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  • genre simulation / economic / historical
  • download size 53 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 69 user ratings.
  • release date May 8, 2014
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher SomaSim / SomaSim
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 wallpapers
  • 4 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • 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.


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?

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.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, Processor: Pentium 4 or better, 75 MB hard drive space, 512 RAM.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later, Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 128MB of video memory. Patched to version 1.0.8

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User reviews:

Remember the great Impression games? This isn't it.

Posted on 2014-05-08 11:29:41 byzeronial's avatarzeronial:

I was bored to death quickly. The developers have opted to go with a minimalistic design choice when it comes to both gameplay and graphics. You're restricted to a small space in the middle of a large map consisting of repetitive landscape design that reminds you of a Facebook game. The game is played only using mouse control, with a quirky UI that feels as if it was designed forread more iOS touchscreens more so than PC. Forget moving around using WASD/arrow keys, there are no re-bindable keys, hotkeys or even a way to rotate the screen.
Don't let the screenshots fool you, the character animations are minimal to say the least and most workers use the same sprite graphics. Buildings have one simple animation and that's about it. When an event, like a robbery occurs, you will see nothing but a robber symbol pop up over a building, giving a lackluster impression overall.
Gameplay is just about balancing your checkbook. It's very basic and it's more about taking your time than making strategic decisions.

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Too expensive for what it is

Posted on 2014-05-08 08:23:28 byWolfram_von_Thal's avatarWolfram_von_Thal:

Charming graphics, but very simple game mechanics with a very limited freedom. Nothing compared to the great Sierra-games (Caesar 3, Pharaoh, Zeus, Emperor) with their replayability and variety. It was fun to play on the first four or five maps, but it's very repetitive and gets boring very soon for me. Too expensive in my opinion.

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Posted on 2014-05-08 15:07:58 byWolfen's avatarWolfen:

If i want a game for my phone, i buy one.
4,99 from the app shop, 1:1 on your pc for triple the price.
No thanks.

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