1849 is a city management game set during the California Gold Rush. Your task is to build towns, populate them with workers, and make sure that they are housed, fed, and entertained. You’ll have to manage and coordinate extensive production and trade networks to make sure your towns thrive.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mostly Positive (179 reviews) - 72% of the 179 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy 1849

WEEK LONG DEAL! Offer ends May 9

-60%
$14.99
$5.99

Buy 1849: Gold Edition (Contains 1849 + Nevada Silver DLC)

WEEK LONG DEAL! Offer ends May 9

-60%
$16.99
$6.79

Downloadable Content For This Game

 

About This Game

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 gold and become an overnight mining magnate? Or will you build your fortune bit by bit by supplying 49ers with pickaxes and blue jeans?

Gameplay

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

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 buildings lining the streets directly inspired by California’s Gold Country.

  • Over 50 resources that players can dig up, farm, refine or manufacture as they build complex towns and cities.

  • Developed by SomaSim, a new studio dedicated to producing deep simulation games for today’s players

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
    • Processor: Pentium 4 or better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 75 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel only
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 75 MB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Overall:
Mostly Positive (179 reviews)
Recently Posted
kebzero
( 22.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
1849 is a straightforward and simple little city builder set to the California gold rush era. The maps are quite small, however, so your ability to actually build is limited more by space than any other resource. The challenges put forward at each map tend to be either remarkably easy, or frustratingly difficult (unless you're replaying the map after learning what the scripted 'surprises' for that particular map is).

I'd hesitate in calling this game 'deep' by any measure, and as a city builder/sim it is below par compared to titles two decades its senior - but at its price point it is decent value for your money; good enough for a short pass-time game, though you'll likely not return to it after you've beaten it once. 1849 also gets credit for a soothing (if repetitive) musical score, and for being reasonably easy to get 100% steam achievements with. Altogether, that's what makes me give this a thumbs up rather than down.

If you consider buying this game, I recommend getting its Nevada DLC as well; it introduces more maps with the added complexity of railroad cars over coaches for your trading game, meaning a fair bit more planning ahead than the base game requires. If they're bundled on sale, they're worth picking up for a few evenings of 19th century city building.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Badajoz
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Sorry but take me back 10 years and then give me something poor
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Iksarra
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Recommend? Yes AND No

I think I expected a much more involved and enticing game which 1849 unfortunately didn't deliver. I noticed that, within the first 10 minutes of playing, that the game hasn't been made nearly as well as it could have been and it seems it was produced very quickly without too much attention to detail or fine tuning given, which, in my opinion, is very necessary in a city builder since that's the main focus. I do enjoy a cartoony approach but this is a little too simplistic for my taste - maybe I've been spoilt with the likes of Anno or Cities Skylines, but in my opinion the classic Pharoah and Caesar titles from Sierra were much more enjoyable than this which is very sad as I'd love to play a good city builder set in this time period.

My review isn't totally negative and I think the word 'No' in recommendation is too harsh, but a 'yes' is also not accurate. I would say that the game would be quite nice for city builder newbies as it doesn't throw too much micromanagement chaos at you at once, and is a good introduction as to how games like Banished, Anno, Cities etc work, but on a much simple scale.

I'd recommend the game if you're new to city builders or just looking for a fun littleg game to keep you busy for about 30 minutes at a time but for city builder veterans I think you'd be disappointed, especially if you take the price into consideration.

Helpful? Yes No Funny
coboev
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Good game storyline or sandbox both are good for a decent amount of hours. Although it isnt too hard theres a nice learning curve in the storyline wich prepares you for a huge sandbox playthrough. Although i dont expect too replay this as much as other titles(wich where more costly^^) I still would recommend this game since price vs hours played is decent and it runs flawless
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Bo Bear
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Bottom Line: If you want a game you can play for 30 minutes, complete a mission, and get in your gaming fix; this is the game for you.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Releeshahn
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
not as good as I thought it would be but I would just about reccommend it. I wouldn't pay the asking price though. I'd say it wasn't worth a tenner.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
luisalcaraz68
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
Not a real good game. But playable. Game is kinda slow and boring. Still its a good time killer.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Andrzej Duda
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
Would be worth trying, but defenetly not for this money. Too boring and easy for 15 euros. Better try Banished, or Cities Skylines (14 euro at christmas).
Helpful? Yes No Funny
blatherskite
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
A decent casual city builder. It seems like it almost had the potential to be a great game, but it gets a little repetitive at times. If you are looking for a hard core city sim this isn't it, but it's got some fun elements and if you just like to relax as you build a small town this might be worth checking out.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Jakaryy
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
Experience the California Gold Rush firsthand in this exciting management game! Strike out into the Californian wilderness with just the tools and supplies in hand and become a bustling city where thousands come and live and prosper! Farm, manufacture and mine for ages in your hometown!

