In Gold Strike, you play the part of a miner who has struck gold and has to pick of bits of gold strategically to stop the mine collapsing.
There are several different modes such as Bottomless Pit, Archaeology, Strategy and Dynamite modes. Each presents a slightly different challenge although anyone that has played games such as Bejeweled will recognize the general game format in all of them.
Gold Strike is incredibly addictive which is why its such a popular game. It's suitable for all levels from kids to adults looking to kill some time. The aim each time is to beat your previous score and you can't help but come back for more, especially if you miss out by just a few nuggets of gold. Depending on the mode you choose, you may just face one endless grueling level, have to blow up parts of the mine to obtain gold or choose the more sedentary Archaeology mode where the aim is to find artifacts.
The graphics are cutely animated, you can pause games and also turn off the often annoying sound effects if you want although that's where the preferences end.
At the end of the day, its just block removal but Gold Strike will have you coming back for more.