There are over 17,000 reviews already published for this game. Over a million copies have been purchased and if you visit the reddit for Rimworld many players talk about hundreds and even thousands of hours playing this game.
That is all you need to know or should need to know. This game is fun. This game is difficult. This is a game where failure is a feature not an option. Because you will fail.
You will fail because no matter how well you plan, you’ll miss something, or the storyteller will surprise you with a drop pod raid just as half of your best shooters contract malaria. Or you’ll have one of the terrible chain reactions where a bonded pet dies, causing your best grower to go berserk and by the time you subdue them, 4 colonists are down with wounds and the food stores are on fire.
And yet, you’ll return, eager to start another colony and to discover just what new disaster awaits you out on the rim.
Don’t worry about sales, or trying to get this game for a reduced price. Look at the hours played against the cost. People will purchase a AAA game at twice the price and be happy with 40 hours of entertainment. Rimworld can give you over 1000 hours of challenge and story. Your dollars will go far in this game.
And remember, while there is a victory condition, this game isn’t about victory, or achieving something. It’s about the story of how you got there, and what happens to your colonists on the way. There is a reason why the AI in this game is called a storyteller.
☐ Terrible / Broken
☐ Boring / Repetitive
☑ Open World
☐ Areas are empty
☐ Levels are boring
☐ Confusing paths / Easy to get lost in
☐ Level design is repetitive
☑ Each level is unique
☑ You’ll have the need to explore
☐ Didn’t realize I had headphones on
☐ Check if you can run paint
☐ Top of the line
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
☐ Button mashing
☐ Significant brain usage
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Not so easy
☐ Dark Souls
☐ No story
☐ Not great
☐ One sitting
☐ Average (~20 hours)
☑ Endless (No goal)
☐ Free to play
☐ Worth full price
☑ Wait for sale
☐ Don’t buy
☑ Never had any
☐ Minor bugs / Ruins immersion
☐ Few bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ Game breaking
☐ Bug fest
Don’t wait for a sale, this is worth every penny.
I write this review (my first ever written) as I have just ‘completed’ the game. Vanilla Rimworld to be specific… It is my understanding that the game has limitless potential when considering mods. I can testify from someone who typically shys away from using mods that this game has an incredible amount of replayability even without them. After 170 hours, I am still learning stuff.
I also find myself as someone who is not interested in diving deep into simulation type genres. This is unlike any game I’ve ever played prior. I’d like to use the cliche ‘easy to learn, difficult to master’. The music will grab you right away. The aesthetic is simple and charming. The in-game tutorial/tooltips is more than enough to get you started without feeling too intrusive, boring, or forced.
Commitment mode is IMHO essential (think permadeath, cant load former saves), once its hook finds you, you’ll find yourself trying again, and again, learning and improving each time. Every event (good or bad) has more emotion attached to it, as hours of investment will always be threatened. Triumphs are more exciting, and failures lead you to analyze everything you could have done to improve your strategy. You will become attached to your colonists.
This game can be paused or saved at anytime which is really convenient.
If you’re on the fence, just get it. A similar review sold me on this game and I’m glad I made the leap. Here is hoping I can pay it forward.