As I had previously mentioned, there are many great Indie games you can check out on Steam. One game that would definitely be worth checking out is Rimworld. Rimworld is a creation of Ludeon Studios who developed and published the game.
The game began as a Kickstarter in October 2013 and over 120,000 players have enjoyed the game since then. The game is in Early access on steam since they feel there is more content that the they want to add to the game. The game is fully playable as it is now. The developers are unsure how much they will add to or change in the game going forward. This game is a single-player game. The game can be played on Windows, Mac OS and Steam.
Rimworld is a game with a sci fi colony that is sim driven and has an intelligent Artificial Intelligence storyteller. This AI storyteller will help you learn to play the game, guiding your way. You can choose from three AI storyteller options. You can choose Cassandra Classic – who is a carefully paced AI guide. You can choose Phoebe Chillax who is slower paced and more building oriented. Finally you can choose Randy Random who is very unpredictable. I have to say I love the names of the AI storytellers! The game is a story generator. It is about the experience that your colonists experience in the colony. You will encounter various people and events that add to the story. The story of the game is of three survivors from a space liner that crashed on a far away planet at the edge of known space. The three survivors must build a colony on this planet. These survivors are not astronauts or scientists but regular people. They might be cooks, nobles, soldiers, accountants or journalists.
Depending on the skills they have will depend on what work they could and should do in the colony. A cook would be great at creating food for the colony. A soldier would help defend the colony. A nobleman would be great for negotiation but would not do any physical work. You will have to manage how they work and work together. You manage the survivors turned colonists moods and needs. They will all have different personalities. Each personality trait has a positive and negative side to it. A neurotic personality will work faster but might have a stress breakdown. An empathetic personality might be good to help others feel better but might not be able to accomplish as much. You care for their wounds and illnesses. You work to create structures, weapons and clothes. You can create these needed items from stone, Metal or wood you find on the planet. You will encounter pirate raiders and hostile people along with dangerous animals, storms and killing machines.
You will need to fight all of these to survive. You will attempt to train and tame pets, farm animals and even the beasts you encounter. You will develop relationships with family members and spouses. Throughout the game you will need to manage the various marriages and relationships that can spring up. You will also attain more colonists by bringing refugees into your colony and converting captured prisoners to your side. Colonies can be built in many environments including the desert, jungle, and tundra.
There will be different temperatures and seasons to manage in your colony making it essential that you find a way to keep your colonists in a safe temperature inside. There are so many things you can get creative with and manage in this game. It can keep you entertained for hours!
Keep an eye out for more posts about the great Indie games available on team.