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    1849's review

    Published: 2014-05-14, by Peter Warrior.

    A city management game set in the Gold Rush

    • Graphics and animations
    • Deep and strategic gameplay with many possible outcomes
    • No free version

    "Rush to the West"

    1849, as you are perfectly able to figure out from the title and the screenshots, is a city management game set in the California Gold Rush.

    You have to build structures and homes for those who come seeking fortune, and for those making a living at the expense of the sweat of such.

    Although graphics aren't better than the best management games out there, they're as good as any other, and beautiful animations give your town a feeling of liveliness which is much appreciated. In addition, it doesn't focus only on micromangament, and the best part is to tailor your strategy according to which resources you dig up or make and, important, which your victory goals are.

    Therefore, even though it could be considered a yet another populate and grow your city no matter the cost, it's a deep management game that will be definitively enjoyed by even the most hardcore management fans. It's been developed for mobile devices with care, and we could only ask for more of everything, and some kind of late steampunk or fantasy features.

    In conclusion, one of the best management games in market. Unfortunately, there isn't any trial or lite version available, so you'll have to trust us and Somasim.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 14, 2014


    "1849 ... might just be the only real city-building game on iOS" - Owen Faraday, Pocket Tactics

    The year is 1849, and gold has just been discovered in California. You decide to head out west, to seek fame and wealth in the approaching Gold Rush.

    Will you strike it rich and become an overnight mining magnate? Or build your fortune bit by bit by supplying 49ers with pickaxes and blue jeans?


    1849 is a city management game set during the California Gold Rush. Your task is to build towns, populate them with workers, and keep your citizens housed, fed, and entertained. You’ll have to manage and coordinate extensive production and trade networks to make sure your towns thrive.

    Updated with two new scenarios!
    The Epilogue presents two final scenarios, taking place in the period after the gold rush, as the people of California attempted to forge a new identity in a state that went through an irreversible transformation.

    Key Features of 1849:

    - A campaign mode that traces the development of the Gold Rush from mining camps to bustling cities. Each city scenario presents players with unique starting conditions, victory goals, and obstacle events.
    - Sandbox mode with a procedurally-generated map for your location, based on geography (from the Pacific coast to the Sierra Nevada mountains), precipitation, resource availability, and starting lot size.
    - Vivid Old West towns with geography and architecture directly inspired by California’s Gold Country.
    - Over 50 resources to dig up, farm, refine or manufacture as you build complex towns and cities.
    - Classic city management gameplay meets modern technology in a sim tailored specifically for tablet / touch screen play.
    - Developed by SomaSim, a new studio dedicated to producing deep simulation games for today’s players.

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