Gold Rush Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

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First Download the Free Game Gold Rush:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows XP or Windows Vista:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\GoldRush. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox installer
Windows Vista folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the GoldRush folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the Gold Rush config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Dosbox config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

Abandonia: For those who downloaded the game from Abandonia copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\goldrush
cd goldrush

XTC Abandonware: For those who downloaded the game from XTC Abandonware copy and paste the following text:

mount c c:\games\goldrush

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract the Gold Rush Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the Gold Rush game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to save the extracted files, select "C:\Games\GoldRush" . When you're done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

As Good as Gold:

Gold Rush screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\GoldRush" folder and the game Gold Rush will launch, have fun!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH! You have made my summer, and I really appreciate someone taking the time to help us less computer savvy people reconnect with their childhood games :)

craig said...

ive had a couple of issues with goldrush,firstly unless you are on normal speed the clock doesn't go,and the game works on time,secondly upon getting so far it says out of memory and crashes, any fixes for me?

Nowhere Girl said...

The clock "bug" actually seems very convenient - if the clock didn't stop, I could either do everything I need before the gold rush starts OR see everything. For example the epitaphs in the cemetary are interesting, but there's no way you could read it all in normal time (well, maybe it IS possible, but only during the game I discovered it's possible to reload the last command without typing).
However, I do have the memory problem and no idea how to solve it. I encountered it in the secret passage under Jake's cabin/outhouse and it seems I can't access debug in that place. Strange...