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 (90 reviews) - 71% of the 90 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  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s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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Mostly Positive (90 reviews)
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Action Jackson
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
I literally have no idea what to do. Please help.
But for 59cents i guess it's okay.
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Jr786
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef3w1t4Qy9o
Although released as one of the last few Sierra Titles that uses the AGI Engine released in 1988, it's also one of the most hardest games that Sierra made. Travel from New York to California as Jerrod Wilson during the Great Gold Rush of 1849 & strike it rich while visiting 3 different locations along the way but each route has its dangers since Sierra Adventure Games are known for is that fact that you can die in adventure games if you're careless with your actions or via random deaths.

Don't take TOO LONG to leave NY In-Game, otherwise passages to California increase in price since the game is timed.
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Nekro G
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Wow is this a Flashback to the old apple computer days.
Wow, I'll be the first to admit, this game is quite old and has aged a bit, I have yet to play the remake, and have played this before once a VERY long time ago but honestly don't remember much of it, But am writing this review strictly on the Steam Version.

The intro has a nice jaunty tune, And a story to get you into it before you even take control. It was put together very well, Then comes in Oh Susanna!, And it makes you feel even more like you in the goldrush days.
For as old as this is, the Graphics are actually not as bad as you'd think.
While they do like some advanced User in Paint was getting down, they still have a nice charm to them.

Unfortunently the music stops after the games starts and it becomes very queit
Even talking to people doesn't make a sound

The Guy moves very slow, luckily there is an option in the menu, I quickly switched that to fastest so I can game on.

The controls arent bad, the response system is a little hard if your unfamiliar with games that garner your text responses.

The game is similiar to that of Monkey Island, another classic I might add.

The constant guessing is a double edge sword, while it is fun to guess, after awhile it can get a little annoying.

I was able to buy some stuff at the store, I found 2 places to buy tickets, but both have outrageous prices, I went to ask my boss for a raise, but just like real life he played dumb like he didn't know what I was talking about -_-

Then I got stopped by the police For being on Grass...Also Like Real life..
I Found my dead parents, Game is cool, just not easy without multiple choice.

Gotta admit the game is realistic tho lol.

Overall the Game is fun, But requires a lot of patience and a thinking mind.

PROS:
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+Nostaligia
+Adventerous
+Great Music in intro

CONS:
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-Movement Speed is Incredibly slow on default
-Not That Exciting
-Can become frustrating if you don't know what to type
-No music during most of gameplay

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JakDough
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
How do I even own this game?
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mr.oliborg
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
i dont get the point of the game
and the playtime is for the cards
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Emmelise
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
I first played this game when I had hit my early teens and the first personal computers were truly making their way into the homes of the general population, and now 20 years later I finally managed to complete it. I highly recommend it for anyone to feel that nostalgia and see what a great game this was.

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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, Lord Of The Isles
( 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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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I literally have no idea what to do. Please help.
But for 59cents i guess it's okay.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
68 of 71 people (96%) 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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21 of 22 people (95%) 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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21 of 23 people (91%) 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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44 of 67 people (66%) found this review helpful
33 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 20 people (85%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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12 of 16 people (75%) 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 16 people (75%) 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 9 people (89%) 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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