Anyone playing Rimwold?
It's been awhile since I bought a game and then played it for 5 hours straight without a break.
First off it's still in Alpha, but I didn't find any major bugs, just a couple of little ones that didn't affect gameplay. The interface is pretty rough at times, but once you get the hang of things it isn't too hard. The game has been Greenlit on Steam, but you can't get it through Steam yet. And the developer isn't promising Steam keys if you do buy it now. That is a big drawback for me, but obviously it didn't stop me from buying it.
I haven't played Dwarf Fortress, but I have heard of it described as being similar, but not as complicated. You crash land on a planet (although you get to pick where you land), with 3 characters and some supplies. You need to get shelter built, food growing, and defenses ready. You can either dig into the mountain side or free standing buildings, but the former is easier, and cheaper to do. Once you have food and power going, you can start the more advanced stuff like trading, medical wards, and various crafting. It's all about time management, setting up priorities for each character to get things done.
There are different AIs that decide how hard things get. I am playing the slow one that lets me concentrate on building up a base, but you can play AIs that spice it up and throw frequent random attacks at you. I haven't had to do much combat so far, but it's pretty basic it appears. You tell your guys where to go and who to shoot at. You can take full control of the characters during combat, and I did find the whole thing a bit awkward, but I am still learning it.
The graphics look to be a direct copy of Prison Architects, which I am not fond of, but they are work and are functional.
If you are into the survival games, this definitely seems to be a good one to check out. Been awhile since a game hooked me so quickly that I had to forcibly stop playing.