Now for me, when I first found this game I thought it was overpriced. My philosophy with games that have replayability is every hour of gameplay = $1 when you buy it. Now $15 isn't a lot but I thought there wasn't too much to this game. However, it impressed me how long it can actually take to complete levels. The first couple took 5 minutes each and then some started taking upwards of an hour, and there's quite a few levels to play. The sandbox mode for this game is what keeps the replayability for it, however replaying the story is worth it as well.

This game for good for both kids and adults, however it is not an easy game to play. At the start of each level in story mode, they give you options how you want to start off. None of which are a ton easier than the others but knowing the strategy to each decision is crucial in completing the level in an orderly manner. Not to persuade younger gamers away from this, but this isn't a cake walk.


Topic: Western Strategy Management

ReplayabilityOk
Price TagGood
With friends?Not recommended
Age groupEveryone
DevsUnsure/Quiet

Singleplayer9
Story6
Characters4
Gameplay8
Controls8
Graphics8
Sound7
Western9
Strategy8
Management10


Score: 77/100

Thanks for reading! If you'd like, feel free to check out my Curator group and my other game reviews!

My Curator Group
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/TheFinestWriters#curation

Other Reviews
http://steamcommunity.com/id/WowYouActuallyReadTheURL/recommended/
Helpful? Yes No Funny
bjartmarinn
( 219.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
1849 is a fine game. It takes you back to good old days with easy strategy games :)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
rock3tz
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 13, 2015
Buy it on sale.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
loccobrown
( 21.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
worth the $10 i paid for 1849+dlc but not much more.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ZuluI I see you
( 438.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2015
buy sell buy sell buy sell ... if that is your thing thats your game!
I like it cuz i dont have to play barbie with thew croud... just build/sell.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
fuzzy
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
it is a pretty good game, its a bit on the easy side; each level in the end seemed to play out in the same fashion
Helpful? Yes No Funny
tpitt
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 13, 2015
This is an ideal game for travelling home on the bus plane or train.

No spectacular events (unless you forget the sheriff)

The art of squeezing a quart into a pint glass.

The art of remaining solvent Its ideal for those few mins you need to relax in.

I would buy it just for that
Helpful? Yes No Funny
TheDeadpool
( 30.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
An uncomplicated, but very well-executed citybuilder and resource manager. The environments could stand to be a little more diverse, and it would benefit from maybe one more game dimension (events, unique products or historical events, etc), but it does do what ti sets out to accomplish, and does so quite well.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
LordStuff.at
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 22, 2015
Though I liked the concept, it somehow feels unfinished...

Expanding your town (which can be very expensive) leads to people settling in.
If you don't provide room for them to build houses, they start building plots somewhere which you can't destroy.
If you don't provide resources for them to upgrade their housesthey are probably going to move out again. But they don't just move out, they also take their stuff with them, so any upgrades done already will be dismantled and the resources are gone.

If you don't provide enough jobs, they are probably moving out too.. The problem is. Building workplaces is very expensive. Sometimes you can't even come to a positive outcome, let me demonstrate this with a bit of math:
Running a Bakery costs 50 $ / week and provides 4 workplaces. So each of these 4 workers cost you 12,5 $ / week. Plus you have to pay 300 $ to build the Bakery in the first place.
Running a Goldmine costs 100 $ / week for 10 workers. So each one costs you 10 $ / week.
A medium Townhouse with 19 residents brings you 115 $ income / week, that is ~6 $ income / week per citizen.

In my games, I was always very close to bankruptcy, gladly, there are financial aids that save you once with a 500 $ cash injection. It took me some time to realize how essential trading is to succeed in a game. However, the trading system is a bit unhandy. You first have to form a traderoute, which can cost you up to 300 $, but then you can't set up automatic trades, you basically have to wait for your workers to mine for gold, and sell it yourself.

Altogether, my games have been very brief, as I had to stay in a constant expansion to provide enough jobs and get the resources my workers needed to upgrade their homes (so they pay higher rents, which, however, wasn't enough either). And the constant expansion plus selling your stuff plus buying the stuff your villagers need - but you can't provide because you sadly don't have any lumber in this area - may take all your concentration, because there aren't really any tools to support you.

