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A few months ago, I took a look at 1849 from SomaSim. This Gold Rush-themed city builder for iPad had a fair bit going for it, but lacked in a few crucial areas to make it a true stand-out on the App Store. SomaSim has since added in a sandbox mode, and just last week the first content expansion, entitled Nevada Silver, went live.

1849: Nevada SilverSet in the wake of the discovery of major silver deposits that came to be known as the Comstock Lode, the expansion shifts focus eastward into the mountains and hills of Nevada. Available via in-app purchase for $1.99, a campaign of six new cities awaits returning prospectors, as well as a sandbox mode for the Nevada mapset.

The core of 1849 hasn’t changed with the coming of Nevada Silver, but it has thrown a few small tweaks into the mix. The trading interface, for instance, is now governed by the comings and goings of the railroad. Trains arrive in the player’s town on a regular schedule from nearby settlements, each of which is looking to buy and sell specific goods. Each train has a set number of cargo slots and while they can be switched up at any time, only a set amount of goods can flow in or out during each visit. It adds a pacing to the buildup of resources that can make seemingly innocuous tasks like “Sell 300 silver to Carson City” take forever when you can only send out three 15 unit loads per visit. And since almost all of the mission objectives in 1849: Nevada Silver require some degree of buying or selling goods, players will need to get familiar and comfortable with the rail trading system pretty quickly.

1849: Nevada SilverWhile it isn’t a part of the expansion per se, the sandbox mode bears mention as it is one of the issues I touched on the game needing during my initial review. Players pick a location for their settlement on the map, which generates size, resources, and the like based on data of the geography of the region they picked. The plot sizes run from “Large” to “Huge” to “Boundless,” which is, contrary to the name, quite bounded. Admittedly, the boundary is fully to the edges of the game’s visual layout, which is a fair sight larger than the maps one encounters in the missions, but it’s still constrained – I would assume due to some sort of technical limitations.

And speaking of technical issues, why on Earth are the tree textures still super-blurry when I zoom in to the game’s tightest camera setting? I know it’s not early onset glaucoma on my part, as everything else is still crisp and clean. It just seems very odd to leave something like this unfixed for a game that’s iPad only, where you know players are going to notice every flaw in your visuals.

1849: Nevada SilverThe new content in Nevada Silver will take a few hours to get through (mainly due to the whims of the train-based trade economy mentioned above) and if you truly enjoyed the gameplay of the original 1849 then you’ll clearly have a good time with it. I felt the iteration and additions, while welcome, were too minor to substantially change my feelings on the product as a whole. It continues, as before, to teeter on the edge of being truly compelling, without ever fully making the plunge.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2014-05-07 :: Category: Games

1849 Review

1849 Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
"There's gold in that there App Store!" SomaSim brings us a historical city builder for iPad, but 1849 isn't quite surefire paydirt.

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Titan: Olympus War Review

Titan: Olympus War Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The Twelve Labors of Hercules were not as taxing as the Sisyphean effort required to struggle through this Korean import's poor translation.

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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The jokes aren't the most offensive thing about this freemium city building game based around the Family Guy series.

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Clash of Clans Receives Big Update, Adds Clan Wars and More

Posted by on April 10th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Supercell has updated its wildly popular combat strategy game Clash of Clans with some new features.

Described as the “biggest update in Clash history” by its developer, the update adds no-risk clan wars with bonus loot, and clan castle renovation.

We had an opportunity to review the game a while back. Clash of Clans is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.

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via: Our Review

SomaSim‘s 1849 is a sim about the California Gold Rush in the same vein as older objective-driven simulations and city builders. It’s also got a surprising amount of puzzle-like elements as you’ll quickly find yourself trying to figure out the best way to make use of the limited space you’re given.

The core idea behind 1849 is balance. You need to mine gold and other precious metals to earn money. You also need food and lodgings for your citizens and workers or else they’ll abandon ship in a heartbeat. But in order to do that, you’ll also have to make sure to provide other amenities such as schools and access to a saloon to keep the citizens of your ever-growing city happy. The catch is that every city (of which there are 20, each with their own overarching goals to complete) has a limit to how far it can expand. So in order to create a successful self-sustaining city you’ll have to pay close attention to where you place what buildings and how many you construct.

SomaSim is aiming for an early May release. A specific price point hasn’t been locked-in yet, but 1849 will be priced at a premium and offer additional content packs in the future.

CastleVille Legends Review

CastleVille Legends Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Proving quite the slow burner, CastleVille Legends is a well-made but flawed freemium based realm building game.

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Godsrule: War of Mortals Review

Godsrule: War of Mortals Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
This city-builder-meets-RTS game has novel ideas to it, but when push comes to shove, the actual game falls flat on its face.

