A wickedly fun evil overlord simulator where you wreak havoc on people’s lives before taking their lands. Inspired by story generators like Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress, create an infernal narrative for your victims as you poison food, raise the dead, and inflict endless misery upon them.
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Why Early Access?

“Ruinarch is a highly experimental game with emergent storytelling and gameplay at its core. As a small indie team, we have a lot of ambitious ideas but we need the help of the community to test them out and provide feedback and critique to guide our development in the right direction. While we have a clear road map for the upcoming year, we are also very open to adjusting and pivoting based on what the community really wants.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Based on our road map, Early Access will last at least 12 more months. We fully expect our road map to change through Early Access so this will certainly be a moving target. We intend the Final Release to be launched no longer than 2 years from Early Access.”

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

“The Early Access release provides a good base framework for the game but would require expansion on just about every component of the game. That means adding more Spells, more Summons, more Artifacts, more demonic structures, more region-types, more character interactions, etc. We also want to polish the game art and sound and fully animate combat. There will also be a heavy focus on ensuring that character AI are the best and can plan and react smartly to the player's actions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current game includes a random world generator that produces procedurally-generated maps with multiple factions and regions that interact to produce emergent ever-changing worlds. The player will have access to seven different demon-type minions, eight demonic structures, dozens of Spells, a handful of Summons and Artifacts.”

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

“The game will be slightly more expensive after Early Access.”

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

“We plan to release updates once every two months. We intend to be active on the Steam discussion boards to interact with players and gather feedback and criticisms. This will aid in our iterative design process and help us assess whether there needs to be adjustments in the road map to address player issues. While it is important to us to be true to our own vision, we understand that listening to outside feedback is essential.”
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About This Game



Ruinarch is a devilishly fun strategy game where you are an evil demon overlord creating havoc and invading fantasy worlds. A rich and fertile land lies before you, ripe for the picking. Take over regions one by one, spreading your influence inexorably towards the heart of the kingdom. Turn heroic defenders into pitiful wretches by unleashing an array of demonic spells upon them, creating a hellish chronicle for the ages.



Inspired by story generator games like Rimworld and Dwarf Fortress, weaving tales of anguish and woe are central to Ruinarch’s gameplay. Sure, you could just summon a pack of wolves to attack the region, but a true evil overlord toys with his prey first. Inflict the local hero with lycanthropy and watch as his once loyal followers turn on him when the full moon rises. Turn the local village idiot into a cultist that secretly works on your behalf, all while he laughs at the villagers that tormented him all those years. And if you’re feeling lazy and have no time to be creative, just start a zombie apocalypse!







Every evil overlord needs minions to command and spells to cast! The nether realm is home to seven types of lesser demons, each one corresponding to a Deadly Sin and capable of a unique set of actions and abilities. Send a Pride Demon to obtain Artifacts and Summons from the regions that contain them . Instruct a Sloth Demon to build a Demonic Spire and then use it to extract Spells from some of your minions. Use the Greed Demon to tempt a purehearted hero away from his mission. Or use the Lust Demon’s wiles to to captivate a disillusioned resident and bring them to your side.



Did you know that demons invented fake news? All of the factions in the realm want what is best for their people, but sometimes they disagree vehemently on what that is. Stoke this dissent by spreading rumors and intrigue to fracture feeble alliances. Split these factions apart at key moments and watch them destroy each other without you even having to lift a finger.



Every ancient Evil has a counterpart, and the people of the realm have started a ritual to summon a powerful Goddess. If you don’t stop them in time, her divine army will fly in from on high and send you and your minions back to the netherworld!





Each playthrough generates a random fantasy world for you to conquer. Each region holds a key resource for the defenders, so you must plot your implacable invasion strategically. Invaded regions can be turned into demonic spires, allowing you to summon new minions and spells to create more chaos!




  • Generate an infinite number of procedural fantasy worlds
  • Invade elven villages, human towns, bandit camps, ancient ruins, monster lairs, and much more!
  • Build demonic structures with various world corrupting capabilities
  • Summon minions and recruit cultists to assist in world domination
  • Unleash powerful spells, dangerous monsters and mystical artifacts upon the world and watch the mayhem unfold
  • Fracture the kingdom into multiple competing subfactions to weaken them from inside
  • Wipe out the world’s defenders - each one equipped with complex AI that takes into account its needs, traits and relationships.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x768 minimum resolution, post-2012 integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 10 compatible

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