Best Colony Sim Games on Steam

Steam currently has 763 Colony Sim games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Colony Sim game rankings were last updated on 5/28/2024.

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1. RimWorld

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.

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RimWorld holds the #1 spot for "best Colony Sim game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 187,018 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 183,354 positive reviews and 3,664 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 10/17/2018
Developer Ludeon Studios
Publisher Ludeon Studios
Steam App Id 294100

2. Oxygen Not Included

Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Deep inside an alien space rock your industrious crew will need to master science, overcome strange new lifeforms, and harness incredible space tech to survive, and possibly, thrive.

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Oxygen Not Included has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 114,925 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 111,171 positive reviews and 3,754 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 7/30/2019
Franchise Klei
Developer Klei Entertainment
Publisher Klei Entertainment
Steam App Id 457140

3. Stronghold Crusader HD

The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader HD throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.

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Stronghold Crusader HD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,810 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,375 positive reviews and 435 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Stronghold Crusader HD on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 10/21/2013
Franchise Firefly Studios
Developer FireFly Studios
Publisher FireFly Studios
Steam App Id 40970

4. Townscaper

Instant town building toy

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Townscaper has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,991 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,171 positive reviews and 820 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.39 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Townscaper on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $2.39
Release Date 8/26/2021
Developer Oskar Stålberg
Publisher Raw Fury
Steam App Id 1291340

5. Cult of the Lamb

Start your own cult in a land of false prophets, venturing out into diverse and mysterious regions to build a loyal community of woodland Followers and spread your Word to become the one true cult.

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Cult of the Lamb has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 75,800 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 72,047 positive reviews and 3,753 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 8/11/2022
Franchise Devolver Digital
Developer Massive Monster
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 1313140

6. Cattails: Wildwood Story

Become a cat! In this cozy life sim RPG, you'll lead your colony into the mysterious Wildwood. Hunt prey, harvest herbs, collect magical treasures, & defend your new home from intruders. Build a thriving town to recruit new cats. Get to know the residents, fall in love, & raise a litter of kittens!

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Cattails: Wildwood Story has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,179 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,168 positive reviews and 11 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/20/2023
Franchise Falcon Development
Developer Falcon Development
Publisher Falcon Development
Steam App Id 1882500

7. Dwarf Fortress

The deepest, most intricate simulation of a world that's ever been created. The legendary Dwarf Fortress is now on Steam. Build a fortress and try to help your dwarves survive against a deeply generated world.

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Dwarf Fortress has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,739 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,527 positive reviews and 1,212 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Dwarf Fortress on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/6/2022
Franchise Kitfox Games
Developer Bay 12 Games
Publisher Kitfox Games
Steam App Id 975370

8. Songs of Syx

Songs of Syx is a fantasy city-builder where you start off as an insignificant colony and build, scheme, and fight your way towards a metropolis and empire. The mechanics are complex and true to life, where small events can spiral into the collapse of kingdoms. Try the unlimited demo first!

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Songs of Syx has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,441 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,303 positive reviews and 138 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Songs of Syx on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 9/21/2020
Developer Gamatron AB
Publisher Gamatron AB
Steam App Id 1162750

9. Against the Storm

A dark fantasy city builder where you must rebuild civilization in the face of apocalyptic rains. As the Queen’s Viceroy, lead humans, beavers, lizards, foxes, and harpies to reclaim the wilderness and secure a future for civilization's last survivors.

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Against the Storm has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,444 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,282 positive reviews and 1,162 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/8/2023
Franchise Hooded Horse
Developer Eremite Games
Publisher Hooded Horse
Steam App Id 1336490

10. WorldBox - God Simulator

WorldBox is the ULTIMATE god simulator and sandbox game. A petri dish for your fantasy civilizations. Create your own world or destroy it using many powers. Watch civilizations grow, form kingdoms, colonize new lands, sail to far continents, wars to ignite, empires to fall and towns to burn!

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WorldBox - God Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Colony Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 33,227 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 31,500 positive reviews and 1,727 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 12/2/2021
Developer Maxim Karpenko
Publisher Maxim Karpenko
Steam App Id 1206560

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Townscaper on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Songs of Syx on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Against the Storm on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). WorldBox - God Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.

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