This game was reviewed using a code sent by the developer.
1849 is city builder set in 1849 during the California Gold rush. I haven't played many city builders in the past apart from SimCiity2000, so my experience is very limited so far.
The graphics on show here are pleasant, there is nothing special, it almost looks like the same style in Theme Hospital, sort of plump looking characters, and some nicely textured buildings. Each mission in the story modes offer roughly three objectives, these can be as simple as trading a certain amount of a resource with a neighbouring city, or to reach a specific level of social hierarchy in your city. The missions can last anywhere between 15 minutes, up to an hour.
The audio is done very well too, a classic cowboy tune plays in the background as you have your bustling city sound effects playing too. I really liked the music, I found myself dancing in my seat at times without realizing it.
From the tutorial, right until the later missions, you are walked through every new aspect of the game. I found the tutorial here to be very well designed and prepared you greatly for the missions ahead. There is definitely a high difficulty curve in 1849 too, once you get past level five, there is a sudden change in difficulty, and the missions become more and more in depth and you have to really focus on managing all of your resources and trades as efficiently as possible. This isn't a bad thing, it's nice to see games offering the challenging content.
I am about three quarters of my way through I think, and I am up to almost five hours of game play, there is also a sandbox mode included too, which will end up probably having around twenty plus hours in total from 1849, which is a lot considering it is only a £10,99 game.
I didn't find myself encountering any technical issues, runs very well although it's to be expected as it could probably run on a potato.
Would I recommend 1849? Sure, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but coming from someone who hasn't really played city building games, this is probably one of the better ones to start out playing.
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