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    Sep132017

    Oregon Trail and more: Retro '90s games from Pressman Toy

    retro 90s games from Pressman Toy

    Long, long ago, in what now seems an alternate universe, I had three daughters living at home, three daughters attending elementary school. Computers in the classroom were new, our home computer even newer. Games on both were DOS-based. And they. were. awesome. Especially in the pixel-dazzled eyes of my daughters.

    At school, my girls and their friends clamored for computer time. Oregon Trail time, in particular. They so enjoyed attempting to survive the oft-deadly challenges of the trail west at school that we purchased the game — on 3.5-inch disk... or perhaps it was a 5.25-inch floppy — to play at home.

    My girls (and my husband) spent hours at the screen hunting, scavenging, escaping bears, and crossing rivers as they traversed the seemingly never-ending Oregon Trail. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much. But always an educational hoot regardless of the outcome.

    Fast forward a couple decades and imagine my delight when I received an offer from Pressman Toy to review the new Oregon Trail board game. Well, of course!

    But wait! There's more! More being the opportunity to also check out games based on two more of my daughters' favorites from those golden grade-school years: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and Saved by the Bell. Plus a bonus I had never heard of, Legends of the Hidden Temple, based on a Nickelodeon show of the same name.

    Well, of course, I replied, to all of the above!

    Such fun... and such excitement upon receipt.

    Unfortunately my daughters, now in their 30s with busy lives mostly miles away from me, weren't available for unpacking and playing with me. But Brianna was happy to send over James to lend me a helping hand in reviewing. At nine-years-old, James had never heard of these faves of stepmom Brianna and her sisters, but he was open to learning. And immediately drawn to Legends of the Hidden Temple, as you'll see below.

    Here's a closer look at the fabulous retro fun James and I unpacked, perused, and played, courtesy Pressman Toy and Goliath Games (with game descriptions and instructional videos from Pressman Toy):

    First up, of course, THE OREGON TRAIL: HUNT FOR FOOD GAME.

    oregon trail game

    If you thought The Oregon Trail game was fun, now Pressman Toy is bringing the classic computer game to life again with The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food Game! Gather your fellow travelers, hunt for wild game, and search abandoned wagons. You must collect 600 pounds of meat to win. Play this game on its own or as an expansion to The Oregon Trail Card Game. Can you survive? For 2-6 Players, Ages 12 & Up.

     

    SAVED BY THE BELL GAME

    saved by the bell game

    It's the official Saved by the Bell Game!  Who remembers The Max, Bayside High School, the loveable principal Mr. Belding, and all of our favorite 90's kids Zack, Jessie, Kelly, Slater, Lisa, and Screech!  Now you can relive this classic sitcom and the unforgettable episodes.  Once you've collected one card of each character or three cards of a single character, you've won the game and you've been... Saved by the Bell! For 2-6 Players, Ages 8 & Up.

     

    WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? CARD GAME 

    where in the world is carmen sandiego game

    In the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Card Game, you will be on a top-secret mission to recover the greatest treasures known to mankind – The Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty’s Torch, and more. Get ready to jet set across the globe. Your assignment is to apprehend Carmen Sandiego, track the location of her hideout, and determine which loot she stole. Can you catch Carmen?  For 2-4 Players, Ages 8 & Up.

     

    And James' favorite: LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE GAME!

    legends of the hidden temple game james loves Legends of the Hidden Temple game

    Nickelodeon's Legends of the Hidden Temple Game is here! Six teams will begin their journey, but only one will earn the chance to enter the Temple and retrieve the lost treasure. But beware – to earn this privilege, you must endure tests of fortitude and intelligence, winning the Pendants of Life to protect you from the dreaded Temple Guards who are protecting the artifacts. Do you have what it takes to take on all three rounds and escape from the Temple in time? The choices are yours and yours alone! For 4-12 Players, Ages 12 & Up.

     

    All four retro '90s games from Pressman Toy are available exclusively at Target, where Saved by the Bell Game is $15.99 and the other three are $11.99 each.

    You can find out more about these games and others at Pressman Toy. And you can find my husband and me enjoying at least three of these four games with any of our three daughters who join us on our next game night. (Bet ya can't guess which games that might be!)

     Disclosure: I received these games free for review; opinions and anecdotes are my own.

    Reader Comments (2)

    I do remember the Where in the World is Carmen Santiago although I have never played any of these games. I think I will look for that one as it sounds educational and like it would be fun to play with the grandkids. I always like to find things to do with them that don't involve electronics or glitter.

    September 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Such fun to be able to introduce another generation to games that a previous liked so much! Glad James is now more familiar with what Brianna and her sisters were doing at the age he is right now. That is an good way to make him feel even more , really, part of then family.

    And this seems to have given you pleasure, too. Good thing for all.

    September 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

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