18 Games Like RimWorld

Games Like RimWorld
This assortment of games like RimWorld provide other challenging construction and management titles for strategy fans to sink their teeth into.

RimWorld launched into an Alpha stage in late 2013 with consistent improvements since that time, as a small team though the lengthy development phase has led players to seek other alternatives while they await the game to be finalised.

Set on a stranded planet after players crash land their spaceship into the surface your objective is to escape the planet by collecting the resources you can from the planet and adjusting to the various random events that are thrown at the player. These randomised situations blend good and bad situations that can boost your potential or make escape slip through your fingers.

During this journey back into space players must employ efficient resource collection and careful colony management. Generating and transporting electricity around your settlement is one such key mechanic. Other game aspects with detailed mechanics include health, seasons, temperatures, biomes, tactical combat and even crew psychology.

This list of games like RimWorld feature similar in depth mechanics that require players to master each one to ensure management success. Emphasis has been placed on games with similar science fiction themes as well.

Games Like RimWorld

undermaster

Undermaster

Undermaster is the latest game from the Upjers team to be converted across to their English branch of games. Taking inspiration from the likes of Dungeon Keeper and introducing browser game elements Undermaster is simple but still enjoyable. Your task in Undermaster is to develop your own dream... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(14 votes)
gnomoria

Gnomoria

Gnomoria puts you in control of a civilisation of gnomes who need your guidance to grow their settlement, fend off attacks, craft and dig. While a sandbox game at heart there is also plenty of management and strategy to also master. Each game in Gnomoria starts in a procedurally generated world... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(4 votes)
sol-0

Sol 0

Your objective in Sol 0 is to colonise the surface of Mars by delivering regular rockets of resources and then pairing those with the materials found on Mars to create a thriving colony of astronauts. While the game is set in the future Sol 0 focuses on keeping the experience a realistic one, w... Read More »

User Score
4.5
(2 votes)
prison-architect

Prison Architect

Maximum security prisons aren’t an easy line of business but one you’ll become expert in by the end of Prison Architect, a game that takes the management simulation genre into the private construction business. Prison Architect takes place in a top-down 2D environment and clearly dr... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(11 votes)
war-for-the-overworld

War For The Overworld

Many games have tried to revived the Dungeon Keeper franchise but none have come as close as War for the Overworld a fan made game born from the realm of Kickstarter. With Richard Ridings providing voice acting for the game it is already half way there. Offering campaign, sandbox and multiplaye... Read More »

User Score
6.8
(6 votes)
planetbase

Planetbase

Fancy yourself as a colonist? Planetbase challenges you to settle the stars with your own team of space settlers as they try to establish an outpost on a remote planet. It’s a struggle for survival at its best and one of the few games set in the science fiction realm. Your goal in Planetb... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(3 votes)
banished

Banished

Banished is one of the latest additions to the city building genre (launching in early 2014) and takes it into a unique medieval setting. Unlike other games where you have an abundance of resources you’ll find yourself focusing on balancing your scarce supplies to try and thrive. The game start... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(51 votes)
craft-the-world

Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS. Borrowing elements from the likes of Terraria and Dwarf Fortress you’re definitely in for a gaming treat. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving commu... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(44 votes)
dungeon-keeper

Dungeon Keeper

The original Dungeon Keeper is often credited as popularising dark humour in games and was released in 1997. Challenging players to manage their own dungeon while defeating various heroes the game was hugely successful and led to an equally satisfying sequel (Dungeon Keeper 2) two years later. ... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(7 votes)
dungeon-keeper-2

Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper 2 was released two years after the original hit game and puts players in control of their own dungeon once again as they fight on the side of evil while managing their own dungeon With many of improvements over the original Dungeon Keeper the game saw really good success that sta... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(12 votes)
dwarfs

Dwarfs!?

Dwarfs!? (and its free to play counterpart Dwarfs!) lets you command your very own team of Dwarfs in a Lemmings meets Dwarf Fortress approach to gameplay. The free version allows players to experience arcade mode (main game mode) in addition to tutorials and challenge mode while the full versio... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
spacebase-df9

Spacebase DF-9

Build and maintain your own space station in Spacebase DF-9 a game of ships, asteroids, aliens and more. You’ll get to assign jobs to the citizens that you attract while you try your best to keep them alive and grow your space station. At the start of your Spacebase DF-9 adventure players... Read More »

User Score
5.7
(16 votes)
life-in-bunker

Life in Bunker

With the world deemed uninhabitable Life in Bunker challenges players to keep your small pocket of human civilisation alive in the underground caverns that you’ll dig out. Managing the resources of minerals, food, water, air and your population the randomised sandbox style levels of Life ... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(2 votes)
evil-genius

Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair (complete with plans for world domination). The game launched in 2004 with development by Elixir Studios. The game is set somewhere in the 1960s or 1970s and offers a humorous and light ... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(18 votes)
a-game-of-dwarves

A Game of Dwarves

A Game of Dwarves puts you at the head of a dwarf settlement and gives you complete control of building a new and thriving dwarf civilisation. The game was released in 2012 by Paradox Interactive and draws inspiration from hits such as the Dungeon Keeper series and the increasingly popularity o... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
startopia

StarTopia

StarTopia was put together by former Bullfrog employees and has you take control of several space stations as you attempt to create a thriving space hub for the galaxy. StarTopia was released back in 2001 and features the same humour filled gameplay that made the Dungeon Keeper series and simil... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(11 votes)
dwarf-fortress

Dwarf Fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a unique city building experience that has players control their own group of dwarves in what is a very unique city building like experience that also incorporates some strategy/rogue-like elements. The game won’t appeal to everyone and has one of the steepest learning curves ... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(29 votes)
towns

Towns

Towns had the honour of being one of the first games to be released based on the Steam Greenlight program. The game offers an interesting mixture of strategy, city building and role playing which is available on both PC and Mac. In Towns players are in charge of their own settlement which as lu... Read More »

User Score
5.9
(22 votes)