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Greedy Grub Review

Greedy Grub Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Greedy Grub is certainly adorable, but it's not particularly ground-breaking.

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2020: My Country Review

2020: My Country Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
One of the more satisfying freemium city building games out there.

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Fantasy Quest Review

Fantasy Quest Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It takes a while for this kingdom to get its act together, but once it does it's worth ruling.

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Tiny Kingdom Review

Tiny Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Tiny Kingdom's contributions to the genre might be small and few, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth checking out.

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Pixel People Review

Pixel People Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Players beware: despite being simple and seemingly without any real purpose, Pixel People is inexplicably tough to put down.

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Knightly Adventure Updates With New Character Class, Holiday Theme

Posted by on December 6th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pangalore’s freemium city building cum RPG, Knightly Adventure, has gotten its first update on iOS, and is headed to Android as well. The update includes a new Witch class along with holiday-themed environments, settings, and costumes.

§ Holiday themed winter setting, complete with magical falling snow and snowy fields throughout the player’s island kingdom
§ Holiday themed items temporarily replace in-game items—health potions now appear as gingerbread men, for instance
§ New in-game items include a “Resurrection Feathers” potion that allows players to continue a quest after being defeated in combat
§ New Christmas tree and reindeer items are available to decorate your holiday kingdom
§ New holiday alternate costumes are available for every character class
§ New Witch character brings a fun and powerful second magic-user class to the game
§ Extensive optimization allows faster game launches and faster, more reliable performance across supported iOS devices (iPhone 4 or newer, iPad 2 or newer, iPod touch 5)

My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic Review

My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Unleash your inner Brony or Pegasister in this free city-builder game, but expect to eventually hit a pay wall.

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My Singing Monsters Review

My Singing Monsters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
My Singing Monsters is a weird and clever "town" building freemium game, but it's got some serious connection problems.

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Arcane Empires Review

Arcane Empires Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Kabam's latest free-to-play is every bit as fantastic as their last one, but that's kind of the problem.

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Clash of Clans Review

Clash of Clans Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
This social freemium town-builder offers up something a little different for a change: a singleplayer experience.

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Dungeon Village Review

Dungeon Village Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Even after game development, feudal Japan, malls, alien worlds, indie racing, and even high school, Kairosoft still manages to find new territory to cover.

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Mole Kingdom Review

Mole Kingdom Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Credit where it's due for attempting to capitalize on a popular market without blatant copying, but Mole Kingdom kind of misses the point.

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Game Insight Releases The Tribez

Game Insight, popular publishers of games like My Country and Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure, has just released the newest game in its lineup, The Tribez.

The Tribez is a free-to-play iPad game where players take on the role of a lost time traveler who ends up in a primitive fantasy realm full of tribes. Gameplay for The Tribez includes building stone-age villages, exploring various territories, and leading a tribe that worships the player as a godsend.

The game boasts colorful graphics and high-quality music. The Tribez includes over 27 levels to explore across three different islands, more than 100 quests for the player to complete, 50 different buildings to create, and ten different humorous characters to interact with. Players even get a pet dinosaur that fights off opponents to the tribes and entertains villages.

The Tribez is free-to-play, but sells coins and gems to use in the game through in-app purchases.


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Rebuild Review

Rebuild Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The gritty, almost awkward presentation in this zombie apocalypse strategy game might cause some hesitation. Make no mistake, however, it's one heck of a Must-Own for genre fans.

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PyramidVille Adventure Review

PyramidVille Adventure Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Build, expand and maintain an Egyptian city in this iOS adaptation of the Facebook hit.

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In a move that’s not entirely unexpected, another popular Facebook title is being brought over to iOS devices. Bulkypix, in collaboration with Kobojo, are adapting PyramidVille for Apple devices. Dubbed PyramidVille Adventure this time around.

This is looking to be more than a mere straight port, however. While the developers have indeed carried the Ancient Egyptian city-building and citizen-gathering mechanics over, they’ve gone and added some new stuff as well. Players will be able to find special items that allow them to build special structures such as the Great Sphinx, as well as take part in a new collection of mini-games that can actually reduce the amount of real-time waiting required for various actions. And, of course, the entire interface has been redesigned for iOS with touch controls and the like.

Those looking to become the next Ramses (or Cleopatra!) will still have to wait a bit before they can experience the 6 million player strong Facebook phenomena on the go. PyramidVille Adventure isn’t set to come out for another month or so, towards the tail end of January. It’ll be free-to-play, and universal, so once it does come out there won’t be much of a reason to avoid it. Aside from the obvious ones like “free time” and “loved ones” anyway.

MyTown 2 Review

MyTown 2 Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
MyTown 2 throws players back into the world of location-based real estate gaming, with little hope of escape.

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Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt HD Review

Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Empire Builder is a city builder with some interesting features but don't expect anything akin to other desktop city builders.

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