What are the ingredients for cult popularity? Does one need a dash of popularity or a pinch of obscurity? Is it a cup of pre-release hype or a teaspoon of so-bad-it’s-good appeal?
Game developers, particularly those of the indy variety have tried answering these questions, to varying degrees of success. Games like Shovel Knight, with its nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic, seem tailor-made for cult status. Then there are games that became cult classics without ever trying.
Rimworld belongs to the latter category.
A 2013 early access release, Rimworld can be any number of things, depending on what version you’re playing. The original is a space colony builder while one of its many expansions is best described as a spaceship management game.
All versions of the game treat players with a story as steeped in science fiction elements as it is moments of random, if not violent, brevity. The game isn’t just a grim depiction of science fiction survival, it has its fair share of humor. A number of games take cues from Rimworld, while Rimworld borrows from many more. Rimworld fans can rejoice knowing there is no shortage of games like the cult hit.