Though I can imagine that the gold rush in California actually caused very rapid growth, it seemed kinda odd that I can't even build a single stable situation where I provide jobs, food, and houses and have a positive revenue...

It was fun playing, but as I said, it feels kinda.. unfinished.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Supramundane
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 21, 2015
I've only played this game for about 14 hours, but I've sincerely enjoyed it. The dynamics are great in my opinion, and balancing resources/needs isn't too easy - or too hard. Looking forward to future updates!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
schizrade
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: October 12, 2015
If you liked the Caesar, or the Anno games you will love this.

The time period is also a great one.

Definite buy.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Experience the California Gold Rush firsthand in this exciting management game! Strike out into the Californian wilderness with just the tools and supplies in hand and become a bustling city where thousands come and live and prosper! Farm, manufacture and mine for ages in your hometown!

Now for me, when I first found this game I thought it was overpriced. My philosophy with games that have replayability is every hour of gameplay = $1 when you buy it. Now $15 isn't a lot but I thought there wasn't too much to this game. However, it impressed me how long it can actually take to complete levels. The first couple took 5 minutes each and then some started taking upwards of an hour, and there's quite a few levels to play. The sandbox mode for this game is what keeps the replayability for it, however replaying the story is worth it as well.

This game for good for both kids and adults, however it is not an easy game to play. At the start of each level in story mode, they give you options how you want to start off. None of which are a ton easier than the others but knowing the strategy to each decision is crucial in completing the level in an orderly manner. Not to persuade younger gamers away from this, but this isn't a cake walk.


Topic: Western Strategy Management

ReplayabilityOk
Price TagGood
With friends?Not recommended
Age groupEveryone
DevsUnsure/Quiet

Singleplayer9
Story6
Characters4
Gameplay8
Controls8
Graphics8
Sound7
Western9
Strategy8
Management10


Score: 77/100

Thanks for reading! If you'd like, feel free to check out my Curator group and my other game reviews!

My Curator Group
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/TheFinestWriters#curation

Other Reviews
http://steamcommunity.com/id/WowYouActuallyReadTheURL/recommended/
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
374 of 409 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2014
As city-builders run short these days, i decided to have a go at this game. When i first started it i had in mind all the older city building game i already played such as SimCity, Cities XL, the Anno series and Sierra games (Pharaon, Zeus, the Caesar series...), the last which apparently served as the main inspiration for this game.

Thus, i was not surprised of the game mechanics which mainly consists of starting from scratch with three objectives that need to be filled. You then start to build some houses and production buildings, and the way to proceed is as i said above based on Sierra's mechanics: citizens need a certain resource/building in order to upgrade their houses, and therefore increase the rent income. Run short of any resource and the houses will shortly degrade to the highest level it can attain with the remaining ones.

Production on it's side consists of running a production chain which may consist of one up to three buildings in order to well... produce resources. These resources can be either used to satisfy citizen's needs, be sold at trading routes or given to the few events (up to three per mission from my experience). Some other elements have been included such as crime or fire, with respectively the sheriff and fire brigade in order to fight against them.

At this stage of the review you are probably thinking "Well that doesn't look so bad, does it?". And unfortunately it does. Let me explain you why, in the same way as i described the game above:

You start each game with three objectives: there is absolutely no time-limit or constraint of any kind. There is no other way to lose the game then through bad management, which is nearly impossible after a playing for a few hours. You can start from three "difficulty" options at the start of each mission, but it does only impact the first few minutes of play.

The resource management of this game is very simplistic: The raw resources are produced at a steady rate, never influenced by seasons (grapes, grain and cotton all the year! ) nor resource availability (hunters producing without animals, lumber mills without forests...). Stock management has been dealt with by giving your warehouse an unlimited storage capacity. You cannot predict as well the resource supply and demand of your city easily, as no production and consumption summary is given, which means that you will have to over-produce all goods required to avoid stock shortage.

Trade is the simplest form that could be included. You pay a "fee" to open the trade route with a city, and then after you can import or export goods from there. Goods are imported/exported at a fixed price, with unlimited quantity. This means that you can sell the town next door 100k logs of lumber at the same price, and import 100k crates of beer, without any impact on future trade or product price. Production capacity and demand are simply not taken into account in this game. This lead to a "give me money" button that can be pressed once in a while, without thinking any further.

