Gold Rush 2 is a simulation game that follows the main character, Jerrod, as he and his brother work to stop the evil Boss Tweed in this historical fiction interactive game. Users control Jerrod’s movements, and can explore, solve puzzles, and use various inventory items to accomplish goals.
Point and Click control
High quality narration
Gold Rush 2 is a high quality app that works well and is intuitive to operate. Developers included a set of instructions to help users master the mechanics of the app, and have also included a backstory to help users “catch up” to the characters’ current situation. It would be helpful, however, for the developers to include an introductory section to familiarize players who haven’t used an interactive role playing sort of game before, and perhaps even develop a “sandbox” where users can familiarize themselves with things like how to access and use items in inventory, or how to interact with non-player characters.
This game has a high degree of historical accuracy, making it a fun supplementary experience for students. The game is narrated (and can be in either English or German), and text/captioning is provided as well. One slight drawback is that the language of the game is rather complex, so younger students and those with certain kinds of learning disabilities may have difficulty following the story on their own. In addition, the captioning/text does not always follow along exactly with the narration, which some students may find distracting.
The game could get a bit frustrating if you get “stuck” and cannot figure out what to do next. This could be a particular problem for younger or less experienced players. Developers may want to consider some sort of hint system that could “rescue” a stranded player so they could eventually continue with the game.
This game costs $3.99 on the App Store, which is a good value for the game’s play value and complexity. If players enjoy RPG or historical fiction games, they will have a blast, and the game is well worth the money. If your child hasn’t had much experience, however, the investment might be a bit pricy only to find that your youngster isn’t excited about the game style.
This app is child-friendly, but might be challenging for younger children to use due to the level of language and the concepts.