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author: Bart Swiatek

A gamer, journalist, and tech enthusiast. Likes to dabble in different things and genres, but the RPG acronym is forever etched on one side of his heart. Hurts like hell, btw.

10 Long Single-player Games to Keep You Occupied in Quarantine

How to spend the quarantine? If you have too much free time and aren't sure what to do with it, playing video games is probably one of the best ways to keep you entertained. This time, we look at single-player productions that are really, really long.

RimWorld

  1. Reason to play: each play through tells a surprising new story
  2. Completionist hour count: 298
  3. Dollars to hour ratio: $0.11

The second strategy game we propose is RimWorld, a fine sci-fi game created by Ludeon Studios, in which you have to manage an extraterrestrial colony founded by crash survivors. In this title, our main adversaries are not violent aliens or ancient sinister civilizations we are primarily confronted with our own limitations and natural hazards.

Unlike many other strategies, the game emphasizes the micro scale instead of the macro scale. Our settlers all have different (randomly generated) background stories, expectations, and skills and we have to make sure we put their talents and unique skills to good use, and provide them with all they need. Wasting their potential can be very unpleasant. Same as neglecting them. Besides, everything in this game can turn against us.

But managing a relatively small community does not mean the game is less complex on the contrary. When playing RimWorld, you have to pay attention to a number of things and details that are completely irrelevant in other productions, such as burying the dead (otherwise the bodies quickly start to negatively affect the morale), or the general level of cleanliness of our base. The AI narrators are also an interesting mechanic we can choose a character that tells the story of our colony. In reality, we decide between different scripts that select random events for the player.

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