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Gold Rush!

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Gold-Rush.img_.sit (1.28 MB)
MD5: ebddc8fa653b6dcbf711ad1ab32f0aa4
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (66.85 MB)
MD5: cbf5e484a954334785dcc4df5123f236
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac ScummVM

Make your way from Brooklyn to California to reunite with your brother and take part in the gold rush.

The 'Manual' download is the Readme file supplied with the game, converted to PDF format.

Architecture: 68k

On the Mac, this game works in b/w or 16 colors.


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by Realitystorm - 2020, August 11 - 2:45pm

There appears to be a fix. Larry 1 with AGI 2.06 works in 16 colours, on Basilisk II with some issues, works without errors on my LC 475 in 24bit mode. So keep an eye out for 2.x releases, only the interpreter seems to have changed (1991 date stamp), the other files and game version appear to be unchanged. More details of my testing and experiments at

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by Realitystorm - 2020, January 25 - 3:30pm

I found out the reason for the issue with the color versions, it appears to be a incompatibility caused by the move from 24-bit to 32-bit quickdraw. The issue was never fixed, see section 2 at:

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by MCP - 2012, June 4 - 9:45pm

I've added a second archive with disk images taken from original media, and including full docs in PDF taken from the web.

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by Bolkonskij - 2011, April 10 - 9:19am

Gold Rush! from Sierra. One of the hardest adventure games I've ever played. But one of the best too. You start out in Brooklyn in 1848 just before the Gold Rush when everyone drops whatever he is doing and rushes to California in search of gold. Unsatisfied with your life you decide to go to Cali too. You may even find your long lost brother there. From here on it is up to you as the player what to do - are you going to buy a ship passage? Will you go on the stagecoach? What items should you get for the trip? How to raise the money? Is it better to wait for the Gold Rush to begin (ETA: 15 minutes in game) or should you silently leave NY before that?

Gold Rush! is one of those gaming gems that makes you perfectly believe that you enjoy freedom while there is (almost) none. As with all Sierra adventures the story is the driving element, not the game mechanics itself. Using a parser to type commands feels a bit quirky today, but is fun too. Especially some of the responses are really funny Smile)

Unfortunately the game is very picky on how to run. I tried it both in OS 9.2.2 and classic emulation, with colors set back to 256 but to no avail. Best thing might be getting a cheap original OS 7 machine.

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by MacSierraLover (not verified) - 2009, June 16 - 1:07am

Man I could never beat this game with full points. Mining for that gold never seemed to get me enough points!! But boy this game sure brings back memories

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 1 - 7:56am

I think this game also works in Basilisk set to 16 colors.
Someone could check this, please.