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Niche Spotlight – Rise to Ruins

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Today’s Spotlight is Rise to Ruins, the hit godlike village sim by Raymond Doerr and SixtyGig Games that just left Early Access.

Rise to Ruins first entered Early Access back in 2014, and has been regularly updated with new content over the years until it finally hit 1.0. The game blends elements of city building, tower defense, god game, and RTS as you expand your village during the day and defend it against monsters at night. You also have access to godlike abilities that can alter the terrain, and raise armies to help fend off raiders. You can find a trailer for the game above.

Rise to Ruins is available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam for $14.99, and its currently 30% off.

Here’s a rundown of the game:


Rise to Ruins is at heart a godlike village simulator, but it also throws in plenty of familiar game play mechanics from classic real-time strategy and resource management games like Black and White, Settlers, ActRaiser and many others. It also throws in some twists by melding in some tower defense and survival elements in an attempt to create a new kind of godlike village simulator. The goal is to try to bridge the gap between the depth and complexity of traditional village simulators, the fun of godlikes and tower defense, with the simplicity of real-time strategy games.

Build A Village, and Die Trying!
A major part of the game is village management, and trying to discover new and creative ways to use the tools at your disposal to keep yourself alive as long as possible while you defend your village at night from the raging hoard of monsters, and try to expand in the day time. In this game, you will lose frequently, but with every failure you learn a little bit more about how to survive and apply that knowledge to your next attempt.

Frequent 100% Free Content Patches!
Like getting new content and not having to pay for it? Well, this is the game for you. For years Rise to Ruins had gotten frequent and completely free content patches, expanding the base game regularly!

Several Game Modes

  • Survival is the game the way it was meant to be played, as a brutal survival style village sim, you will probably die often trying to figure out the best way to survive, but that’s half the fun right?!
  • Traditional is very similar to Survival, but it’s balanced much like a traditional village simulator with some godlike and RTS elements sprinkled on top. The monster spawn rates are much lower, and the main focus is keeping your village happy and fed. It’s a very easy mode, designed for casual players, or players just wanting to experiment.
  • Nightmare makes survival mode look like it’s for carebears. Mostly, it’s just like survival mode, but difficulty levels are ramped up through the roof. This is the masochist’s mode.
  • Peaceful is the mode for you if you want to play a more laid back, classic village management game. There are no monsters what so ever, and no need to defend people. Just chill out and try to keep your villagers alive.
  • Sandbox, like the name implies, is a mode where you can play around with the game mechanics. Change the time of day, weather, spawn monsters or villagers, or even edit the map while you’re playing on it. This is the ultimate “Screw around” mode for players wanting to play with the game mechanics.
  • Custom allows you to make up your own mode. You can adjust day length, how many days in a season, how many monsters spawn, and all sorts of other things. If you don’t like the game’s default settings, make your own up!.

Godlike Elements
Not only can you manage your village, but you also have many godlike abilities at your disposal. You can alter the terrain, blast enemies from afar, pick up objects or creatures, heal your villagers, speed up resource growth and all sorts of other fun godly stuff. You’re part of this world just as much as your villagers are.

Tower Defense Elements
This isn’t a tower defense game, but you’ll still be getting some tower defense vibes from it! Use classic tower defense mechanics to defend your village at night, creating walls of towers behind maze walls to help keep your little villagers alive as long as possible, and if tower defense isn’t your thing. That’s ok! You can also raise an army of golems and recruit guards to defend the village.

World Maps and Regions!
The game has tons of hand made maps for you to select from (You can also make your own if you like!) Every biome follows a certain theme (Forest, Desert, Drylands, etc). Start your village anywhere you like, and slowly conquer the whole world! (Well, try to anyway, you’ll probably just die.)

The Soundtrack!
A full original soundtrack, made by Bibiki Garcia that blends orchestral instruments in a way fans of old 1990s era PC gaming will love and remember!


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Frank Streva

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Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.