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 (81 reviews) - 71% of the 81 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  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s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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Overall:
Mostly Positive (81 reviews)
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codefenix
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
This is an oft overlooked classic, and deserves a play. Designed on Sierra's AGI platform, players familiar with the original King's Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry games from the 80s will feel right at home. The game offers replayability, as there are three different paths from Brooklyn to Sacramento, each with its own unique challenges and puzzles to overcome. The designers also painstakingly went to great lengths to include various points of historical detail about The United States as it was being formed, and the sacrifices made and hardships endured by those who risked the journey across... granted, it's a work of pure fiction, but it paints a believable picture, at least believable enough for an 80s adventure game to be immersive.

Well worth a play for the price.
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Curlytron
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
This game is an extremely outdated point and click quest. 20 years ago this would have been an okay game. Nowadays there are much more current point and click quests to satisfy gaming needs. Definitely not worth full price ($6) if you are not into point and click games. Maybe worth it to die hard point and click fans on a steep sale.
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Enkazadas The Indomitable
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 26
Extroadinarily classic. Almost to the point of unplayability, from my perspective.
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Boxa
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 21
This is one of those old (classic) games of 'point and click' (here you have to type), where you have to save a lot before you do things in this game.
If you like games like king's quest, but with pretty dated graphics, or just want to explore this world, it is actually worth it, since it is not that expensive. You might as well wait for any sale, but the game does its job okay.
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TiffanyAK
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
This is a surprisingly challenging 80s-era text-based game. This is how games used to be: entering the exact right typed commands in the exact order needed, saving often, and reloading frequently when things go wrong. The graphics are, of course, in the 8-bit early style, and like most such games doesn't look good or age well by today's standards, but the nostalgia factor is off the charts.
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AccidentlyOnPurpose
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
3.6*/10 - Current rating on an Awesome Classic (27 years old)

This game can't be ignored as being awesome when it came out. The game, however, hasn't aged well at all. The graphics are old but artfully done. It's really easy to die in this old school map, don't be fooled this game still has some spunk, You just use directional keys and type commands such as look or take, so this is a challenge for sure!

I'm looking forward to playing the updated version, since this one was just too old and dated to enjoy.

Maybe worth $1 for nostalgia sake.

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slokey
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
really neat game
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Okdemir
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Very old and not enjoyable game for me. Tried to play but my eyes didn't let me play. For my opinion ''don't waste your time''.
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DrGrizzlyDoge/may the fourth
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
got this with 10 random keys, launched it, Tried pressing w a s d, Nothing.
Next day i learned how to move, Then got ran over by a horse
9/11 can't quickscope
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Mr.Crab
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 28, 2015
my best game
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Saint Aaron
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 19, 2015
Brings back the good ole days. Some of the deaths are pretty strange. Sound didnt work for me
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Ithaqua
( 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.
Steam cards


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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Akhtanizovskaya
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 10, 2015
Cool game!
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Asphodel
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 9, 2015
Good old school adventure game, but not for young public...
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jackhomes
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
Even the graphics are very old, the gameplay is good. There are some strange deaths, but overall a really good adventure. I love to play the old adventures from Sierra!
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xxxI'm a MLG PRO GAMER 420xxx
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 19, 2015
I Have no idea what going on in this game
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The THUNDACLAP
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 16, 2015
Walked into the livery and got stuck. rip jerrod, his adventure ended before it even began.
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Lew1s32
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 29, 2015
why just why
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yuru
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: August 18, 2015
Even after 20 years this game still makes no sense to me
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Feeble The Great
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 2, 2015
It took me about ten minutes to figure out how to move (hint: it's not WASD). 10/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 8 people (100%) 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.
Steam cards


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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
This is a surprisingly challenging 80s-era text-based game. This is how games used to be: entering the exact right typed commands in the exact order needed, saving often, and reloading frequently when things go wrong. The graphics are, of course, in the 8-bit early style, and like most such games doesn't look good or age well by today's standards, but the nostalgia factor is off the charts.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Brings back the good ole days. Some of the deaths are pretty strange. Sound didnt work for me
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
3.6*/10 - Current rating on an Awesome Classic (27 years old)

This game can't be ignored as being awesome when it came out. The game, however, hasn't aged well at all. The graphics are old but artfully done. It's really easy to die in this old school map, don't be fooled this game still has some spunk, You just use directional keys and type commands such as look or take, so this is a challenge for sure!

I'm looking forward to playing the updated version, since this one was just too old and dated to enjoy.

Maybe worth $1 for nostalgia sake.

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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
63 of 65 people (97%) found this review helpful
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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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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20 of 21 people (95%) 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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42 of 63 people (67%) found this review helpful
31 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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17 of 19 people (89%) 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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12 of 15 people (80%) 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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
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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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
One of the greater classics in modern human civilization (1945-Present), Gold Rush! Classic is based on the true story of a strong rounded character named St. Alfonzo and his trek to a California territory full of gold named, "San Francisco". Gold Rush! Classic reminds me of the old school shoot 'em up genre blended with a smooth arcade old-school feeling. The classic and simplistic gameplay reminds me about Galaga. I friggin' love Galaga and wish it was on Steam, but Gold Rush! Classic will have to do. Until then, I'm off to St. Alfonzo's pancake breakfast.
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I jump'd aboard the telegraph and trabbeled down de ribber,
De lectrie fluid magnified, and kill'd five hundred ♥♥♥♥♥♥.

Oh Susannah! Oh, don't you cry for me!
For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
Best game ever.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2015
awesome game xDDDD
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2015
It took me about ten minutes to figure out how to move (hint: it's not WASD). 10/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
Even the graphics are very old, the gameplay is good. There are some strange deaths, but overall a really good adventure. I love to play the old adventures from Sierra!
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