Wages and rents are also fixed, population satisfaction is simply not taken into account, and unemployment's only impact is the color of the total population indicator. Hazards like crime and fire are solved by having the relevant building, effectively leading the risk to 0%. Other natural hazards likely never happen, or even if they do their impact is so minor that you do not even need to take them into account.

One back side of this game simplicity is that a resource shortage (non-anticipable as said before) can lead to total mayhem. A house degrading can mean worker shortage (which has no proper indicator), and this shortage can escalate to a complete desertion: some buildings required by citizens are shut down, leading to further house degrading, leading to further work shortage... A simple feature to give work priorities could eliminate this issue but it has not been implemented.

To sum up, this game is simplistic, terribly easy, and becomes quickly repetitive. I can say without any risk that after playing this game for 2 hours like i did you will have gotten all that this game has to offer. The only difficulties that can arise are not part of the intended gameplay but are the result of a lack of management tools and features that are included in most other city-builders.

Despite having the full california on the main menu and a large map when starting a game, you are confined in a tiny square without any opportunity to expand. That shocked me first but after playing for a while you understand that this space is all you need to have a working untouchable, steady producing money-farm.

To finish this review i wanted to say that i understand that this a new indie development studio, but i just took a look of the game description of this store page. "complex cities" and "deep simulation games" are not the words i would use to describe this game. On this opposite i would use the words "simplistic" and "casual". This is typically a game you could run on social networks or mobile phones, but in no way a city-builder simulation or resource management game.

Recommendation:
- For new players discovering the genre: This game could be an interesting first city-builder to play, but you will soon outgrow this game and regret buying it in the first place. If you want to start with a city-building game you should look for classics such as the ones i listed in the first pagagraph.
- For experimented city-building games players: Do not buy this game as you will feel robbed after playing for a few hours. Used to more complex management games it will feel like riding a car on a carousel after being used to drive a real one.

Sorry for the long review, but i didn't want to freely throw a bunch of critics without explaining why i came to these conclusions.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
It's old-school city building game on Wild West. Definitely smaller and easier to start than for example Anno games. But on the other hand, every mission in the campaign has different set of prices and available resources, so you have to build the city in a different way. Also every mission takes usually less than hour, so you can play even if you don't have a lot of time.
Is it good game? Yes, 1849 is good game.
Can it be better? Also yes. Interface may be definitely easier to use and there are still some minor bugs.

VERDICT:
If you are in mood to play city builder but you don't have time or just not in the mood to play something big as Anno, give 1849 a chance, it may be good choice.
If you're modern player, and graphics and sound is very important for you, check the screenshots and keep looking.

Like this review? Consider to join Good Games Giveaways & Reviews group and maybe press big sexy "Follow this curator" button on our curation page to read more reviews and win free games.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
I'm not in the mood to attack other civilizations after building my own city from scratch and I like a little more of a "story" when I build up my things, so I thought 1849 was going to be a nice panacea to my City Builder Sim illness.

Not the cowbell I needed.

1849 is very slow and frankly easy to win each level. However, it is time consuming. The majority of the time you've built the required number of buildings and you're waiting for them to accumulate the needed number of supplies to move onto the next section of California to colonize. The plot of land you're given is relatively tiny, given how much you can really move around.

Each game I was given an "edge" from completing a previous round. There was no right or wrong answer to what helps you, just whatever helps you in how you finish the objectives in the time alotted. This, I found helpful. It benefitted my playing style which is very kind because I have a certain way I like to set up my time management games. It also allowed me to experiment each level.

What drove me relatively bonkers was that nothing really changed from level to level. Usually there's something new introduced that makes a very significant impact, but this never happened in my course of playing. I had to use multiple important buildings because the reach was impossibly short and your town/settlement will go to hell in a moment's notice and you will not salvage it unless you can accomplish a few key things in the first few moments of establishing your settlement.

But once you figure out your pattern of play, you generally just sit there, wait for your settlers to upgrade their houses, and just keep refueling things.

It's perhaps the worst city building sim I've played and I was highly disappointed. Wasn't worth the price I paid. I've honestly just sat still most of the time and done absolutely nothing. It's also a bit dated-looking as well so there are prettier games out there for your money.

Maybe this could be a game to teach small children about areas of California during the Gold Rush, but I don't believe this could keep their attention too long. This likely plays better on a tablet or a phone, as well. Personally, I'm not a fan and even after forcing myself to give it a good go, it wasn't meant to be.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
45 of 63 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
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.

