Gold Rush 2
A while back we had the
Anniversary Edition, a remake of a much older Sierra game. Now we have a
sequel to the remake, and as far as I know there was no sequel
originally, so this is new territory.
It is set sometime after the
previous game, and after 20 years of hard work the brothers are now
quite rich. Having invested their riches back in New York, they receive
news that a leader of a gang of thieves is now in the State Legislature
and members of his gang have key positions in Brooklyn. The brothers
decide to travel home, to right some old wrongs, and present evidence to
send Boss Tweed to gaol for the rest of his life. Needless to say, Mr
Tweed has heard they are coming and plans to stop them from ever
returning to Brooklyn.
That is about as interesting as
the game gets. Its graphical style isnít at all engaging, and feels flat
and lifeless. While it is not a hard game, the puzzles arenít terribly
interesting, and I did them because they were there as opposed to them
being a reason to play. The voices arenít too bad, but donít reach any
great heights. You can die, but the game will autosave before the
critical moment, and you can save at will as well.
You get a point score as you go,
and a little musical fanfare whenever you score more points. Top left of
screen is a set of co-ordinates, which will help you to explore your
environment, especially when you set of into the plains outside your
starting point. There is a lot of aimless grass out there. You will also
reach points where a map will further assist.
Point and click your way around,
and a little set of footprints will show exit points from your current
screen. Double click to jump there. Hold down the mouse to bring up the
various interactions you may be able to complete, whether it be talking
to people or picking things up. Move your mouse to the top of the screen
to get your inventory. The options screen lets you choose your
resolution, your desired graphics setting, and whether you play in
English or German. With the latter, you will still get spoken English
but the subtitles will be German.
It should take about 3 to 4
hours. Perhaps one for fans of the first game.
I played on:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel i7-3820 4GHz
RAM: 12GB Ripjaw DDR3 2133 Mhz
Video card: AMD Radeon
HD 7800 2048MB
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