The Oregon Trail is a classic computer video game, which is developed by MECC. The game was made to make the children learn about the real life of the nineteenth century. The player plays the role of an instructor of a caravan who is guiding a group of people on their way. There are numerous places where the travelers can stop and decide about their way and buy some stuff that would be helpful during the course of their journey. The players can also hunt on their way with the guns and other weapons, which they buy on their way. The players can hunt the animals and use it as a foodstuff. The number of animals that the player can hunt is decided by the number of bullets he has. Also, the player can carry two hundred pounds of meat in the caravan. In addition to this, the players can also go fishing. Moreover, there are several reasons due to which the player might fall ill or get harmed. Also, a player can die because of many reasons such as snake bite, acute dehydration, acute tiredness, measles, and even loose motions. Along with this, the player can die because of sinking in some water body or quicksand or from getting shot. In addition to this, the oxen of the player can also die from illness or some injury. Furthermore, in the Oregon Trail, there are two factors, which decide the score of the player. In the first level, the player has credited points for all the people who are remaining in the group. This score which the player gets in the first stage is the raw score. In the second level, the raw score is multiplied with the resources possessed by the player.
MECC (the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium) started as a state agency. The software was given away to schools in Minnesota and elsewhere in the country. MECC was a publisher and distributor of high-quality educational software for children. In May 1996 MECC was acquired by SoftKey International Inc.