If you found this review helpful, please consider giving it a thumbs up. You can also find more reviews over at http://www.completingthebackloggroup.com/
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
53 of 78 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
1849 is a game where you need to manage one city, leading it to prosperity in a very unique setting! As the name suggests, it's set in 1849, during the California Gold Rush. Your main focus, as you can guess, it mining for gold, as well as other minerals, and building full cities out of it (seldom self sustained; lots of trading with other cities is involved).

I'll make it clear right away that I have never played a city management game before, so my standards may be different from yours, as I have nothing to compare it to.
But I've found the setting to be interesting, and the game's aesthetic seemed to add to it well enough, so I bought it, and finish it. Here are my thoughts.


Presentation
As you can see from the screenshots, this is no Tropico or SimCity with full 3D graphics, weather, and the sort. Not at all. As this is from a small team, they've opted for a more old school graphic style, with prerendered backgrounds and sprites. It may make the game seem very static, but each building has a sprite associated with a work-phase, and the townsfolk are also animated and walk around the city, delivering materials, going to the saloon, etc.
I think it looks really cool, and certainly not something you see a lot of. Everything seems to fit the setting (although I'm nowhere near an expert), and gives the game an unique vibe that works very well with its limitations. One problem is how blurry the sprites look when you zoom in a bit too close... Then, it looks a bit too rough. But you never need to zoom in as much, and it ends up looking great, for the most part! Well done here.

The music was good, but at the same time, a bit too repetitive. I like the western country it gives, adding to the atmosphere, but it's the same few tracks over and over again... Yeah, it ended up feeling too monotonous for me. What I ended up doing, was googling some other western country music (similar to what I heard in the game), and I stick to that instead. Unfortunately, I didn't find a lot from that time, which is a shame. It would be great if the developers could give the player some directions regarding finding other music, improving the overall experience for sure!

The sound effects were good for the atmosphere, but always ended up going overboard, leading to a cacophony of work noises or general gibberish. It can be annoying. I believe that each building played a sound, which lead to lots of different sounds being played at once, in busy moments... Since it felt like the same clip over and over, it wasn't very pleasant for me... But it's not too bad, you can turn it off easily.

Just another issue here, is the fact that there are no audio sliders of any sort. It's just SFX and Music On/Off (separately).
The game was clearly designed for an iPad, and the interface shows that a lot, creating problems that should not exist in a PC game...


Now, about the game's structure. You have a campaign with 20 different missions, each consisting of a city. In these missions, you have a checklist of 3 different objectives needed to succeed. As you play, there will also be 2 "surprise" comissions from the Mayor. These are optional, but generally provide you with a small benefit, in the form of upgraded buildings for free (although only in that particular level). There should be achievements for these, but the only ones who work are in the last level. All the others don't register, so there's that...
At the start of each city, you'll also have 3 starting options, depending on your playstyle. Some give you more money, some open more trading routes, more food, mines, etc. etc. All things considered, they only seemed to affect the very beginning of each mission. Once you're set, they all play very similarly.

Different cities will have different trading routes, and different types of buildings you can build. This could have been great for variety, and increasing strategy, but it's flawed. First off, you have no infomation about it when you choose your starting conditions. This is BAD. Very bad. So many developers give the player uninformed decisions to make...!
Then, there are the comissions. There's also no information about these beforehand, which means that you'll be caught by surprise, usually with very little money, and having to change your whole approach if you want to meet those requirement. Why? Because the comissions usually ask for materials you have no use for! Half of the time you can't sell them, so you just build structures to get them in time, and then it's just wasted space. All for a few building upgrades... In hindsight, I probably would have been better off not doing them! Oh well...
The limitations imposed to you regarding the farms you can use also seems very arbitrary. There weren't any radical terrain changes to justify these, which means that it just felt a way of forcing you into different directions. The same with trading routes, I have no idea why I can't create more flexible paths to make perfect use of my resources... Maybe it makes sense from an historical standpoint, but that's never explained. barely anything regarding the Gold Rush is explained actually, which is disappointing!

