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Kenshi (2018) is a single player role-play game where you have complete control over your character and how they live their life. With no central story, it allows you to go anywhere and play however you like, be that as a city dweller who never ventures into the wider world or a ruthless warlord who fights the other factions. With a detailed environment, no story to follow, and limitless ways to play, it offers a uniquely open experience.

You first choose your character's appearance in the comprehensive character customiser, then pick where your life starts: maybe in a city as a lowly but strong and capable slave, or out in the wilderness with little hope for survival. You can then decide where to go and what you want to do, be that set up a new city, become a crime lord, or do anything else you can think of, so long as you don't get killed along the way. You can also decide whether to go it alone or recruit other characters to join your cause, either as equals or subjects.

It's a very difficult game by design, meant to resemble real post-apocalyptic life as closely as possible. There's no level-scaling, meaning everyone else starts out stronger than you, but you can gradually gain more strength. Depending on your choices, merely surviving can be nigh on impossible, or you can rise up to become the central power in the land.

It's an entirely unique approach to the role-playing genre, where you have no tasks to do or story to follow, besides the one you make yourself, in a creative experience that's unlike any other.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Kenshi 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Role-Play game with Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Creative and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 150 hours to complete. As the game is open-ended, you can go on surviving indefinitely, or simply stop after a few hours. Those that take to the game will play for many tens of hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

The developer states, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content." The game includes blood and dismemberment (that can be turned off) and a swearing filter. There is some dialog that obliquely references sex, but not explicit. It does include drug trafficking, alcohol consumption, people trafficking as well as cannibalism (players can only be victims, cannot partake).

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The systems and open world experience makes this fascinating for older teenagers looking for a deep role-play experience, where they don't have to deal with other players.


Kenshi usually costs £22.99.


Steam Store PC £22.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Role-Play (Adventure, Collecting, Communication, Creative and Simulation)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Lo Fi Games (@LoFiGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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