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Generally favorable reviews- based on 268 Ratings

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  • Summary: A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Inspired by Dwarf Fortress and Firefly. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 30, 2018
    100
    Stories, stories, stories. RimWorld sets you up for an ever changing game in which only your engagement remains the same, potentially for hundreds of hours. And when you’re done with the vanilla version of RimWorld, there are thousands of mods that enhance or change the game in such a way that it is all fresh again. I am in awe of RimWorld, and it deserves a Big Fat 10 out of 10.
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    100
    Rimworld is a new standard in survival/strategy sims, and has emerged from early access with grace. Now the REAL fun can begin...
  3. Oct 26, 2018
    95
    Some minor flaws turn RimWorld into a slightly flawed diamond. It is a truly unique game, one that appears every few years. I have been following RimWorld's development from the beginning, and every session with this game was superb. The same comment applies now.
  4. Nov 30, 2018
    90
    This strategy game offers survival and business simulation in one package. With the player learning from trial and error, numerous unpredictable events bring additional challenges to solve, while enriching the story at the same time.
  5. Nov 11, 2018
    85
    Successful mixture of strategy, tower defense, survival sandbox and sci-fi story generator with a guaranteed high replay value.
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    75
    A satisfying colony-building sandbox with a lot of replayability that suffers from a lack of polish in the UI. A great aesthetic and quirky sci-fi take on the genre mean there is a lot to like here, it just takes a little digging to get there.
  7. Jan 8, 2019
    74
    An imaginative management game but a weak story generator.

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 43
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  1. Feb 19, 2019
    10
    Hundreds of hours played and hundreds of hours enjoyed :)

    Always fun to watch your only good gunner get a hive spawn under his feet and
    Hundreds of hours played and hundreds of hours enjoyed :)

    Always fun to watch your only good gunner get a hive spawn under his feet and have to go die his tail out.
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  2. Jan 1, 2019
    10
    Infinite variation, easy to pick up, impossible to master, creates a story that is different every time and draws you in. Just what you needInfinite variation, easy to pick up, impossible to master, creates a story that is different every time and draws you in. Just what you need in a strategy game. This is gameplay. This is not pretty. You will not care that it is not pretty (though I deducted a point for a few clunky UI/UX). Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    After 500+ hours with this during early access and the beta versions, this is about the best $30 I’ve ever spent. If you want a truly landmarkAfter 500+ hours with this during early access and the beta versions, this is about the best $30 I’ve ever spent. If you want a truly landmark game that can run on almost any computer and provides a nearly limitless amount of entertainment, you don't need me to tell you to pick this one up. Congrats to Tynan (the main dev) and the rest at Ludeon! Expand
  4. Apr 14, 2019
    10
    great to spend time or to spend hours playing, the events are good depending on the nerd, but the weapons and the combat are simple (somethinggreat to spend time or to spend hours playing, the events are good depending on the nerd, but the weapons and the combat are simple (something that can be corrected easily with mods like extended combat) Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2018
    10
    I very rarely give 10s. However, over 1000 hours later, I can safely say that, for me at least, Rimworld is one of the top five games I'veI very rarely give 10s. However, over 1000 hours later, I can safely say that, for me at least, Rimworld is one of the top five games I've played in my 30 years of gaming. It is a masterpiece; a labour of love from a developer who has hit every target they set out to achieve.

    It won't be for everyone though - it is difficult to get into and can overwhelm if not prepared to give it a chance. This is especially due to the rudimentary graphics, which can be offputting on first glance yet become endearing with time. Rimworld isn't a 'looker' in the traditional sense, but it is highly functional and visually conveys all the information you need.

    If you are looking for a 'pick up and play' experience, this won't be for you - if you are looking for a stunning strategy and real time management experience, that delivers buckets of memorable moments via a perfect, customisable procedural story generator, then this is very much for you. In a world where you can pay £60 for a six hour long game with a predictable gameplay loop, £28 for Rimworld is an absolute steal.
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  6. Dec 13, 2018
    10
    I specially registered the account here to tell you that this game is excellent!
  7. Feb 14, 2019
    6
    Some good ideas with garbage AI and almost every game mechanics handed over to RNG. You can try and balance this out with a myriad ofSome good ideas with garbage AI and almost every game mechanics handed over to RNG. You can try and balance this out with a myriad of settings, but at full price this is simply not a great game. It is an amazing time-waster however, and many giving this glowing praise have are rationalizing this to equate to having fun. Most of Rimworld is grind, not fun. The only real fun is to religiously study all the mechanics with countless hours of reading wikis, then beat the game with RNG set to "melt my face off", so you can run to the Internet (Reddit) to brag about how ultra hardcore you are. Expand

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