Gold Rush

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Overview

It's 1849, and there's gold in those hills! You've got to get your gold, coal, and rubies to market by building bridges for your mining cars. A variety of valleys, ditches, waterways, and canyons lie between you and your destination. As a poor miner, your building supplies are limited to small numbers of wood girders, logs, rope, and track.

Your score is determined by how much of your hard-won treasure makes it to the other side of the ...
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It's 1849, and there's gold in those hills! You've got to get your gold, coal, and rubies to market by building bridges for your mining cars. A variety of valleys, ditches, waterways, and canyons lie between you and your destination. As a poor miner, your building supplies are limited to small numbers of wood girders, logs, rope, and track.

Your score is determined by how much of your hard-won treasure makes it to the other side of the crossing without falling out of a rail cart, but also by how much stress was placed on the bridge during your crossing. While crossing, your bridge may experience stress and strain that weakens it over time.

Gold Rush uses some of the principles of civil engineering to create stable structures. Creating bridges using randomly-connected girders, cables, and stone will probably not turn out well. Instead, you'll need to think like an engineer. Will a rectangular or triangular girder structure provide less strain on the girder joints? Does it make more sense to attach rope near the beginning and end, or near the middle? How can you use logs, which are similar to wood girders but fixed-length, to best support your girders and track.

You should also consider the physical properties of wood and rope, and how the sheer and tension caused by the weight of your rail cars affects your construction. On some crossings, rope may provide additional support from above, but they are also limited in quantity.

Several user controls are available, including zoom in/zoom out, grid overlay toggle, show/hide bottom controls, reset the entire level, undo, and delete (the "X" icon). This should be fairly obvious based on the icon. At the far right, bottom corner is an up/down arrow to toggle the bottom control bar display.

Many of us have built bridges with toothpicks in school projects, or created a sturdy structure with a limited number of tools and materials. We all know how challenging - and rewarding - this can be. Now you can have that kind of fun in your pocket or purse all the time with Gold Rush!

If you believe that you have achieved an optimal bridge for the level, please take a screenshot of your bridge (or just a normal camera picture!), and post it to the Gold Rush Facebook wall at:

facebook.com/pages/Gold-Rush/156910021089507

Or, if you're having difficulty finding a good solution for a particular level, check our Facebook page for ideas and comments from other Gold Rush users. Also checkout "Link!", a similar trai

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940043897299
  • Publisher: Darren Gates
  • Publication date: 4/25/2012
  • Series: NOOKapps Series
  • Version name: 2.0.1
  • Format: NOOK App
  • File size: 39 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.
  • Sales rank: 168,340
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  • Please contact the developer directly if you would like to report a problem:
    • URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gold-Rush/156910021089507
    • Email: darrengates@gmail.com

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Amazing Game

    If you are a fan of X-Construction, or Wood Bridges, you may like this game. It's of the same vein: build bridges to get trains across them. Or, in this case, to get a couple of funny-looking gold miners across with their rail carts full of gold, coal, and ruby.

    If you are NOT the kind of person who likes to spend hours building complex things, just to see them crash, well this might not be your game. I personally find little engineering games like this fun, but I understand that it can be frustrating.

    The game has 100 levels, it seems in somewhat increasing difficulty. I have an OpenFeint account, so it's nice to see that I can actually get OpenFeint achievements in this game. If you don't have an OpenFeint account, you should get one. It allows your score to be posted to the global high scores wall.

    PARENTS: There is a very small amount of "cartoon gore" in this game. If the bridge falls down, the miners get somewhat bruised and bloodied. I have a couple of kids, and I have to say that the level of gore is nothing that kids aren't exposed to on most television anyway, but I just thought that you should know. However, that said, I think that this is the kind of game that could keep your kids (probably 7+) occupied for a very long time. And since it's sort of a mental challenge game, I think that it could also be educational and stimulating for them.

    I found no bugs while testing, and no crashes, which was pretty great. It renders well on the Nook, and was a pleasure to play.

    Overall, I highly recommend this game: 5 stars!

    28 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Wont load

    I am stuck on "installing". This happened before & I ended up archiving app. Hope that doesnt happen here. I give zero so far.

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Fun, but hard!

    My Nook review of Gold Rush

    The good: Nerds like me will enjoy this app. You have some rail carts full of gold, and you have to figure out how to get it over big valleys. It takes some ingenuity, though. This is not a brainless app, but one that actually requires that you look at your construction items and think of different ways to combine them with the lowest possible stress, and without having your gold/coal/etc. fall out. It's a fun app, especially for physics/engineering people. The graphics and audio are fantastic, and highly appropriate for the era (1849).

    The bad: It's HARD! I couldn't get past level 6. Any clues? I do intend to keep at it, though, because I'm sort of on a building streak right now and I'd hate to think that all those people on the Facebook page can do it but not me. I'm starting to feel stupid that I can't complete level 6, though. I think there should be some popup hints or something for when we get stuck in a bind. There is a Facebook page for the game, where I guess people share hints and the like, but I haven't gotten to that point yet.

    About the other reviews: I agree with the first review that it's fun, and I can see kids liking to play this one, but do keep in mind the bit of cartoon violence when the trains crash. I would rather have my children playing this than most other games that I see them play on my Nook, or even worse: TV. About the 1-star Anonymous reviewer: I was able to install the app just fine, BUT I did notice that it's about a 40 MB app (large!), so be sure that you have space on your device first. That might be why this guy couldn't install it.

    Also, it is definitely true that this app is very similar to x-construction and wood bridges, but those apps are not on Nook, and this one is!! If the makers of x-construction could please port their app to Nook, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Until then, Gold Rush will do.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Gold rush

    This game is fun but really hard and sorta disturbing, when the little guys fall off the bridge they get all bloody so i would say that this is not a very good game for small kids. I like this game but its so hard!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Not a hater just hate thing mostly this

    This game should never ever be xposed 2 kidz_ 5 they should ban this game and the pepole that made it 2 wear its s blody i want my money bak i hate it iwant to rate it -999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 but i have 2 give it at leas 1

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Too bad, I can't get past level 11. Can anybody help me?

    Too bad, I can't get past level 11. Can anybody help me?

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    guys if its not downloading turn the nook off by holding the power button for twenty seconds repeat to turn on then try downloading it

    darren your a genuis

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Not what you think...

    When I bought this game I thought it was like the Gold Rush app I have on my phone. Bummer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 4, 2013

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    Posted December 25, 2012

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