California Gold Rush Games App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: English

Seller: Digital Chocolate, Inc.

This update contains fixes to commonly reported issues.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
16 Ratings
All Versions:
2154 Ratings


Dig for gold, artifacts and gems in California Gold Rush, an addicting action puzzler that will keep you glued to your iPhone for hours!!

- New Feature Added! Players can now purchase the Item Booster Pack with real money to assist your digging efforts and increase your chance to finding more gold. The pack includes Tunnel Blast, Mole Blast, Burrow Charge, Tower Charge, Supports and Underground Shop! You can purchase this pack by going to the in-game Mining Shop and clicking on the booster pack icon.
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SlidetoPlay gives a perfect 4/4 and says: "California Gold Rush is original, addictive, and provides a ton of quality content. The excitement of finding a vein of pure gold is no less of a thrill for us, and that's why California Gold Rush earns our site's highest recommendation."

IGN gives 8/10 and says: "California Gold Rush is a great game that will satisfy both puzzle fans and strategy fiends…Couple all of this with great production values, and California Gold Rush becomes a game that I recommend in a heartbeat."

Explore up to 30 mines full of unexpected twists and sudden dangers! Help Mandy strike it rich by uncovering hidden treasures and purchase store-bought supplies like maps, supports and explosives to help you on your quest. Keep an eye on your energy bar and be careful not to over extend yourself. Get ready for the rush and experience a classic adventure with stunning art, colorful characters and high quality production values.

• Dig for gold and explore up to 30 mines full scary bats and collapses
• Blast away blocks of earth as you avoid dangers and try to dig up as much gold as you can
• Use some of your profits at the general store to improve your luck including gold maps, a varierty of explosives and more!
• Discover hidden artifacts such as the mysterious Pandora's box, buried artifacts and other surprises!
• Enjoy a compelling story with great looking art that unravels as you play for nearly endless hours!
• Unique iPhone and iPod touch controls -- users can tap or touch the screen to move Mandy and start digging or swipe their finger across the screen to get her moving.
• Excellent real music and sound effects

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Customer Reviews

  • Best game ever

    by *Epicness*

    I <3 this game but please update it soon!!!! It still seems like a work in progress. And we (All the players) need you to fix the Pandora's box glitch. The earthquake doesn't even work!

  • Great game!

    by LoveUSAA

    I love this game. It is challenging with many levels and helps me kill time every night. I have downloaded and beat the game twice over a span of 3-4 years. It is fun and appropriate for all ages. Highly recommended!

  • Great game

    by PrincelyPrinceLee

    Super fun game. I first played (and loved) it on an LG EnV2. It's even better on iPhone!

  • Make gold rush 3

    by Zach Kyle

    Come on, Gold Rush 3. The first couple were awesome, make some more levels. I would pay good money.

  • Been a while

    by nivaray

    I found the game addictive, but would like updates, perhaps additional levels.

  • Love it!

    by dgp1

    So satisfying to find that gold, i don't know why but it's awesome.

  • Very entertaining game!!!

    by ROCKnRIO

    I have had this game for a few years now and like it even better since they allow your own audio to be playing. Thanks for that.

  • Love Love Love this game!

    by FlowerLove206

    I'm glad they came out with game #2. Make a #3 version!!

  • Finally fixed

    by DemiSheep

    Great but has ads, remove the ads and get 5 stars - unless this game remains free, which is how much I paid for it $0. It seems they finally fixed the problems with this app which was causing it to freeze on startup.

  • Old skool

    by Rocknrollsupapimp

    I love game apps like this. So rad. Thxs for being free.

  • Coolest Game

    by IMRakeshChandra

    This is a game which you will play on and on. Very addictive.

  • Awesome App!!

    by Doger

    My aunt showed me this app about a year ago before I got my phone. I downloaded this app 2 days ago and I'm hooked. I have not seen any problems with freezing or bugs. Btw, I love the background music!

  • Great game!

    by Onesleekcat1

    Awesome game and worth the small price for hours of game fun. Mastered all levels and had a blast while doing so. Yeah, there are a few issues every once in awhile but not so many to give it 5 stars. Great job on this one digital chocolate, I'm hooked!

  • Great game - lots of hours of play

    by YaelleG

    So my biggest gripe about iPhone games is that you can play some of them literally 2 or 3 times and you're done. Forever. Not so with this game. I've had it for over a week and I play a little every day & the game is still not done. Plus its fun & challenging. If you ever go to develop a mobile game, copy this one. 2.5 years later I am back to playing again. I want to voice my disappointment that this game doesnt allow multiple files to be created. Which means my son & I have to take turns playing or work out some sort of arrangement. Not too cool. BUT....its still fun & obviously fun enough to pick back up every year after playing for a few months. Still....I'm tempted to contact the devs & beg for multi-files.

  • it's ok

    by beanziez

    I like it an all but it had a lot of bugs and stuff and doesn't get updates at all if you agree do it

  • Fun

    by Lhankins

    Crashes far too much to give more than 3 stars. Fix that and the useless panning and it's a 5 star game without a doubt. (update after iPhone 4 upgrade: still crashes enough to be frustrating, though it's not my old 3G that was fault as I hoped.)


    by ViciousVenus

    I have had this game since it came out. I love it and the second one too! Total replay value way passed what I paid for it. Try the free version, you'll be hooked!!!!! Could ya kick out a third one.....getting soooo tired of all the repeatative lame, boring games in the app store. New Adventures Please!!!!! SOS!!!!! Save Us! CA Gold Rush Peeps! ;7)

  • Crashes

    by RUreadingthese?

