CHICAGO, Ill. – June 19, 2014 – There’s gold in them thar hills! Today Kindle Fire owners can join the growing ranks of gold-hungry prospectors in 1849, a city building game set during the California Gold Rush. The game is a $4.99 download from the Amazon Appstore.
Optimized for touch-enabled tablets such as Kindle Fire, 1849 is a city management sim in the vein of SimCity, Caesar, and Pharaoh with a bit ofOregon Trail sprinkled in. Build Northern California from the ground up as prospectors flock to the real cities of Santa Rosa, Sacramento, San Francisco, and seventeen others in search of fame and fortune. Whether you’re looking for entertainment on the go or on the couch, 1849 has Kindle Fire owners covered with gameplay that’s just as fun in quick bursts as in long marathon sessions.
In addition to featuring real Gold Country towns, 1849’s scenarios and artwork are inspired by Gold Rush lore, surviving architecture, and period photographs. Build towns, populate them with workers, and keep your citizens housed, fed, and entertained. Set up trade networks with neighbors to help your city thrive, and most importantly, keep those pickaxes coming so your citizens can strike it rich!
In addition to today’s Kindle Fire release, 1849 is also on Google Play for Android tablets and on the App Store for iPad. PC and Mac versions are available too. For game details and a full list of online stores, visit http://www.somasim.com/1849.
Independent studio SomaSim was founded in San Francisco in 2013 to create simulation games for modern devices and audiences. Their first game is the Gold Rush-themed 1849, now available for PC, Mac, iPad, and Android tablets including Kindle Fire. Lead developer Robert Zubek has previously worked at EA, Three Rings Design, and most recently Zynga, where he was a founding team member on both CityVille andFarmville 2. Writer and art director Matthew Viglione comes from a publishing background and has over ten years of graphic design and communications experience. Together they designed 1849 to recapture the magic of the simulation games they loved to play growing up. As of June 2014, the company is headquartered in Chicago. Learn more about SomaSim at http://somasim.com.
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