Kenshi is a great survival simulator. We love this game for its large, atmospheric world, post-apocalypse, base building, and deep character development.
I’ve gathered a list of games with similar gameplay and closely resembling Kenshi for you.
- Features: base building, social relations.
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RimWorld is a sci-fi computer game in the construction and management simulation genre, developed and published by Ludeon Studios, an independent Canadian studio. The game had been in early access since 2013 and was released on October 17, 2018.
At the start, RimWorld offers a procedurally generated game world, which is a planet with its surface presented as a hexagonal map with continents, oceans, islands, rivers, settlements, and other objects. Prior to generation, it is possible to configure several parameters of the created world. After it is generated, the player chooses a place (one cell) where the game events will unfold. Before they start, the player can select one of the game scenarios (crash landing, lost tribe, and others), which determines the initial conditions. For example, after an emergency landing, three characters survive, and the ship’s wreckage is scattered on the terrain.
- Features: base building, deep management, underground bases.
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Dwarf Fortress is a computer game combining elements of construction and management simulation and roguelike, developed by brothers Tarn and Zack Adams in 2002. The free game exists solely on fans’ donations; the first alpha version was released in 2006. As of 2022, the game is still in the alpha stage, despite the release of regular updates.
Dwarf Fortress includes three game modes, all of which unfold in a procedurally generated world, with full world generation occurring at the start of each game. The main Fortress mode is a construction and management simulation where the player, controlling a group of dwarves, must build an underground fortress and maintain it for as long as possible, turning it into a thriving civilization. The player is invited to explore the same world in Adventure mode by manipulating a single character as in more traditional roguelikes.
- Features: survival in an abandoned city, co-op, deep mechanics.
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Project Zomboid is a computer game at the intersection of the survival horror and computer role-playing game genres, dedicated to survival during a zombie apocalypse. The game is developed by independent studio The Indie Stone and features two-dimensional isometric graphics. As the main features of the game, the developers list an open changing world, a developed system of making useful things, and the need to cooperate with other characters, to deal with hunger, injuries, depression, and paranoia.
A new game session begins with character creation. Here, the player is free to choose such things as name, gender, race (Caucasoid and Negroid races are available), hairstyle, initial clothing, and whether a male character has a beard and chest hair. Then, the player starts constructing the personality and part of the character’s backstory.
- Features: Scandinavian mythology, base building.
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Valheim is an open-world survival simulation computer game developed by Swedish company Iron Gate and published by Coffee Stain. The game is in early access and was released on Steam on February 2, 2021.
Players will explore “a vast fantasy world steeped in Scandinavian mythology and Viking culture.” The game’s world is procedurally generated for each new playthrough, so the geography of Valheim is never repeated. Unlike games like Minecraft, which offer no specific objectives at all, Valheim guides the player through a series of quests. Unlike games like The Legend of Zelda, where such quests would involve visiting specific “dungeons” with traps and bosses, Valheim uses its entire open world as a huge dungeon. At the beginning of the game, a valkyrie throws the Viking playable character into the forests of a world called Valheim, near the rune stones. Odin’s talking crows notify the player that he must summon certain supernatural beasts (bosses) and fight them – but first, he must find a way to do so.
- Features: complex solutions, base management.
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Frostpunk is a computer game in the city-building and survival simulation genres, developed by 11-bit studios. The game includes elements of steampunk and alternate history. The game’s name is a neologism coined by its creators by combining the words frost and steampunk. The game was released on April 24, 2018, for the Windows platform and on October 11, 2019, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The initial release of the game featured three scenarios that differed from each other in terms of initial conditions and further events: “Survival,” “Ark,” and “Refugees.” There are very few random events in the game, and the only goal is to survive for 45 days. During the development of the base, you have to save space, factoring in its further growth. Houses, medical stations, and kitchens are built around a generator, while industrial buildings can be placed farther away.
- Features: survival, complex battles.
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Outward is an open-world fantasy role-playing video game developed by Canadian studio Nine Dots and published by Deep Silver. The game can be played online and locally in multiplayer mode via split screen. The game focuses on survival, treating the player as a commoner rather than a hero.
In addition to the more traditional gameplay of action RPGs, Outward includes several aspects of survival, such as the need to keep a close eye on heat, hunger, fatigue, and thirst. The player character may also suffer from colds, sickness, or indigestion. Losing all your health in combat can lead to various consequences, including imprisonment by your opponents or being returned to safety with the help of NPCs. The game has an automatic save system, meaning the player cannot manually save and return to earlier saves after death or other mishaps. Although the game has a magic system, spells are designed to be difficult to obtain.