A challenging godlike village simulator designed to bridge the gap between the complexities of village simulation with the simplicity of classic 90s real-time strategy. Inspired by games like Towns, Gnomoria, Banished and Dwarf Fortress but not quite like any of them. Updated frequently.
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Oct 27, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Because Rise to Ruins is unique, but it's still early in development. I thrive off your feedback. I not only want to make a great game I'd love, but I want you guys to love it too! I am a perfectionist, and I want my game to reflect a beautiful, streamlined and polished experience, a large part of that can't happen without the support from the fans.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until the game feels like feature complete product without any additional content patches. Rise to Ruins is not the kind of game I feel could ever be finished in the traditional sense though, even after leaving Early Access I will continue to develop the game. As long as you guys keep playing, I'll keep adding content!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The final product will have tons of maps and tilesets, monsters, an unlock/awards system, random map generators, Steamworks support, user-created multilingual support and many other features that do not exist in the current version of the game. What you are getting now is not even a fraction of the content planned, and the official release day won't be the end of the new content either.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

The game is currently in the InDev phase, it is not by any means a complete game. While a ton of players are loving the game as is DO NOT BUY IT EXPECTING A FULLY FUNCTIONAL GAME. I want you guys involved as soon as humanly possible, so if you like the idea of shaping a game's development, hop on board!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Early Access is discounted at $9.99, the final release will probably be $14.99.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I tend to ask tons of questions and take in feedback constantly, I am the developer who actually listens to you. Of course I can't add every single feature everyone wants, but I promise I or my staff will read every single post, comments and reviews here on Steam or on http://retropixelcastles.com. Your feedback is not only valued, it's critical. I want this game to be the best it can be, and the key is having great feedback! :)”
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May 30

InDev 31 Road Map - The World Update

InDev 31 development has begun! (Actually, it started about 2 weeks ago, but who's counting?). InDev 31 is going to be a major step to reaching Rise to Ruins Release 1, hopefully sometime this year.

The overall goal of InDev 31 will be introducing a new way to move resources and villagers around the world map, as well as giving the world map some purpose. The world map will now have goals the player needs to meet. The more goals that are met, the more global bonuses the player will receive for all the villages under his control. The idea is to encourage the player to spread out and eventually take over the entire map as part of an overall endgame/metagame that will be played alone-side the core gameplay in each region.

I'm really excited for this update, as I feel the mechanics being added are the last major content vacuum in the game before Release 1 is possible. Will the game be considered finish? No, of course not. There's still a ton of fish to fry before Release 1. But no worries, even after Release 1 development is not ending when the game leaves Early Access. :)

InDev 31 Road Map

World Map Goals and Mechanics Changes
  • Goals will be added to the world map for the player to accomplish. The goals will be all sorts of different things. Like "Maintain 3 villages with a population over 50", "Control an entire biome on the map", or "Have at least one village survive to day 80".
  • For every goal you achieve, you will unlock a perk. These perks can be anything from +5% harvesting, increased birth rates, increased hit points, carry capacity, unlocking new buildings/upgrades, unlocking new spells, etc.
  • Every goal achieved will lower the global corruption threat, allowing older villages to survive much longer than before.
  • You have to maintain the goals, if a goal is lost you will lose the perk you gained and the corruption will become stronger.
  • You will now only be able to visit your first region for free (Getting free villagers/resources when you place your camp). After, you will spread out from the region selected outwards using the villagers from your initial camp, and won't be allowed to visit those regions until enough villagers have been sent there to establish a new village. (See below)

Migration and Trade Systems
  • A new exploration building will be added, that will allow you to send villagers out into nearby connected regions. The more upgraded the building, the more you will be able to send each day.
  • Villagers sent to nearby regions will be in a sort of "stasis" until the player decides to visit the region they were sent to. Once they visit that region, the villagers sent will pop up as soon as it is safe. (Dawn through Midday).
  • You will be able to send villagers to a region regardless if it is or isn't occupied, allowing you to share villagers between established villagers, or start new ones.
  • A new trade outpost building will also be added, this building will open up delivering resources to other villages by way of the Catjeet (Or possibly, a new mob type, time permitting). The Catjeet will act as "delivery men" and take resources from your village to the assigned region for a small fee.
  • Same as the villagers mentioned above, Catjeet that leave the region will arrive at the delivery region next time you visit.

Miscellaneous Changes
  • Limbo will be completely removed from the game, replaced with the migration system mentioned above.
  • Skirmish Mode's initial villager spawn in will now work like the World Map does, giving you villagers only after you place the camp, and spawning them directly on the camp with some free resources.
  • Time permitting, an "abandon the region" mechanic will also be added, instantly sending the entire village out in all directions to any connecting region. How this will work is still to be determined.

