RimWorld, a different take on RTS genre

Rimworld is a game about resource management. It is suited for gamers that liked games like Cities: Skylines and Sims. The futuristic plot of the game revolved around three characters that are stranded on a planet located at the end of the known space (therefore, the name “RimWorld”).

Setting and Gameplay

Rimworld is set in a universe, where faster than light travel and interstellar communication are, so far, not possible. What’s so interesting about this game, is that each character has a different personality, all characters can fall sick and have every part of their body damaged, and so on. At the start of the game, the backstory, abilities, and personalities of the characters are randomly generated. Characters can also be renamed. The game ends when one of the characters escapes the planet on a spaceship, or when they’re all dead.

As time progresses in-game, more people will join your colony. They can either join themselves, or they can be taken as a prisoner and persuaded to join the colony.

Rimworld Gameplay
Rimworld Gameplay (large colony)

The main objective of the game is to expand your colony and gather enough resources until your characters can escape the unknown plane via a spaceship. The game has a top-down, two-dimensional view. The events that transpire in game are randomly generated.

AI Storyteller

The center mechanic of Rimworld is an AI Storyteller. Progression, difficulty and events all depend on its settings. The game originally has 3 configured AI Storytellers, all of which have different settings:

  • Cassandra Classic (increases difficulty over time by increasing the number of negative events happening during the game)
  • Phoebe Chillax (gives large periods of peace between negative events)
  • Randy Random (unpredictable events occurring at random intervals which are all randomly generated)

The events we’re talking about are random and are announced via a pop up message on your screen. Some of these events can be:

  • Wanderer joining the colony
  • Travelers passing through the area
  • Pirate Raid
  • Solar Flare
  • Diseases, and many many more

Each of these events affects gameplay in their own unique way. For example, a pirate attack will make the player defend the colony by either drafting the characters or by preparing for such events by building defense turrets and traps.

Another large aspect of Rimworld is electricity, which is vital for the colony. Almost all devices, such as heaters, turrets and cooking stoves depend on electricity. It can be generated by many various different means. For example, you can use wind turbines, solar panels or power stations. It’s distributed by conduits. You can even build a battery to store the electricity if you’re producing more than the colony requires.

All in all, Rimworld is a bit different take on RTS genre, which is a refreshing change of pace. The game is still updated to this day, with new content being added frequently. So if you were looking for a game like this, give Rimworld a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

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