While it might not be the deepest ‘Dwarf Fortress-like’ game out their, RimWorld hits an excellent balance between complexity and user friendliness, creating a DF experience accessible to the average PC gamer. If you have ever wanted to try out DF, but found the minimalist art, hotkey heavy interface and staggering complexity overwhelming, RimWorld might just allow you to get a feel for just how fun and engrossing this subgenre can be without blocking progress behind a learning curve like a brick wall.
That might seem like a backhanded compliment, but trust me, I LOVE this game and strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at a survival base building sim where losing can be as darkly entertaining as pulling off the perfect colony!
Just one piece of advise. After you have played one or two times with the vanilla game, download a mod that will let you customize your starting party. It will save you time rerolling survivors till you get people who actually have all the skills you want… and look at least a bit like you and your buddies for when you try and see how well your friend group would do trying to survive on an alien world.