Would You Rather Chase Down Crooks Or Avoid Broken Axles and Dysentary?

What's better: travelling the world solving mysteries or saddling up with a posse and travelling the trails? I was hinting at the two old-school games that will be hitting the social gaming market soon: The Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego.

What’s better: travelling the world solving mysteries or saddling up with a posse and travelling the trails? I was hinting at the two old-school games that will be hitting the social gaming market soon: The Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego.

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is coming to Facebook next week, so get yer ammo and wagons ready. The Oregon Trail, not famous for the game’s social aspect, will be added to the Facebook platform to allows users to interact with each other – giving gamers the social direction they were craving for. According to the Oregon Trail Facebook page, the launch date is Wednesday, February 2nd, at high noon.

Don’t forget to take a look at the official trailer to get a glimpse of what you may be getting yourself into. Take the time to assemble your wagon party offline before the game hits the market. Discuss with your friends the downfall of deadly disease like dysentery, typhoid, cholera and the measles. Take the time to designate individuals who will hunt for food for the family.

If next week is too far in the future for you, become a participant in The Learning Company‘s latest Souped-Up Wagon contest to receive a free Oregon Trail t-shirt. Creating a specialized ride for the trail should not be a problem, if of course you have been an avid Oregon Trail gamer. Send in a picture by Tuesday, February 1st, to compete with the other cowboys and cowgirls.

Carmen Sandiego

Maybe James Patterson’s Catch A Killer is a little too advanced for you or you’d also like something with a little less gore. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, may be just the game for you. Hitting Facebook on February 9th, this game looks to incorporate its gamers in a global hunt to find Carmen. Pick your case, follow the clues, catch the crooks, and maybe you’ll just find her.

Check the trailer out here.

CJ Arlotta covers the world of social gaming for development firms as well as the average consumer. Currently, he is accumulating more knowledge of the international gaming market to follow and understand what global developers may need to compete with already striving markets.