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RimWorld (2018) is a sci-fi strategy game about survival, trading, exploring and developing your colony. You start the game with three survivors of a shipwreck on a distant planet and begin to craft structures, weapons and clothes. The objective of the game is to create a successful colony and keep your settlers happy by fulfilling their needs.

You use the arrows and keys on your keyboard to scroll across your colony area and you can zoom in and out to see specific areas and events happening. You click to select your people, objects and items which you want to interact with and you type into the command bar what you want to do also such as selecting all of your colonists, doors or enemies at once.

Rim World allows you to take control of your people and gives you the opportunity to run the colony in the way you want to. The building and trading encourage you to think about the future of the colony and how you can keep your settlers as happy as possible with as little conflict as possible within your area.

The colonists that you get at the start of the game are not professional settlers so you could be given three different types of people with unrelated professions. For example, you could start the game with an accountant, a housewife and a surgeon and you can acquire more colonists by capturing them in fights, buying them from traders or taking in refugees.

Each settler in your colony behaves and lives differently depending on their background so an accountant might be an expert in negotiations in trading but not do any physical labour tasks, and a scientist might specialise in research but not have good social skills. Your colonists have relationships with one another, as well as having opinions on each other which might lead them to fall in love, marry or fight. In Rim World, your colonists also catch diseases, get wounded or have conditions or prosthetics which affect how well the character works.

Your colony lives on a world that is fully generated by the game and you choose where you want to land your crash pod, for example, a desert, a jungle, a tundra or a forest. The areas on the planet have different climates where certain animals, plants and diseases might live, so where you decide to colonise affects how you play. You travel across the planet, rescuing kidnapped allies from pirates, trading with other colonies and completing other quests. While developing your colony you have to prepare for random events that happen such as natural disasters, ambushes or animal attacks.

Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked RimWorld 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Collecting elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 49 hours and 95 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Not yet rated but likely to be PEGI 16 and ESRB MATURE 17+. As it includes characters being hurt with weapons, sale of organs and limbs, use of drugs, slavery, cannibalism, war crimes. There is also sex and slow deaths from diseases. These are not depicted in overly graphic ways but are likely to be disturbing to younger players.

When the game was first available to play in 2016, there was some controversy over how it portrayed gender and sexuality.


RimWorld usually costs £28.49. 

Rim World

Steam StoreSALE PC £28.49 £22.79 until 29/07/2024
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Players can download mods to add more events or additional options to the game. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/10/2018

Price: 20% off

Out Now: PC

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy and Collecting

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Ludeon Studios (@LudeonStudios)

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