Revamped Display Settings
  • Borderless full screen will be added, currently works on all tested Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 machines. Linux and Mac work as well, but the task bar is still being displayed. Sadly, this may be an unavoidable issue. But I will try to work it out.
  • Fixed resolutions will be added, so you can change the full screen resolution of the game to anything you want, rather than your set desktop resolution.
  • The original full screen mode will still exist and can be toggled in the settings menu, for players who prefer non-borderless modes.
  • The game will now use a hardware cursor!
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May 23

InDev 30e - The Main Menu Update - Released!

InDev 30e has been released. Barring any issues that need hot fixed, will be the final InDev 30 series release, and development on InDev 31 will be starting immediately.

Most of this patch is a complete revamp of the main menu almost entirely from scratch. But, there's also some new music, a few bug fixes and other interface changes. Check out the change log! :)

InDev 30e Change Log

Interface Changes
  • The entire main menu has been reorganized, moving a majority of the buttons to the left side.
  • Added transitional zooming to the game, now when you zoom in and out, there is a transition period that makes zooming feel smoother, as well as some sound effects if you zoom in and out quickly.
  • Interface scaling settings can now be set in the settings menu, rather than having to edit settings.properties manually.
  • The interface scaling settings now refuse to make the interface larger than what will fit in the window, preventing situations where the GUI may become unusable as a result.

Miscellaneous Changes
  • Updated song Sunken Hope.
  • Added new song Be Water My Friend.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug that still allowed players to cast spells on the edge of the map and into the void, that should have been prevented in InDev 30d.
  • Fixed a typo on the maintenance building description.
  • Walls, gates and fire pits are no longer completely invulnerable.
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About This Game


Rise to Ruins is at heart a godlike village simulator, but it also throws in plenty of familiar game play mechanics from classic 90s era real-time strategy games like Settlers, along with some tower defense and survival elements in an attempt to create a new kind of 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 the simplicity of real-time strategy.

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. 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.

Several Game Modes

Currently, the game offers three game modes. Survival, Sandbox and Peaceful.

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?!

Peaceful 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.

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.

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.

Tons of map set themes!

Every set of maps will follow a certain theme (Forest, Desert, Underground, etc). Most of the current screenshots only feature a few of these map sets. But many more are planned.

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!


SixtyGig Games is a DRM free independent game developer! Rise to Ruins will not now or ever in the future have any sort of DRM! Piracy protection only hurts you guys, the loyal paying players. So you rest assured knowing that once you buy yourself a copy of Rise to Ruins you'll never again have to concern yourself with nagging questions about if you can continue playing the game down the road due to something like always-online logins, lost registration codes or because you bought a new computer and you're only licensed to put the game on one. All I ask from you is to be reasonable and responsible, you can buy the game and play it as much as you like, wherever you like. Just tell your friends to support my DRM-Free philosophy and buy their own copy! Free Content Patches, no paid-DLC


I don't believe in paying for Downloaded Content. If you buy Rise to Ruins you will have access to the entire game and all the content I'll ever create for it, forever! I believe DLC is greedy, and you deserve to have the full gaming experience from day 1, right out of the (figurative) box!


Your feedback is extremely important. You can reply here or head on over to the Official Website and help shape the direction of development! :)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (32 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Dual Core with Hyper-Threading)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4400 or equivalent, 1280x720 resolution or higher.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java 8 or Higher Required (Bundled with product)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Quad Core)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Most Dedicated GPUs, 1G+ VRAM / OpenGL 1.3+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: One that exists!
    • Additional Notes: Java 8 or Higher Required (Bundled with product)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Dual Core with Hyper-Threading)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4400 or equivalent, 1280x720 resolution or higher.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Java 8 or Higher Required (Bundled with product)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Quad Core)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Most Dedicated GPUs, 1G+ VRAM / OpenGL 1.3+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: One that exists!
    • Additional Notes: Java 8 or Higher Required (Bundled with product)
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most 64 Bit Linux Distros (Must support Java)
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Dual Core with Hyper-Threading)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4400 or equivalent, 1280x720 resolution or higher.
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OcacleJDK or OpenJDK 8 Required (OcacleJDK bundled with product)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Most 64 Bit Linux Distros (Must support Java)
    • Processor: Intel i5 or equivalent (Quad Core)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Most Dedicated GPUs, 1G+ VRAM / OpenGL 1.3+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: One that exists!
    • Additional Notes: OcacleJDK or OpenJDK 8 Required (OcacleJDK bundled with product)
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