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: Mostly Positive (70 reviews) - 70% of the 70 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  • Unpublished original concept drawings of the developer from the 80s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
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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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60 of 62 people (97%) found this review helpful
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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