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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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  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s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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Zapp Brannigan
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
I was a huge fan of Sierra adventure games and played them all endlessly on my Tandy 1000ex. Gold Rush was a favorite of mine for many reasons. That being said this game is 100% authentic to the original. The command line typing, getting run over by wagons, falling off ladders, etc. The best thing is that is played flawlessly on my modern pc. If you want the original experience, and its a good one, get this game. If you find command line typing a bit tedious it may not be your cup of tea. I would buy any Sierra game that runs this smoothly and is so true to the original.
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Lucasones
4.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
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npocmaka
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Nexiu
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
Almost 30 years after its release I decided to play this game. A game with 1 mega byte size. The puzzles are straightforward logic, well integrated with a few twists of cleverness. The game is unforgiving and your life doesn’t mean squat to anyone. A few seconds after starting the game I crossed a street just to be ran over by a carriage. You will be inflicted by Cholera just beacuse you took an unnecessary item and you will fall out of a boat just for the heck of it. This game is "mostly" for hardcore adventure gamers who are looking to kill a few hours. A nostalgic experience.
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Marian!@#$
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 10
it's a good game
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5.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
What is going on. This game is a piece of art and you should not buy any other game before trying this as this is a masterpiece. If you bought this game, you should go and praise yourself for your excellent choices.

69/9/11 would get run over by a chariot again
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𝔂𝒆𝓵𝓵𝓪
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 8
Gold Rush is a game that I recommend because:
- it is a method to banish boredom
- it has an acceptable price
- it is difficult
- it is a classic game
- it has action
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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VIX | King Renly Baratheon
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
The original game came out in 1988 and was designed by Sierra On-line. Gold Rush Classic takes you back to the roots of text based gaming as you search your way to your brother and riches. In 1988 Gold Rush was one of the most complicated games of its time. Safe to say… if you haven’t played a text-based adventure this might take some getting used to.

Story

Brooklyn: 1848. You are Jerrod, a man who has lost his brother and has waited for over 11 years for any word from his kin. Little do you know, you will receive a sign which will bring forth an exodus and change your life. The time of the gold rush is soon upon you, a time where everyone took to his or her heels to search for their riches in the West. You too must make your way westward, at any cost.

Graphics

The graphics haven’t changed from their ancestor. Colours are limited and sometimes your silhouette will fuse with the background, as the pink of the ground will be the same as your face, or the black the same as your jacket. Funny thing about this is that your eyes turn red when you walk the streets and you face away from the camera, but when you face it directly your eyes are grey and the mouth is red. This was a common ‘issue’ with older games.

The lack of a 3D environment might be slightly bothersome. You might misjudge your place on the streets and be run over by a carriage. There are some parts of the streets which aren’t quite bordered off, so you might run into an invisible wall where would seem to be a road. A little unclarity, but then again it’s to be expected from the most complicated game from 1988.

Sound

There are no voices in the game and the only sounds you’ll hear are when you’ve achieved something and gained points or when you’ve made a mistake, consequently losing points. Since this game is based on it’s predecessor, the creators tried to keep as much of the spirit alive.

Gameplay

Text based games are all about finding out what works and what doesn’t. You have to explore every possible thing to discover what yields the result you need. This makes the game extremely satisfying, although it is rather daunting to a newcomer. This game gives no information when you start a game. You begin in the middle of Brooklyn and you are informed of the date. You don’t get information about the fact that you are holding a key to your house, or even that you have one to begin with. Most games would commence at the homestead, in the familiarity of the place to start off a tutorial, showing you what button does what and what are possibilities. Even if it is just for the first two rooms, it would help a lot of newcomers appreciate the reasoning that’s needed for the game. It goes back to the root of gaming which shows nothing is given and everything gained is an achievement, making the journey more satisfying.

There isn’t any information about saving the game, so I had to start all over again everytime the game started. Funny thing is, I still don’t know how to get to the menu. I got run over in my first playthrough, right after losing all my points because I walked on the grass.

I needed some help on what to do next, so after looking for some information, I found out how to sell your house. This might seem strange, but is necessary if you want to buy a ticket for a carriage ride. The code to your account is on a transcript in your house.This code changes every single playthrough, though you don’t need the transcript. Should you not have the knowledge on getting in the house like I did, you can bother the bankmanager about your bankaccount number. There’s a lot of things that you don’t know about and a lot goes missing this way. The game isn’t quite suited for the newbies to the genre and appeals more to the text based savvies.

Conclusion

A remake of the 1988 Classic, Gold Rush Classic stays true to its origins. Its learning curve is steep and there’s little or no room for error. Without a tutorial, a newcomer to the genre is going to feel lost. If you are into text based games, this will be right up your alley. If you want to try out something new, then be prepared for a new sensation, because this game gives nothing up, and will expect you to dig deep for clues.

Good: Consistent feel in sound, graphics and gameplay
Bad: Difficult to grasp
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MRK | kickback.com
13.3 hrs
Posted: August 6
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The Wolf
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 6
Thrilled to have picked up a copy of Gold Rush! This gem was one that took a lot of perseverance from my part to finish all possible paths, back then. There are multiple ways to complete the game, which is something that was unusual for the time, and it truly provided me with numerous hours of fun. It was also possible to progress in your adventure only to find later that you'd failed to buy a vital piece of equipment from the hardware store :) So save, try, load, try again, save.

