Let’s Get One Thing Straight, there is NO game like Kenshi. However, if you enjoy the game, these other titles may peak your interest.
What is Kenshi?
Kenshi is an immersive RPG developed by Chris Hunt / Lo-Fi Games. The game initially released for sale on December 6th, 2018 after being in development for about 12 years.
Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Chris describes the game as “sword punk” and boasts it’s non-linear quest and progression system.
#5 – Colony Survival
Colony Survival is a voxel based, first person RTS developed by Pipliz. At first glance It holds some visual similarities to Minecraft, but the similarities stop there.
Establish a colony by yourself or online with friends. Every night hordes of monsters attack your colony.
You must build fortifications, recruit colonists and grow your defenses in order to protect your land and your people.
The game features an extensive scientific skill tree and progression system. Unlock new weapons and upgrades, various different building blocks and new jobs for your colonists to complete.
Colony Survival is #5 on our list because it is not very close to Kenshi at all, but people who like Kenshi also enjoy this title as well.
#4 – Factorio
If you enjoy real time strategy games, take a look at Factorio developed by Wube Software.
You begin the game as an engineer who crash landed on a foreign planet.
The end goal is to develop your machinery and industry in order to build a rocket and escape the planet. Factorio is available for both single and multiplayer experiences.
This game is no walk in the park. You must simultaneously manage your machinery and defend your factory operations from various aggressive NPCs such as biters, spiders, and worms.
Hostility from the NPCs increases as you grow your operations and create more pollution.
Players must develop and manage a fine balance between growing operations and handling threats.
#3 – Rimworld
Rimworld began as a Kickstarter campaign back in November of 2013. It was available for Windows, Linux and mac.
The game released on October 17th, 2018 after over 4 years of early access development.
Rimworld’s AI storytelling system is what separates this game from the pack. AI storytellers decide in-game events, always producing another outcome or experience.
Choose to play how you like.
The plot of this game is similar to Factorio, but the gameplay is a lot more complex and in-depth.
The game starts off with 3 characters who have crash landed on a planet or “rim world”.
Each character has a randomly generated set of attributes that affect everything from how they contribute to their interactions with the other colony members.
You must grow and defend your colony while progressing through the skill tree to unlock more advanced technologies. Welcome to Rimworld.
#2 – Dwarf Fortress
The oldest game on our list, Dwarf Fortress launched to the public for free in 2002. Heralded for being developed by a 2 man team, the game has been solely funded with donations from the community.
Dwarf Cannon is an RTS based in a procedurally generated world. There are no objectives and no way to “win” the game.
The game only ends when a fortress succumbs to one of hundreds of deadly outcomes, or you give up.
The alpha version released on August 8th, 2006 and is still actively developed today. The latest update was in February of 2020.
This game is super complex with a pretty steep learning curve. Gamers looking to get into Dwarf Fortress in 2020 have almost 20 years of game updates and development to catch up with.
The game is a work of art and featured in the Museum of Modern art for the history of video gaming exhibit in 2012.
#1 – Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
Our #1 contender for games that are like Kenshi is another cult classic game known as Mount & Blade. The game released on September 16th, 2008 to critical reception.
It was then followed by Mount & Blade: Warband, a stand alone expansion of the original title. However, just this year on March 20th, another installment titled Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord was released to the public.
The game, a prequel 210 years before Warband, focuses on building up your band of soldiers and flexing your might to complete quests, conquer battlefields and lay siege to your enemies.
Players fight along side their army while they complete tasks and assist their men on the battlefield.
A new dialogue system allows the player to interact with or persuade NPCs within the game world, creating another layer of depth to the gameplay.
To this date, Bannerlord was the largest game launch on Steam this year, seeing over 170,000 concurrent players on launch day.
Overall reviews are positive, with some critical mentions of clunky features and repetitive gameplay.
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