21 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

Leveraging their experience in browser based games Upjers has created Undermaster, a game focused on the establishing and maintenance of a dark dungeon with inspiration from the likes of the Dungeon Keeper franchise. The game is also available on Windows, Linux through the Upjers Home (previously Upjers Playground). Your task in Undermaster is to develop your own dream dungeon as you lead the subterranean minions that you attract into battle against heroes and even other dungeons of minions to g...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (17 votes)
evil-genius

Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation, management and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair as they attempt to complete their plans for world domination one country at a time. Originally launched in 2004 Evil Genius still has a strong cult like following of fans with comparison to the popular Dungeon Keeper series of games which launched several years earlier. With age does come some limitations however with graphics and general polish quickly falling behind other mo...[Read Review]

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9.6 User Avg (22 votes)
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 resources contained on the planet to build a rocket. The game design promotes open ended gameplay with players able to achieve this goal (or even ignore it) however they wish in...[Read Review]

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9.4 User Avg (5 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 games. While colonists will listen to your commands as you send them adventuring for resources from the rocks and minerals that surround you players will also be given advanc...[Read Review]

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9.4 User Avg (13 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 on a journey to claim every single land in the game world that is currently in the hands of the goodly heroes or a rival keeper. As players progress the once green covered land...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (10 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 in the genre. Every element of the prison is in your hand and the game is about much more than just throwing up some cells though with a level of depth that ensures you won...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (17 votes)
dungeon-keeper-2

Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Keeper 2 might have only been released two years after the original hit game but makes significant leaps in graphics and mechanics to expand on the Dungeon Keeper franchise. Once again you’ll be thrown into the underground to build your dungeon, attract creatures, craft traps and ultimately fight on the side of evil, it’s good to be bad. Despite the vast evolution in mechanics and graphic style this has not come at the cost of the familiar dark style of the Bullfrog franchise...[Read Review]

PC
8.8 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 planets that provide different challenges and increasing difficulty. Starting out players will explore the barren desert planet which despite its name is actually one of the ea...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (7 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 civilisation. This civilisation of dwarves is highly customisable with the experience focusing on the dungeon simulation and creation elements rather than a robust and deep layer of strategic gameplay. While this means A Game of Dwarves can’t live up to the likes of Dwarf Fortress in terms of challenge it does provide the necessary tools and freedom to create a thriving dwar...[Read Review]

PC
8.6 User Avg (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 similar games such as Theme Hospital so popular. The game takes place in a universe that has been devastated by war with players taking control of one of the few remaining space stations and a beacon of hope in...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (12 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 if you give this game your time you’ll be rewarded with endless hours of gameplay. The game has been predominately designed by Tarn Adams and has been quoted as considering it ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (31 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, tower defence and dark mode for more variety. These modes can be added individually to your game or bought in a package (Dwarfs!?) allowing plenty of flexibility. Regardless ...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (7 votes)
craft-the-world

Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS whereby players will be creating their own dwarven colony from humble beginnings. Mixing elements from a range of titles in similar genres Craft The World’s overall experience is a gaming treat and offers replayability at the same time. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving community of adventurers (often 12-14 depending on your level completion t...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (45 votes)
banished

Banished

Banished joins the ranks of the city build genre with a 2014 release that takes it into a unique medieval setting where you’ll build from humble beginnings into a thriving economic powerhouse. Banished opts not to throw abundance of resources at players either and instead looks to force players into resource scarcity so that every decision is one of balance as you try to survive and with some luck, thrive. Banished starts you off with your own community of outcasts who have come together a...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (57 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 core experience in Rise to Ruins though is the management of your village which is presented in a pixel like design. This core game (survival mode) is also designed for playe...[Read Review]

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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 the overseeing warden of the bunker players start with a small number of humans that have moved into the underground in order to survive. Not only does Life in Bunker allow you ...[Read Review]

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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 the present day or only a decade or so away. A staple of this technology is the rockets which you will periodically launch throughout your space colonisation. While the rockets ...[Read Review]

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7.7 User Avg (7 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 in a similar dark setting to that of its spiritual predecessor. Playing as an Underlord who has finally awakened to lay claim to the world you’ll pillage both Underlord...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (8 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 available to players to alter the difficultly and type of experience they wish to have. Options include things like map size, flatness, depth of resources, amount of resources, en...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (5 votes)
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 simulation game Space Colony requires players to not only expand their base but also keep their colonists happy. With each having a mind of their own and a paycheque that they ...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (18 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 of the galaxy they want to attempt to settle in. Each location offers different Stellar Density (game currency), warpgate proximity (think of this as galactic foot traffic), ...[Read Review]

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5.7 User Avg (16 votes)