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.
User reviews: Positive (17 reviews)
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  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s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 or 8
    • Processor: Pentium 200 MHz
    • Hard Drive: 30 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Brought back great memories playing this game! Would love to see a remake, but I was definitely happy to get to re-live this classic!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
It's the great classic just as I remember, they did go back and remove a couple timer bugs and point bugs, I did the Panama route which had a few bugs at least and I was able to get 255 out of 255, on the original game, I always had an issue with that. I really wish the remake they were working on was a hand drawn remake instead of a 3d one, hopefully one day I'll be able to release my personal remake.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I jump'd aboard the telegraph and trabbeled down de ribber,
De lectrie fluid magnified, and kill'd five hundred ♥♥♥♥er.

Oh Susannah! Oh, don't you cry for me!
For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
The tale of how California became a state comprising of rich and pompous ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s.
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7 of 20 people (35%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This game changed my life forever. I got to expirence what it was like before the gold rush by walking around and wondering what the heck the purpose of life was. This game has hard hitting questions, graphics that can only be handled by the most beastly of computers, a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat 24/7 and the best was the godly survival aspect. The closest games that have ever come close to this game are games such as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and other games that have made lasting impression such as that. I would rate this a solid 10/10...Okay I had no idea what i was doing.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
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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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
A trip down memory lane. I can finally play Gold Rush (one of my favorites as a kid) legally! Woo hoo!!
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