Then, you have the Sandbox Mode. This sounds fun, right? Just building you city, endlessly expanding! ... Well, not quite. You see, you'll be able to choose different areas on the map, some larger, with more coastal area, more minerals, etc. But they're all pretty limited levels. And there's no objective at all. I understand what Sandbox means, but even some comissions would have been very welcome! There are not even random events that can happen to throw you off guard (at least none that I've seen)... So, it ends up being very laborious. You simply repeat what you've done during the campaign, but this time, with no goal. Just mindlessly clicking things, reaching for infinity... I really do think this was a missed chance. Comissions would have helped with variety, perhaps some bandits would increase robberies, earthquakes, I don't know... there are lots of possibilities, but I've seen none of them, so yeah.
I'd stick with the campaign, and no more.


Aside from all of this, the game just lacks challenge, as well as options. First, there's no automated trading. Which means that you'll have to buy everything manually (and selling), making it hard to keep a constant economic balance. Then, even if you want to check your stock, you'll have to open another menu to see that, with more tabs and clicks than it needs (because I'm playing this on a mobile device... Oh, wait.)...
Each road must be built one by one as well, as well as every building. I think it would have benefited a lot from a selection method to construct more than one at once. Or even giving shortcuts to the different buildings. I have lots of buttons on my keyboard, and none of them seemed to do a damned thing! There's a lot of clicking through menus here, unnecessarily so.

The lack of challenge comes mostly from the lack of good objectives, and monotonous progress. There are no events to make your life harder, you just keep building until you're infinitely rich! The only difficulty was in the comissions (mostly due to omission), and maintaining a large mansions at the end. That's because each requires a plethora of different resources that you'll have to constatly keep trading for. Without automation, it's very easy to let things slip while you're doing something else, and then everything downgrades because they're lacking shoes... Or newspapers... Because that's what defines a mansion.

Sorry if I couldn't explain the mechanics all that well, but I've tried to focus on the negative points that I've found. I did not enjoy the game very much due to this lack of input from the player. It's just managing time and money, with no risk or reward. It's not awful, but not a great game!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
70 of 109 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 8, 2014
Full Video Review - http://youtu.be/b5ZhIx5KLqc

Hello I'm Cosmic and welcome to indie city management game 1849 developed by SomaSim. The premise of the game is well, obviously its 1849, and gold has just been discovered in California. New towns are popping up left right and centre from mining towns to farming communities. Now I'm English so I'm not much of an old timey prospector type but dang nabbit we'll give it a jolly good go.

1849 is all about city building and management, straight off the bat those who played games like Pharaoh and the Caesar series will be instantly hit with a sense of nostalgia. I played the Caesar games extensively and huge comparisons can be drawn to it, its clear that 1849 was heavily inspired by those games. The game has both story mode and a sandbox mode. Story mode sees you progress through a variety of towns with different objectives as the Californian gold rush takes hold. You'll build mining towns, farming towns and towns for educated families to live in.

One you start, you start with a storage depot where all your resources will be gathered. You'll have to build homes for people to live in and start some agriculture as people need to eat. Building cost money, and you only have a finite amount. Housing is a source of income from their rent but production building cost money as you have to pay wages. As your town increases in standards and resources housing will upgrade to offer more people per house and more rent. However production buildings will far outweigh the amount of housing required which is where one of the more interesting game mechanics come into play.

Similar to the real world, no town is completely self sufficient. This means while you may have a town with an abundance of iron ore your town may have no access to the production of fabrics. Trading is a massive component of the game, each town you play has access to several trade routes with other towns, these require money to open and you can then import the materials you need and export the materials you don't. Money management is a big factor, making sure you don't go bust is crucial which means making sure you have the best housing for rent and are regularly exporting your overstocks for cold hard cash.

On top of your standard objectives you'll also come across optional telegram missions where by you'll be rewarding for attaining certain objectives. Usually this comes in the form of exporting X amount of materials to town Y or making sure you have excess materials in your depot. The rewards of this missions usually help you out greatly and if you can achieve them, they often are well worth doing.

City building is very similar to the Caesar games, things like roads and and housing don't cost anything to place. Production buildings will cost varying amounts of money and you'll have to make sure you have enough funds to not only build the building but make sure you don't go bankrupt when the next round of wages come in. Speaking of production you have to follow the process the whole way through. Simply building a wheat farm will not feed anyone, you'll also have to build a bakery. Even further down the line as you unlock more complex industries, things like mines will require more than just money to upkeep but also equipment too, like pickaxes.

