For those of you not familiar with Rimworld, try to imagine Dwarf Fortress having a baby with Prison Architect and blasting it to a far away planet.
For those of you looking for a better summation, let me put it this way; it’s a colony management simulator where the lives of each and every one of your colonists is important, and where one mistake can potentially cost you your colony. The game has been in Alpha status for quite a while now, and after a six month hiatus Ludeon Studios have finally released Alpha 13. The update adds a lot of new features which fans of the game have been looking forward to for quite some time, one of which is a permadeath system. If you’re a save scummer, now might be the time to look away.
The new update has added colonist relationships such as marriages and rivalries, which should change the whole dynamic of a colony. I’ve already had a few lovers spats break out in my colony, one of which somehow ended with someone losing their right leg. They’ve also put animal bonding into the game so relationships with pets are a little more meaningful. On top of that, you can expect to see new enemies such as bears, cougars and insect hives; the latter posing a threat similar to that of a bandit raid. You can see the full changelog here.
The game might be in Alpha, but there is certainly enough content to keep you entertained for a long time. If you’re looking for a game with a lot of potential and emergent gameplay, then you’ve found the perfect game for you. Fans of Dwarf Fortress will definitely enjoy Rimworld, but it’s safe to say the game has a lot less of a learning curve.
The full game is available for $30 on the Ludeon Studios website.