This review originally ran in PC Gamer UK issue 326 in December 2018.
The best games are masters of illusion, making you believe a bunch of code and scripted behaviours are somehow real worlds or great stories. Even a game that's explicitly driven by values and numbers, abstract in its presentation, has to convince you that what you're watching unfold is an organic ecosystem. RimWorld aims to create complex drama from its systems, but as close as it sometimes gets, the illusion never quite takes hold.
RimWorld is a game about establishing a colony on a remote planet sometime in the distant future. There's a whole Western vibe, resulting in a sort of Firefly-esque setting. It's a life simulator, a genre about a more hand-off approach to strategy and management, where you manipulate AI behaviour instead of controlling it directly.
Developer: Ludeon Studios
Publisher: Ludeon Studios
Release Date: 17 Oct, 2018
Genre: Survival, Strategy, Building, Management, Simulation, Open World, Sci-fi, Action
- OS: Windows XP
- Processor: Core 2 Duo
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of RAM
- Storage: 500 MB available space