Produced by Sierra, which was then becoming a household name in these kind of titles, this is the product of an age when games relied on actual story and not on graphics. Recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Almost 30 years after its release I decided to play this game. A game with 1 mega byte size. The puzzles are straightforward logic, well integrated with a few twists of cleverness. The game is unforgiving and your life doesn’t mean squat to anyone. A few seconds after starting the game I crossed a street just to be ran over by a carriage. You will be inflicted by Cholera just beacuse you took an unnecessary item and you will fall out of a boat just for the heck of it. This game is "mostly" for hardcore adventure gamers who are looking to kill a few hours. A nostalgic experience.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
What is going on. This game is a piece of art and you should not buy any other game before trying this as this is a masterpiece. If you bought this game, you should go and praise yourself for your excellent choices.

69/9/11 would get run over by a chariot again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Gold Rush is a game that I recommend because:
- it is a method to banish boredom
- it has an acceptable price
- it is difficult
- it is a classic game
- it has action
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
The original game came out in 1988 and was designed by Sierra On-line. Gold Rush Classic takes you back to the roots of text based gaming as you search your way to your brother and riches. In 1988 Gold Rush was one of the most complicated games of its time. Safe to say… if you haven’t played a text-based adventure this might take some getting used to.

Story

Brooklyn: 1848. You are Jerrod, a man who has lost his brother and has waited for over 11 years for any word from his kin. Little do you know, you will receive a sign which will bring forth an exodus and change your life. The time of the gold rush is soon upon you, a time where everyone took to his or her heels to search for their riches in the West. You too must make your way westward, at any cost.

Graphics

The graphics haven’t changed from their ancestor. Colours are limited and sometimes your silhouette will fuse with the background, as the pink of the ground will be the same as your face, or the black the same as your jacket. Funny thing about this is that your eyes turn red when you walk the streets and you face away from the camera, but when you face it directly your eyes are grey and the mouth is red. This was a common ‘issue’ with older games.

The lack of a 3D environment might be slightly bothersome. You might misjudge your place on the streets and be run over by a carriage. There are some parts of the streets which aren’t quite bordered off, so you might run into an invisible wall where would seem to be a road. A little unclarity, but then again it’s to be expected from the most complicated game from 1988.

Sound

There are no voices in the game and the only sounds you’ll hear are when you’ve achieved something and gained points or when you’ve made a mistake, consequently losing points. Since this game is based on it’s predecessor, the creators tried to keep as much of the spirit alive.

Gameplay

Text based games are all about finding out what works and what doesn’t. You have to explore every possible thing to discover what yields the result you need. This makes the game extremely satisfying, although it is rather daunting to a newcomer. This game gives no information when you start a game. You begin in the middle of Brooklyn and you are informed of the date. You don’t get information about the fact that you are holding a key to your house, or even that you have one to begin with. Most games would commence at the homestead, in the familiarity of the place to start off a tutorial, showing you what button does what and what are possibilities. Even if it is just for the first two rooms, it would help a lot of newcomers appreciate the reasoning that’s needed for the game. It goes back to the root of gaming which shows nothing is given and everything gained is an achievement, making the journey more satisfying.

There isn’t any information about saving the game, so I had to start all over again everytime the game started. Funny thing is, I still don’t know how to get to the menu. I got run over in my first playthrough, right after losing all my points because I walked on the grass.

I needed some help on what to do next, so after looking for some information, I found out how to sell your house. This might seem strange, but is necessary if you want to buy a ticket for a carriage ride. The code to your account is on a transcript in your house.This code changes every single playthrough, though you don’t need the transcript. Should you not have the knowledge on getting in the house like I did, you can bother the bankmanager about your bankaccount number. There’s a lot of things that you don’t know about and a lot goes missing this way. The game isn’t quite suited for the newbies to the genre and appeals more to the text based savvies.

Conclusion

A remake of the 1988 Classic, Gold Rush Classic stays true to its origins. Its learning curve is steep and there’s little or no room for error. Without a tutorial, a newcomer to the genre is going to feel lost. If you are into text based games, this will be right up your alley. If you want to try out something new, then be prepared for a new sensation, because this game gives nothing up, and will expect you to dig deep for clues.

Good: Consistent feel in sound, graphics and gameplay
Bad: Difficult to grasp
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Thrilled to have picked up a copy of Gold Rush! This gem was one that took a lot of perseverance from my part to finish all possible paths, back then. There are multiple ways to complete the game, which is something that was unusual for the time, and it truly provided me with numerous hours of fun. It was also possible to progress in your adventure only to find later that you'd failed to buy a vital piece of equipment from the hardware store :) So save, try, load, try again, save.

Produced by Sierra, which was then becoming a household name in these kind of titles, this is the product of an age when games relied on actual story and not on graphics. Recommended.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game was bad when it first came out, and it definitely has not aged well at all. It was an "edu-tainment" title Sierra tried to get teachers to use to teach about history, and it was not good.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
79 of 83 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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