22 Games Like RimWorld

Games Like RimWorldThis assortment of games like RimWorld provides 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 reach completion and escape the Early Access status.

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 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, all of which have changed and evolved as the game continues to progress through development.

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.
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 dungeon as you lead the subte...[Read More]

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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 hearted approach to gameplay t...[Read More]

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9.6 User Avg (21 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. Dungeon Keeper sends players o...[Read More]

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factorio

Factorio

Developed as a real time strategy game and released in 2014 through the Steam Early Access Program is Factorio a game all about taking basic parts and building upon them again and again to create a thriving society. The idea behind Factorio revolves around a crash landed man on a far off alien planet who must rely on the re...[Read More]

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9.5 User Avg (12 votes)
oxygen-not-included

Oxygen Not Included

Oxygen Not Included challenges you with space colony simulation across varied procedural generated worlds. With food, warmth and even oxygen as your resources under constant threat you’ll need to guide your colonists to survive. Every detail of your colony is in the hands of the player and more so than most simulation...[Read More]

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9.5 User Avg (12 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 draws from a number of classics ...[Read More]

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9.4 User Avg (15 votes)
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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 stayed true to the dark style of ...[Read More]

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8.8 User Avg (12 votes)
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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 of Dwarf Fortress. Players play...[Read More]

PC
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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 similar games such as Theme Hospita...[Read More]

PC
8.6 User Avg (12 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 Planetbase to master the three game p...[Read More]

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8.5 User Avg (6 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 I’ve ever seen in a game but i...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (30 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 version adds sandbox, rush, endless,...[Read More]

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8.4 User Avg (7 votes)
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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 community of adventurers as you exp...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (44 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 starts you off with your own commun...[Read More]

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8.2 User Avg (56 votes)
rise-to-ruins

Rise to Ruins

Rise to Ruins (previously Retro-Pixel Castles) challenges you to survive in a game that blends colony management, god like powers and survival into a single game. With noted inspiration from the likes of Banished and Dwarf Fortress but offering something different at the same time Rise to Ruins has wide audience appeal. The...[Read More]

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8 User Avg (18 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 in Bunker await. Playing as th...[Read More]

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7.8 User Avg (5 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, with technology available at th...[Read More]

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7.7 User Avg (7 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 with a number of sliders avai...[Read More]

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7.4 User Avg (5 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 multiplayer War For The Overworld is set...[Read More]

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space-colony

Space Colony

Set on the otherside of the galaxy that we know with limited resources a powerful corporation has sent a crew of explorers to survive and eventually turn a profit for themselves. With this base deep in alien territory you’ll have to keep these explorers safe from the hostile alien threat that circles your base. Part s...[Read More]

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7 User Avg (18 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 luck would have it just so happe...[Read More]

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5.7 User Avg (24 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 will get to choose which part...[Read More]

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