- The Yukon Trail
title = The Yukon Trail
designer = ???
released = December 31, 1994
genre = Simulation, educational, strategy
platforms = Windows, System 7
input = Mouse
"The Yukon Trail" is a 1994 computer game from
MECC, the creators of The Oregon Trail. The game is based around the Klondike Gold Rushof the late 19th century. Players start out in Seattle, where they must partner up, secure travel, and purchase needed provisions.
:"This section is applicable to the
Macintoshand Windows releases of The Yukon Trail."
The game starts in
Seattlein August 1897(right before the actual Gold Rush). The player is presented with a town with a wharf with a ferry and downtown. The game does not allow the player to buy tickets for the ferry until they choose a partner: A banker, a carpenter, a nativeof the Yukon, or a journalist. The partners (except for the journalist) each have unique modifiers: The carpenter can build a boat more effectively, the native can carry the most, and the banker has the most money. The player can then buy equipment and foodfor the journey (although they do not have to). The player then purchases a ticket on one of three ferries (each with varying reliability, with the corresponding cost) to either Skagway or Dyea. There is also a peddler who will sell one of various items, including "gold-sniffing" gophers, a trail bicycle, eggs, and caviaror kittens. Some of the peddler's items are relatively worthless, but others may be resold at a profit. The player's partner can offer advice in all of these matters, but it is not always wise to heed their advice. For instance, some partners will encourage the player to delay buying supplies until they arrive in Alaska, where supplies turn out to be more expensive, or to buy the peddler's worthless items. What advice is given depends on which partner is chosen.
Once the player gets a ticket, they head to the wharf where, depending on the ferry, they either board immediately, wait a week, or wait two weeks. Once in the town (either Skagway or Dyea), they can purchase any supplies that weren't bought in Seattle (albeit at an increased price), gamble, or head for the trail.
"The Yukon Trail" gives children plenty of opportunities to think about the situation, giving many options and many possible consequences for each event, thus building problem solving skills. The initial choice players make on the trail, and can constantly change if wished, is the load they personally carry. A smaller load resulted in the ground moved each day to become somewhat shorter (as some of the supplies have to be left behind and then returned for). Moreover, the trail becomes much more difficult to travel when encroaching upon the winter months. However, a larger load will result in a higher probability of the player or their partner being injured.
Midway through the trail, the player stops at a camp. They can then purchase (or sell) goods before heading to the Canadian border to pay a toll to pass to the
Along the trail, numerous random events can occur. Random events include: someone being injured (resulting in the player deciding whether he wants to continue at a slower pace or resting), banditry of goods or supplies, and sudden inclement weather.
Once the player arrives at the border, they will be allowed to pass if he has a certain amount of food. Then, the player arrives at
Bennett Lakeafter a short amount of hiking. While there, they meet the legendary Mountie Sam Steele. They are allowed to build one of three boats. Once the lake has melted, the player can go on the river with their boat.
On the river, the speed is determined by the type of boat chosen. There are several minigames, which involve guiding your boat out of rocks and whirlpools. After the minigame, if the player's boat has been damaged, he can choose to repair the boat or build a new one from scratch.
The river will eventually lead the player to Dawson City, where they are presented with a list of areas they and their partner can claim. There, they meet author
Jack London, Nellie Cashman, and another woman named Belinda Mulrooney. Once they have claimed an area, they can begin searching for gold. Once it becomes winter, the gold searching stops and the player's score is tallied by the amount of money he has (from the entire journey, including the gold at the claim). Most claims will yield small amounts of gold, but #1 Above Bonanza Creek and #1 Below Bonanza Creek allow you to strike it rich.
Periodically, the player stops at landmarks along the journey, where players can learn historical facts about each location. Some include the Dead Horse Trail, the
totem poles, and the three rapids: Miles Canyon, White Horse Rapidsand Five Finger Rapids.
A hidden menu can be accessed by going to the management tab, clicking enable management, and entering the password MECC.
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