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1849

 

 

SCORE: 80

1849 

 

Simulation games are usually safe for families. It can depend on what the game is simulating. 1849 is a mining town in California simulation. We mine for gold, iron, hunt, fish, sell hides, and more in this Personal Computer simulation video game.

There are twenty different cities in 1849 that families can play with from San Francisco to the Sierra's. This is from way before that region went completely crazy. In fact the WMG generally refers to this game as: "In the year of our Lord 1849." Since that is how people referenced the year back then. I did not notice SomaSim referencing that historical fact in this PC game.

On top of the different city scenarios, players can also play in the sandbox. You get an area, and work your way into having a productive community. There are plenty of things to pay attention to in 1849. People come where there is an opportunity. They also need to eat. A sheriff and fire brigade are also important.

The city scenarios will have different goals assigned to them. Maybe you need to sell so much gold in trade to another city. Or maybe you need so many people in your town. These goals range from city to city. There are also things like earthquakes and floods where neighboring cities will ask for your assistance. You can help them or ignore them - the choice is yours. Just like in the real world.

A good balance is needed in 1849. Not enough food, and people will leave. Not enough workers, and resources can not be gathered. The same goes for having too many government buildings and not enough renters in the houses. When you find that balance things work great in 1849. There are saloons in 1849, and players will buy/sell alcohol.

Players can fast forward time in 1849 so they do not need to wait. Yes you can go into the year of our Lord 1850 while playing 1849. This PC game is a solid strategy title that has a unique theme to it. The best building included in 1849 is a church. It is wonderful to see companies putting faith based content in their games.

1849 has a rustic look and feel to it. I had no problems scaling in and out to look at the town, buildings, and people. Certain buildings need roads to have their goods transported out of them. I ran into a few graphical glitches here and there trying to place buildings.
- WMG

 

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 85%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 78%

System: Personal Computer
Publisher: SomaSim
Developer: SomaSim
Rating: 'NR' for Not Rated
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