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.
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Release Date: May 8, 2014
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"1849 feels and looks like a tablet game. It is and it is an awesome in that. There aren't many as good managemnet games for tablets. Good on PC too!"
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February 17

1849 available in French - 1849 est actuellement disponible en français

We've just added a full version in French. Click on "settings" to change language.

Une traduction française vient d’être intégrée. Cliquez sur "settings" pour changer de langue.

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December 29, 2014

Trading Cards

Trading cards for 1849 are now available! Collect them to get badges and emoticons from the California and Nevada rushes.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 75 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
    • Processor: Intel only
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 75 MB available space
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
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.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.8 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.

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
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!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
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.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
I originally bought this game before it was on steam so ignore the hours I've played. I've put I'd say around another 10 hours in the game outside of steam. I'm currently playing through the campaign again and I think this is a fun little city builder. There are some different goals in each scenario and different ways to start each town depending on your playstyle.

It can get a bit repetitive after a while but I think the same can be said for most city builders. I enjoy it personally and would recommend it on sale. I don't know that I would pay 14.99 for it, but on sale definitely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
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.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
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.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Cool game. It's like the original Sim City and Caesar II, but pioneer style with no natural disasters and no electricity.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
1849 is basically a miniture city-building game where each game is 10-25 minutes, perfect when you have a short time to burn. The mechanics are not very deep but it works and you usually get to make meaningful choices during each game when you are given optional objectives which could be difficult but rewarding.
Again if you are bored and want a city game, this 1849 is quick and stress-free but still provides decent challenge.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
(I originally bought and played the game on iPad, which is why my hours-played-on-Steam is low).

Charming, streamlined city builder. Lots of personality, and it really takes advantage of its (unique to videogames) setting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
I have this game on my iPad, and it's helped me pass many long boring airport hours. I'm delighted it's available on steam as well - solid city building mechanics, fun soundtrack and good scenario variety.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
this reminds me of the old Oregon Trail style of games of which there has been many, It could easily be repetitive and mind numbing but each city's variation still leaves the game engaging and the fast forward button helps move things along. Overall a solid B game enjoyable for 20+ hours of gameplay at a very afordable cost. I just finished California (missing 1 achievement so have to go back and get the 8 mines which only 1 town lets you do it) I immediatly puchased the Nevada expansion still getting used to the changes but thinking I like the new train station aspect.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
I had a lot of fun with this game! It felt challenging enough without being frustrating. Some of the gameplay mechanics were a bit off-putting at first since I have played a lot of games of this type, but once I figured out the gist of it I had a good time playing right through all 20 missions.

The length of each mission felt just right for a good play session. It could use a few UI enhancements (namely automated buy/sell orders) but too much of this would trivialize the game. I can say there were several times I was glad the AI did not autobuy/sell as the further you get into a mission, the money you have on hand can fluctuate quite a bit!

I have to add that while there are not many tracks, the music is top-notch. I caught myself humming it outside the game on more than one occasion.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Fun game and worth the price if you get it on sale, but even the largest maps in sandbox are still quite small and prevent you from getting a real sense of building a big city.

Resources are for the most part all managed by building the right building type, so there is not much micromanagement as far as assigning resources goes.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Reminiscent of the old Sierra city builders, 1849 is really enjoyable. $19.99 is a little steep in my opinion however, you're best waiting for a sale.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
64.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Nice game, once you figure out how to keep from overbuilding it goes rather fast. Some of the controls could be better, it needs a delete choice for instance, and the road building is clunky, but if you're careful you won't make too many mistakes.
I played all 20 towns with high scores on each but will go back and see if I can avoid some mistakes and do better.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Games like these are why steam needs to offer refunds for up to an hour after the purchase of a game, I wouldn't even mind if it went into steam wallet and not back to my card.

Lots of positive reviews draw you into this game, even the way it looks. But surprise surprise it's nothing like you're going to expect.

It's tedious, uneventful and full of micromanagement.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
simple but fun city builder
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
Cool Game, I like game with a Western Theme , very very addictive , very complex , and you can run it on Low PC , Bad Grapich , But Cool , Lets buy it ! , This game have a Sandbox mode , make your small town to a Big Town , Hahaha, you know , my mom angry after i play this game from 7 AM untill 7 PM , lol ,
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Simple city builder that can provide nice bursts of 15-20 minute distractions.
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