I really enjoyed the city building in the game, it is not as micro as some similar games but it captures the fun of the genre and makes the process simple and easy to use. Returning to the management side of things, you'll have to do more than just watch your wallet. As your town grows you'll have to deal with disasters such as fire in which a fire department will be needed if you don't want fires to wipe out half your town. You'll also encounter a human element, as more people influx into your prospering town you'll encounter unemployment and if you don't provide local amenities such as a saloon, people will become unhappy. Crime is also a big factor, 1849 was a tough time for folks and the lure of a prospering town full of gold is too much temptation for some. You will have to build a sheriff to enforce some law in your town, if you don't production buildings will start to get robbed which halts production and steals precious resources.

Overall 1849 is a solid indie city building sim that captures the fun of previous games in the genre. It's well designed and thought out and its progression is well paced but also adds a good challenge to each new town. While not a micro management sim and it doesn't have the depth of a bigger city game, its a well put together title that has plenty of value for money. If you enjoy games like Pharaoh , 1849 may be right up your alley but if your looking for a more in depth realistic city sim you may wish to look else where.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
Do you like casual games..... Do you like city building..... Do you like watching illicit movies at night to the soft sounds of Kenny G.... wait a minute! You'll find the first two in this game. 1849 is a very simplistic game about balance. you need to find the right balance between workers, supplies and cash. That doesn't sound too difficult at all, now does it?

As a casual game it does just that, very pick up and play, you can waste a few hours messing around in the various scenarios. Feeling a bit flustered pick up right where you left off, or start that scenario over. Word of advice be ready to turn the volume on your speakers down as the game is choke full of the same looped audio you hear in the trailer... As you can imagine after 5 hours of hearing that same tune.... Temper raising, need to kill raising, haring same loop over and over again makes Orge a not so nice man.

If you're into hardcore city building... this game won't satisfy your itch, if you enjoy minor dabbling into city building, finance simulators, and dressing up like a cowboy and pretending your dog is a horse, than this will be for you. So I suggest you buy the game, buy the DLC and by all means enjoy yourself a nice relaxing casual game of 1849. Come on, you know you want too!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
This is a nice casual city building game.
I would describe it as a western World of Zellians with a bit more complexity.

There are 20 scenarios to play, each with different goals aimed at growing your town.
You start off simple and add houses, industries and other infrastructure, trading with other towns to meet the scenario goals.
There is a sandbox mode if you just want to build for the sake of it.

It is not a difficult game although you have to keep your eye on things at all times.

I bought it cheaply in a bundle but i think the full price is justified based of the length of gaming there.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21, 2014
1849 is a nice SimCity-like casual western citybuilder that isn't as deep but still fun to play, and every member of the family can play it because it's so easy to pick up.

I think everyone has heard of or played SimCity before so I'll spare you the details. You just place buildings and hope to attract as many residents as possible, which results in you earning money to build even more buildings.

The graphics are okay, but if you zoom in you'll definitely notice the blurry sprites. So... don't do that too much. The music has a certain western vibe which is good, and the sounds are pretty basic but okay too, I guess.

1849 wouldn't be my first choice when it comes to citybuilders, but if you have a younger family member, or an older one, start with this one. It's so much easier to understand and play for them, I think.

[Rating: 70/100]
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
I may not have many hours of play on Steam just yet, but I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say I have already clocked at least 100 hours on this game ever since I got it on IndieGameStand, so I thought this game deserved a nice little review for all potential fellow players out there.

The premise of 1849 is a classic one, and the game may not have loads of different buildings to build or hundreds of different resources to collect, but rest assured that it has more than enough to keep you busy for a long time. The casual-looking interface hides a challenging city management simulation and everything in the game works together just perfectly. There are no electricity grids or traffic jams, but the simple yet challenging resource management and production chain systems are crafted wonderfully and the game stays engaging, inciting you to expand and to find the perfect balance between farms, factories, saloons and houses. Make no mistake, 1849 is casual and I love its refined simplicity because it makes the game so easy to pick up, but at the same time it plays like a true management game and it can get quite hard, and I love it equally - if not more - for that.

And as if the game mechanics weren't enough, the game is also set in a period of time that easily speaks to the imagination and that has been crafted beautifully in the visuals of each little part of the game. In every building, every tree and every person walking through the streets you can feel the atmosphere of the bustling town you're shaping where only moments ago was nothing but forests and meadows. Combine that with the challenges from the management mechanics, and it's easy to see why this game gives you such a rewarding sense of accomplishment but at the same time gives you the need to keep going and keep making your town better.

