One of the first Sierra games I've played, and despite its flaws, I enjoyed it greatly. Bear in mind, that at moment of writing, the game is 27 years old, so it's hard to say whether the game withstood the test of time without losing my personal view on the game.
The story is centered around Jerrod Wilson who one day receives a letter from his brother, concerning the discovery of a possible goldmine in California. As the player, your task is to move to California and strike luck with finding your brother and the promised gold. Animations and movement is detailed (for that time) and the city of Brooklyn where the player starts is filled with interaction and characters.
You can take several routes towards California and taking those journeys behold some of the games biggest flaws. Deaths seem to be often and sometimes even random during the journeys, leaving you with nothing else but to restore a previous saved game.
During your travels for example, you might catch cholera or you can get overrun by indians, if you haven't bought the right type of ox for your travels. Also the timer which triggers events can cause trouble on nowadays computers. Certain actions, like saving your stagecoach can get tricky at normal speed with the current type of hardware available. Basically it's important (in most, if not all Sierra games) to make sure you save often.
The game is very mercilessly in a lot of ways. If you don't find yourself a gold coin in the beginning of the game, you're not able to purchase tools later on and inevitably leaving you to restart or restore. Also getting all points is a hassle, especially near the end when trying to locate all the gold spots to mine (the cave part).
In conclusion: Gold Rush will always have a special place in my heart. I remember playing the game without a crack, trying to figure out the correct copy-protection answers before being led to the hanging. It probably won't be a thing for the less patient person, but the game is still very playable with Dosbox and provided with the proper documentation a must-play for Sierra fans.