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The last version of The Oregon Trail I played had the farmer as the biggest multiplier (pre-teacher) and had graphical hunting. This was on the Apple II.

Except for the ability to trade (and particularly to the Indian river guides) does clothing serve any particular purpose?

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My apologies, I could have sworn you could pick up heavier clothing even in the version that came out oh so long ago. – James Oct 5 '12 at 16:55
@James yeah, I also recall trying to complete it (as banker, just testing) without any clothes at all and don't remember any serious consequences. – Matthew Oct 5 '12 at 16:56
Bartering/guides is the only purpose I remember, but that was a long time ago and I couldn't find an authoritative source. – PeterL Oct 5 '12 at 17:06
This should be tagged with the name of the game. Is the game actually called "The Oregon Trail" or does it have a subtitle or something? – murgatroid99 Oct 5 '12 at 17:51
@murgatroid99 Yeah it should, and according to the wikipedia article it is just 'The Oregon Trail' – James Oct 5 '12 at 17:57
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Clothes are only useful for bartering with traders or Indians. I did not have the opportunity to play the original on the Apple II, but I found an online version that is exactly like DOS version. The graphics may be different compared to the Apple II. You can play it here:

I played through this many times for fun, and I have found no other purpose for clothes than the ones you stated.

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