Rimworld is colony building game where a player starts a colony on a randomly generated map. This map has many variables. The game does a very good job simulating climates from tropical to desert to alpine and some in between I recommend playing hardcore as it increases the drama.
Rimworld has many parts and comes together in a strong storytelling experience. Your colonists are from various walks of life and never intended to be space colonists. Some are pyromaniacs for example. They won’t just start fires at random, they wait until something is bumming them out and then they go on a rampage starting fires. Of course, this affects people on a forest map more than a desert map with no trees. The difference in personality traits is varied and interesting.
So you have cool maps, and cool colonists, add in a compelling base building experience and the game gets even better. I really like the base building. You are not limited to a cookie cutter base and you can design it the way you see fit. For example, I built a medical kit hydroponics lab. I trade with space traders and land traders using medical kits as barter. It’s been working out nicely. I also have a load of medical kits when I need them. There are many businesses you can build as time goes on. Obvious ones are weapons, drugs labs and pig farms.
You have good maps, complex colonists, and base-building now add a really nice combat engine! This is what separates Rimworld from the competition in base building. The combat engine is very well done. Pistols, rifles, grenades, rocket launchers. The list just goes on and on. It’s really fun.
If all that isn’t enough you also get custom storytellers that mess you over. Sure they can do cool stuff as well. Pick a storyteller and difficulty of that storyteller and things get interesting. I won’t give you an example because I don’t want to ruin any part of this game for you.
All these parts come together into an amazing game. It isn’t over yet. Rimword has full steam workshop support. You can download many different mods and change it up. I am running a few minor mods. Xevia’s Rimhair, Trading Spot, [T] Expanded Crops, Medical Kit Crafting, Hospitality A15.
One caveat on Mods is Rimworld is in Early Access, when updates come out it can break mods. I don’t want to get hooked on mods so I only use simple ones. There are a couple of mods I really want to try. Zombie Apocalypse and Medieval. Maybe I will try for a Medieval Zombie Apocalypse! Not sure if they work together yet. The sky is the limit depending on how the mods work.
I just want to go on the record and fully endorse you getting a copy of Rimworld. I requested a review copy and never got an email back. I ended up buying it and then purchase it again for my wife. She is completely hooked on it when she has time off.
$30.00 is a bit expensive for a game. I was also weary about buying at that price. I have found Rimworld is worth the expense if you looking for quality entertainment.