Even though Sierra made Gold Rush back in 1988, it’s still a classic I really wish they’d make a sequel to. The storyline is fresh and interesting and seems like a Monkey Island in the Old West or even an older version of Sierra's later western game, Freddy Pharkas.
The story follows the misadventures of a city slicker named Jerrod Wilson. A journalist for a Brooklyn newspaper, Jerrod's main goal in life is to go to California and find his long-lost brother who has been accused of a crime he didn't commit. Jerrod also hopes to find gold, become rich, and settle down with the lady of his dreams. It is up to you to help Jerrod accomplish his goals. He'll face many dangers in the Old West, so keep on your toes in order to protect him from danger. The game contains three different paths, but you’ll have to find them for yourself as I don’t want to spoil the game for you.
Game play is the same as all of Sierra's adventure games of the time. Examples include Space Quest, The Colonel's Bequest, and Quest for Glory. Use the arrow keys to move the character around; type ‘get’ to get, ‘look’ to look, etc; and use TAB to bring up the inventory. But beware, because like many Sierra games there are many ways to die. I recommend you save before doing something, so you get to see every hilarious dying scene. They are quite worth watching.
Puzzles are complex and difficult, but I always found that this was the best part of Sierra's games. Music and sound in the game are pretty good and give it an authentic Wild West feel.
I highly recommend this game to those who like Sierra games or any of the old adventure games.
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