    Fun game, it has problems on the iPad, reverts to iPhone size screen on lava level, crashes. Would like to buy GR2, but would rather have a fix for my current purchase first.

  • Super fun

    by NU student class of '94

    But.....why does the B4 "bonus bonus" level crash whenever entering the shop? Reboot does not help; it's an app issue for sure. Otherwise, very fun game

  • Fun little game

    by Lavenderfern

    I really love this game, went through the whole thing quickly, now just hoping for more sequels. I would like to see more levels and other things to find/meet underground.

  • No updates

    by Thomas Nokes

    I bought this game & GoldRush 2 almost 3 year ago and any update, not even join in works, we need more levels!

  • Was fun but bombed

    by OrboBorbo

    It was fun for a bit but no support bombed it. Grab something else.

  • good but

    by app person 1022

    needs iphone 5 support

  • Terrible

    by papolosugar

    How can a game be so bad. I felt as if i had to kill myself when i played this game.

  • Bad bad. Bad

    by Vivyv


  • by Poo brain is boss

    I hate it it won't stop crashing don't get the game

  • Was ok

    by pholly

    Until I noticed how much the game would create a stupid path to get to where I want to go. The worst example was when I wanted to dig a block directly above me and the game kept wanting to backtrack and dig 5 other blocks beside that block instead of just digging up one block. The game isn't very fun so there's no reason for me to continue playing this broken game.

  • Needs updating...

    by FFKingsford

    I used to love this game but have beaten it soooo many times. Also it has yet to be updated for retina display or multitasking. It's almost been a year get on it!

  • Crashes EVERY time

    by Fcballer

    iOS 4.2.1, iPhone 3GS. After several reboots and forced app closings, still happens. Level: "Artifact Huntin" ... Crashes within 4 mins of play every time. I'm 20 attempts in and am now giving up.

  • 5 stars



  • Great game

    by Septantrionalis

    The game appears to be working for me. Quite Addicting too.

  • good game

    by bibiballyeah

    I just updated my iPod touch and I can still play it so I think the problems are resloved?? I love this game so I give it four stars;)

  • No iPad support.

    by Ellipsian

    And why? I've had games unsupported by the iPad before, but this is the only application out of my 300+ that has not, in the six months since the iPad's release, made a fix. EVERY TIME I sync I get the error message that "'Gold Rush' cannot be installed on the iPad". I don't care if it's not HD, hell, I don't even really care if I play this on my 'Pad, but getting that error for six months has been irritating enough to warrant yourselves a negative review. Fix it.

  • I love this game...

    by Coolout

    But I'm getting REAL tired of starting from scratch every single time! I coulda sworn it used to save. What happened?

  • Dissappointed

    by woodybzippin

    I bought this app thinking it would work on my ipad like every other app i have and it doesn't. $1 wasted. you need to make this game more compatible

  • Working now, nice game

    by benoibe

    Update fixed the problem I had. Using on 4.1 software Really fun game but can spend alot on upgrades.

  • Just a suggestion..

    by SwtDrmr

    This WAS one of my fav games to play , but with the updated software my ipod touch can't install it. Is there anyway you create a version for the ipod touch???

  • First Gen iPod Touch owners need not apply

    by Caver451

    I was a happy user of this game for a very long time. Then they "updated" it, and my iPod is no longer supported. I feel like something I paid for was stolen from me, and I just hope this isn't a going to become a new trend among developers. If you own a first gen iPod Touch and can't upgrade to iOS 4, save your money.

  • Dosent work! 

    by Annoyoumus

    This app is stupid because when I try to play it it says it's loading but it just returned to the home screen

  • Fixed iOS4 Support!

    by Greyerlynx

    Thank you! This game is old but one of my favorites and I really appreciate it getting updated to iOS4. I really like these style of games and CGR paces itself really well. Plus the DLC is truly optional. Nice job Digital Chocolate.

  • WoW

    by Zdudeman562

    After the last patch it dnt open it's fun but u have 2 fix it

  • Does not work on ios 4

    by SuperBeaner

    This game won't open load or anything these companies that have games out that don't work with new phone updates need to take their stuff down or say will not work with ios 4!!!!

  • Huh??????

    by Pumpdog

    Updated to OS 4 and now it won't even open! Fun game at first but it looks like the last update didn't fare too well and they've ignored the recent OS change (OS4) which has rendered this game to the delete pile. Don't buy this game until they fix the issues. Emailed the company but no response so far. Initially a fun game, but the money until they fix the problem(s).

  • not opening

    by ana83

    i have the game and worked fine,but after i got the new software it won't open anymore

  • Broken ... AGAIN

    by Blue_Girl

    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!! There is always something wrong with it. Updated my OS now it won't work. One star is to many. -1

  • Don't buy it stopped working won't open

    by MyLongDong

    Don't buy this until they fix the bug that keeps it from opening. Rich

  • Gold rush

    by RoarinRow

    It doesn't open anymore .. Really annoying .. Pls. Fix the problem

  • Wont open with os4 upgrade. Please fix.

    by ReaderMark

    Wont even open now. Pleae fix.

  • Bad

    by Ktbit

    Doesn't load want a refund!

  • Doesn't work 

    by WwhiterabbitT

    No longer works. Digital chocolate gives no explanation when emailing them. Terrable customer service and lack of update. 

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