A. Um... did you, by any chance, click on the "Bare-Bones" option in the 
    rations? That means your people eat just barely enough to survive and 
    nothing more. Just click on "Filling" and you problem will be solved.
    
    What job should I pick for myself?
    
    A. It's all up to you really. I chose to be a carpenter because then I 
    would be able to fix broken wagon parts, like wheels or axels. As an 
    added bonus, I get a pretty decent stack of cash too. 
    
    What partners should I pick?
    
    If you decided not to choose a doctor as an occupation, it would be a 
    good idea to choose Miles Butterfield. Always have at least one doctor 
    who can take care of the ill. The second companion depends on your 
    style! Do you want to pick someone good with animals? Do you want to 
    travel with an Indian girl who knows the land well? I chose the lady 
    who was good with animals, because I want to RACE to Oregon. This game 
    is short anyway. It can be beaten in a couple days.
    
    Is it OK to go off course according to the bold line on the map?
    
    A. Of course it is Ok to go off course from the bold line. However, go 
    at your own risk. Chances are that you will not find any towns or 
    people to trade with so when you run out of supplies, your luck goes as 
    well. Be careful, but if you find a quicker way to Oregon, please e-
    mail me so I can post it and give you credit.
    
    OMG!!!111!!!shift+1!! Why is my wagon going so slowly? It'll take 
    FOREVER to get to Oregon!!
    
    A. Well, first, what did you set the pace to be? If you set it to 
    steady, you will be traveling a long time. Another possibility is that 
    you are carrying around too much garbage! NO! NEVER throw away your 
    stuff. Trade it instead. Oh yea, when I played through this game, I had 
    too much food and was only moving, like a mile a day. 
    
    Wait, where is this Oregon place you keep yapping about?
    
    A. It is on a deserted island 10 miles off the coast of China... just 
    joking; Oregon is on the west on the US, right near California. 
     
    
    
    Send in your questions!
    
    ----------------------My Review of this game---------------------------
    
    SCORE: 9/10
    
    
    Oregon Trail 4th Edition is the fourth expansion in the popular series. 
    It has updated graphics compared to the third one and is much more 
    realistic. It was developed by the Learning Company and was designed 
    for young people, as well as old, to teach them what life on the Oregon 
    Trail was like. This game was made for education and entertainment.
    
    Gameplay:
    
    Gameplay is very good, with new additions and easier controls. I find 
    that the controls are very easy to learn and beginners can pick it up 
    very quickly. For example, to shoot, all you have to do is click the 
    mouse. To control the wagon when you cross the river, all you have to 
    do is move around the mouse. The game overall is very easy. I beat this 
    game the second day I got it. Maybe it was because I rushed through it 
    and nearly killed all my party, but it was pretty fast anyway. This 
    game is very exciting and unpredictable. You may be healthy today, but 
    tomorrow, you may be suffering from a sickness. The game isn't very 
    hard at all. It IS realistic and can keep you busy for a couple of days.
    
    Story:
    
    This game is RPG style and the story is this: You have heard about 
    people getting rich off in California and Oregon, and you seek to do 
    the same. Guide yourself and two others to this golden land facing 
    perils and danger. There are many options you can take, like straying 
    away from the recommended course (like I did) and no two games are 
    every the same. This game can also help you with history projects later 
    on in the future, since its story is very close to what really happened 
    in the past.
    
    Sound:
    
    Just the basic sounds here, and nothing more. What is good is that the 
    people you talk to REALLY talk, and you are not just sitting there 
    READING what they say. The sound of the rifle and the shotgun is good, 
    and at the start of every event, you will here some sound pertaining to 
    that event. For example, if you have a female in the party, she will go 
    "Oh no!" ,every time somebody gets hurt.
    
    Graphics:
    
    Graphics are actually pretty good compared to earlier Oregon Trails. 
    The people move around and talk like they would if they popped to life. 
    When you cross hills, you get a roller coaster like scene of the wagon 
    rolling down the hill. Very interesting indeed. The hunting, fishing, 
    and plant gathering visuals are very advanced and excellent. Can't ask 
    for much more than this. The river crossings have logs and other 
    obstacles in the water that actually looks good. The people you meet 
    and guidebook help a lot. The only problem I see is the plants section 
    in the guidebook. In the guidebook, the plants are black and white, 
    making it VERY painful to look up every plant to see if they are 
    healthy or not. I recommend collecting only plants that you are sure of. 
    
    Play Time: 
    
    Not very long. Took me 2 days to beat it. It is fun while is lasts and 
    you can always replay the game.
    
    Replayability:
    
    Quite a long time. The games addictiveness will keep it fresh even 
    after a few years. It is worth playing again because each time you play 
    it, you are bound to see new events and run into new obstacles.
    
    Final recommendation:
    
    Definitely buy it. If you get it as a gift, you should be thankful. 
    This game is worth searching for. This game is kind of old, so you 
    should be able to get this game for about $10. For a game this good, 
    $10 is kind of cheap so I recommend that you buy it! 
    
    --------------------------Credits--------------------------------------
    
    
    Me- For writing this
    My cousin Stephanie, for letting me borrow her game.
    CJayC- For posting this guide! I was not sure whether they would let my 
    guide through or not.
    King of Chaos100- For contributing ASCII.
    
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    Next Version: Version 1.4
    
    In the next update, I will try to:
    
    -include some new events
    -Add more questions to our FAQ if some people e-mail me with some.
    
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