I got this game in the daily deal on IGS for only a few bucks, but knowing how much I've already enjoyed playing this game I would happily pay full price for this game that is quickly becoming one of my favourites.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
37 of 61 people (61%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Overall, “1849″ has a lot to offer but does so in such a way to where you won’t need a lifetime supply of Excedrin Migraine to keep up. It’s a somewhat casual experience but still can challenge even the most hardcore city-builder fans. I suspect that part of the game’s design has something to do with the fact that it’s also available on mobile devices, though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Don’t let the cartoony graphics deter you, however…there’s plenty of content here to justify its fifteen dollar price tag. It would also serve as a great primer for tougher resource management games like those found in the “Caesar” series, I feel. The campaign can be a little limiting at times with regard to the buildable structures available on any given map, but the sandbox mode helps to alleviate this problem. All in all, a cute (but tough) “little” game.

Full Review:

http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/1849-final/

Alpha Gameplay Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I8Pv4GtBkvU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW18PLIBkhQ&feature=player_embedded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Ev7M9EwLc&feature=player_embedded
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
I spent a snowy weekend playing this game and I doubt I'll play it much more (if ever again.) In general, I am a huge fan of city builders and after reading the mostly positve reviews I was psyched to give this a try. It is probably one of the most limited and frustrating games I've ever played.

The type of resources you can create/gather/mine/farm are pre-selected from the beginning and sometimes make no sense. I hda one game where I needed to export stone bricks, but couldn't build a stone quarry. so I would have to buy stones, then turn them into stone bricks, then export them for less than the cost of the original stone.

Also, you can't tell the quanities of anything (this is a pet peeve of mine in city builders.) How many vinyards do I need to make how much wine, how much wheat makes how much bread (and how much bread is needed per citizen?)
You can't unlock new trade routes. You can't unlock new buildings. Sometimes getting off the ground is incredibly difficult, other times, building a massive city, that can quickly become unweildy because for instance, the lumber cycle, lumber -> boards -> furniture, is extremely slow, so you may for instance, run out of room to put lumber yards.

Anyway, overall, disappointed. Graphics were cute but you can't do anything more than zoom. You can't rotate the view or objects. If you're looking for an afternoon time waster, maybe try this. Otherwise, go check out Tropico 4.


Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
Pros
- Things happen quickly
- Randomized trading partners

Cons:
- Too simple
- Feels like a 99c iOS game
- Radomized Trading partners are some times nonsensical or inaccessibile (wants a resource you cannot easily make)
- Limiting city space
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2015
Pretty and simple city builder, maybe better suited for playing on tablet than on desktop computer. But it still offers about 10-15 hours of gameplay in campaign mode. Sadly there's no replay value whatsoever, there is a sandbox mode but maintaining a large population is a bit tedious and definitely not fun.
Major drawback is the game's price, 15 euros is a bit steep. If you spot it on some big discount or in some bundle be sure to grab it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2014
Good: Well, it's easy to beat and get achievements
Bad: Not alot here, no challenge really
Basically an expensive Facebook game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
Excellent resource building simulation game! Are you interested in non-battle simluation? Do you like simple options with easy level up abilities where you don't have to relay on a bible? This is the game for you! Don't be fooled if you're failing the first few story attempts. It's difficult to keep a good balance of workers and members of the community, but if you keep it close you'll be profiting day after day.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 27, 2014
A nice casual city builder game where you have to manage resources to increase your population and in turn grow your city. Nothing overly complicated and simple to pick up. I enjoyed being able to play for an hour or so and finish a map and come back the next day to play the next.

If you are looking for a complex game, this is not for you. But, if you are looking for something to quickly pickup and provide a couple dozen hours of casual gameplay then this might be your ticket. Oh and I love the soundtrack.

*UPDATE*
The expansion Nevada Silver is good too. Not quite as good as the base game, but it does add a bit and mixes things up a little.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2015
What can one say about 1849?
It's an OK game. It's not perfect, but it's fun. It has it's flaws, but still makes you REALY plan ahead for your economy.
Would I reccomend this game? If you like city-building games, like I do, and if you like the old western style that 1849 brings you, yes. It's cheap, yet enjoyable at certain areas. So yes. you should deffinetly try it out.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14, 2014
As a fan of old Sierra style sim games such as "pharaoh", I really enjoyed this game. Of course, this game is very easy to handle and it really does not offer any challenge on economics, trading etc.

But then again, 1849 is a very simple and fun game to play, it offers the experience of building city, trading for recources and so on without hours of learning and failing. It does just what it promises.

If you are new to these type of games, I really recommend to start with this one.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny