Article by: Patrick R. O'Boyle

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I was recently browsing around the steam community when i came across this really cool gem of a game.
called "Rise to Ruins". Formely known as "retro-pixel Castles", Rise to ruins received A LOT of attention from all the major video game news outlets when it first released back in 2014, but it's since fallen off of everyones radar apperently. Even though the game as had continual and steady updates from the developer, A quick search on and didn't bring up any recent news articles or informaiton about the game. So, it appers all of the major game outlets are just.. dropping the old games in favor of the new games which arent even out yet. I think is a real shame cause this is a really awsome looking game thats as gotten very positive reviews on the steam community and definantly deserves more attention from the press. Which (i think) is really saying a lot cause , PC gamers are.. kinda a really picky bunch. graphics, story, design, replay ability...all need to be on point to get a high review from so many people. This game really blends that nice old skool retro feel with the nice clean modern HD graphics expacted by most modern gamers.

Rise to Ruins was created by Raymond Doerr and released to steampowered October 27th,2014

The developer describes rise to ruins as being a A godlike village simulator designed to bridge the gap between the complexities of village simulation with the simplicity of classic 1990s real-time strategy. Inspired by games like Towns, Gnomoria, Warcraft, Banished and Dwarf Fortress.  This game really creates an interesting dynamic to play in. I personally love how the intro videos describes the game..

"Build a Village.... Get Slaugthered, Try again.... Die Again...." From all the videos i've been watching for this game on youtube, it not only looks to be a lot of fun. But very challenging as well.

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."

since its realease in 2014, the game as received steady and continus updates from the developer.
Which is a very good thing. It means the developer is'nt going to abondon the game anytime soon. I think the fact that he's stayed with the game for so long even though no major news outlets are really following it.
(Which is surprising cause its a really fun game.) The game also dosn't have a HUGE following just yet.
At the time of this article, steamcharts showed that Rise to Ruins had a peak player base of 122 back August 29th,2016 but the avg. tends to be about 50 players at any given time playing it on steam. So, i think its really encourageing that developer as stayed with it. It really says a lot about his passion for the game.

To date, there have been atleast 150 updates to the game since it was released. Keep in mind that Rise to Ruins is still considerd in Early Access mode. But, as it stands, it appers to be a fairly complete game that's ready to play out of the box.

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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.

I definantly recommend heading over to the steam page and checking Rise to Ruins out.
it currently sells for on $9.95 on steam.


edited & updated: 01/25/17