Gold Rush! takes you back to the year 1849, when gold was discovered in California. It was certainly one of the most exciting times in American history. Gold Rush! includes the three routes tens of thousands took to the gold regions. Become Jerrod Wilson and experience each trek as you travel from New York to California.
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Mostly Positive (57 reviews) - 75% of the 57 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 23, 1988

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Gold Rush! takes you back to the year 1849, when gold was discovered in California. It was certainly one of the most exciting times in American history. Gold Rush! includes the three routes tens of thousands took to the gold regions. Become Jerrod Wilson and experience each trek as you travel from New York to California.

Whichever route you decide to take, you will see many historical sights. Try going overland across the Great Plains and huge mountain ranges, crossing the Isthmus of Panama, or rounding Cape Horn on the tip of South America. If you survive and arrive at Sutter’s Fort, the adventure is still only half over! Many other puzzles remain to be solved before you achieve your goals in California.

Experience the classic style of the original game, which delighted millions of gamers in the eighties. Gold Rush! is automatically installed and configured to run on all modern Windows systems, via DOSBox.

Features:

  • Unique art design causes you to travel back to the middle of the 19th Century
  • Three different western routes (3 adventures in one game)
  • Parser interface

Bonus Items:

  • Historical map of the three routes
  • Original User’s Guide
  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s
  • Compatible operating systems: Windows XP to Windows 8 with the help of DOSBox

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Pentium 200 MHz
    • Storage: 30 MB available space
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Release Date: 23 Dec, 1988

classic game love it!!
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Product received for free
figured out how to play, i just don't enjoy it
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80 of 84 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
This was one of the classic early Sierra adventure games, featuring random deaths, the ever-present threat of mining the wrong claim, and proof of Al Lowe's sacred mantra 'Save Early, Save Often.' If you can get past the parser interface (you'll have to actually type with correct spelling with the approved verbs) this version seems to have fixed some of the timing issues (particularly the 'normal is timestop') in previous DosBox versions. It's fairly historically accurate, it's more than entertaining for a really old game, and for an old Sierra fan like myself, it was an instabuy.

The sound does seem to lag the game just a bit, which is odd.

9/10
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
This game can be super annoying if you don’t know what to expect. Part of it is the primitive mechanics. It’s not like today’s point and click game where you click on a location and the character will move there. You have to use your arrow keys to direct every step of the movement. You also have to instruct the character what to do. Encountering another character will not automatically trigger conversation. You have to tell your character to ‘talk’ by typing this in. If you don’t type in the correct series of words, this will also halt your progress. And last but not least, there is potential to fall into a big hole in this game. Let’s say you did not pick up a certain something on level one, well if you don’t have it at level 10, you can forget finishing this game …  Still, there is a lot of charm to this game with its graphics and story plot. I recommend it on sale. I would also like to play the updated anniversary edition.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2015
It's one of the TRUE CLASSICS so even though it aged really bad (and by that I don't mean bad graphics and sound) I simply HAVE TO recommend it to the new generations of gamers. Games such as Gold Rush! really put your mind to the test since you actually have no idea what to do once you're in the game. There are no pointers, almost no hints and there are timed events that you are not even aware of!

Play this game and have a taste of how games were back in the eighties!
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
Gosh, growning up and getting my first 286 machine with a mathco and discovering the plethora of adventure games from Sierra On-line (then just Sierra), oh my old 2400 baud modem, my Game Blaster, oh and my CAD digitizer (I know I am geeking out here), but all of it made playing games like this so much fun and challenge. Save often friends, you may live or you may die, but at least you can retry ;). Gold Rush had to be one of the most entertaining games I played, I was a history buff and getting to somewhat live it in this game made it a true blast, and that is only part of the fun. You also had to figure out what to say and how to say it correctly to get items, or get the correct information, or not die from scurvy going around the cape! Everyone shoudl play this if nothing but for the history of adventure games. Thank you for reading!
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46 of 74 people (62%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
I have no idea how to play this game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
Reminds me a bit of Kings Quest, 4 mostly. It's about as silent as it. :P
Numerous ways to die or rather to succeed in your quest for gold!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
Pro:
This is what 80s games were like .... seriously f'd up. Thus why you spent $$$ on a hint guide or run over to Compuserve and search for hours to find what to do next.
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Con:
This is 80s games (save save save do something save die restore)
Very dated (mostly in a good way but it is trying)

Overall:
You'll either love it or hate it. Just be prepared to work to have fun in this game.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
A decently fun game, provided you don't have huge expectations. It's one of the lesser-known Sierra games, and doesn't have a HUGE amount of puzzles or variability to it (despite the "three routes" claim). It might take you just a couple of hours to grind through it all. But I'd say it's worthwhile, if nothing else, for the underrepresented historical genre.
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Posted: September 2
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Good Game.
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xtazY
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 2
IT'S THE GOLD RUSH, GO GET YOUR GOLD LADS
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warlordak47
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 1
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old game cool game
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DjGodary86
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
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nope but it's up to you what you really want
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