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Top 9 Games To Play If You Liked Frostpunk

Games Like Frostpunk

Frostpunk’s brutal society and city-building are second to none, but there comes a time for every gamer to move on to a new game. If that’s you, then you might be wondering – are there any games out there like Frostpunk? Well, keep reading, and you’ll find that there are nine games just in this article that are a lot like it, with some even being arguably better! Without wasting any time, let’s talk about the first game:

1. Anno 1800

At its core, Frostpunk is one of the best city-builder games out there, and with Anno 1800, you’ve got a game that really just perfects the genre. Like Frostpunk, Anno 1800 is a game about building a whole civilization that’s spread out across cities on different islands and continents, and it’s up to you to make sure they not only survive but also thrive.

It starts off simple, especially if you’re playing the campaign – you start with a small civilization of villagers, who then become workers, artisans, and so on. Each of these populations is essential because they all contribute a certain thing to your society that others won’t be able to, which means their absence could bring society crumbling down! As your civilization grows from a humble village to an urban metropolis filled with workers, engineers, and scholars, you get to experience Anno 1800 in its true glory.

While this game is definitely not as hard as Frostpunk and definitely not as brutal in the way society functions, it’s got the same kind of gameplay and also had an Arctic region added recently to really complete the vibe. If you’re looking for more city-building but can do with a bit easier gameplay, then Anno 1800 is a gem you absolutely can’t miss.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

2. This War of Mine

Made by the same developers – 11 Bit Studios – you just know this game is going to be amazing… and brutal, definitely brutal. This War of Mine isn’t a city-builder, but it is a survival game, and it has every bit of Frostpunk’s DNA flowing through its veins. How, might you ask?

In This War of Mine, you’re in control of a group of civilians that’s just trying to survive in the war-torn world that they live in. Straight off the bat, you’re shown just how brutal this game can be when you go out scavenging and have to make one of the most difficult decisions ever in a video game – you’ll know it when you come across it. Your group of survivors is barely surviving, but they have their moments of happiness, and it’s all worth it when you finally get good at this game.

Yup, like Frostpunk, this game is a bit of a doozie and takes a while to get used to its mechanics. It doesn’t hold your hand through anything, which also makes learning it a lot more rewarding in the end. If you loved the setting of Frostpunk and the idea of a society living on the edge of existence, this game is absolutely perfect for you.

Platforms: Android, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems.

3. Dawn of Man

Another game with a 9/10 on Steam, Dawn of Man is exactly that – the origin of all that we are today, going all the way back to the start. You start as the controller of a group of ancient humans, and you’ll be taking them through the various perils that plagued early humans on Earth.

As a fan of Frostpunk, you’ll love that this game is also a city-building survival game, but it does everything in its own way to keep things fresh. There’s a lot that you have to do to survive here; life in the Stone Age wasn’t easy! You’re going to hunt for food, gather, plant fields for when the times get tough, and eventually work your way up to expanding your settlement. Along the way, you’re going to craft new tools, weapons, housing, and so much more.

Dealing with nature’s challenges as you take your humans through 10,000 years of prehistoric times, all the way to the Iron Age, is what makes this game so incredibly fun and unique. Not only is it an insight into the way of life of early humans, but it’s also a fun-as-heck game that’s layered with a ton of content and engaging mechanics, which you’ll absolutely love after Frostpunk.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Mac operating systems, Classic Mac OS.

4. Surviving Mars

Elon Musk just up and said he’s going to colonize Mars, but he really didn’t stop to think about how difficult it would be for you, the person responsible for their survival, to actually make that happen. That’s right, you and a bunch of drones and robots are on Mars, and you’re preparing the planet for the arrival of the colonizers.

When the prep work is done, the colonizer arrives, and that’s when the real game begins. Each of them can be treated as a worker, and so each of them will need a task that contributes in a meaningful way to their survival. That’s most of what you’ll love as a Frostpunk player in this game, but what you won’t find is the brutality of the tundra and the moral dilemmas layered on top of everything.

Along with that, like Anno, this game isn’t too difficult to learn, and coming from Frostpunk, you’ll actually have the upper hand from the get-go. Also, while there aren’t any difficult decisions as such, your actions still define whether your citizens survive, so that does tend to hang over your head a bit.

Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Classic Mac OS.

5. They Are Billions

The name really sounds pretty inspiring, something you’d find in a speech about bringing the entirety of the world together, but no, that’s not what this alludes to – we’re talking about zombies here! Yup, the good old feet-dragging, brain-munching, ever-hungry zombies that are out to kill you and have you join their army of billions.

Unlike a lot of other zombie games, which sometimes don’t really let you visualize the scale of the zombie epidemic eating the world alive, in this game, you see the full extent of it. The billions of zombies are all around your fortified settlement that you have to protect at all costs. You do that in a sort of tower defense manner where you have to keep improving your defenses to deal with them.

Going out for scavenging and finding new tech and ways to improve your settlement is the main form of progression here. Like any good zombie-based game, you’ll occasionally run into the super zombie that somehow deletes your entire defense line, so you’ll always want to be prepared for that. As a Frostpunk fan, you’ll love this game’s take on city-building and brutality.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

6. RimWorld

I’d never think that losing in a game could be fun, but RimWorld makes it the entire purpose of the game and somehow manages to make it the best part! In RimWorld, you get a top-down view of a planet where you’re managing a colony of survivors. Before you begin, you have to pick an intelligent AI storyteller, and that’s what makes things super interesting.

The survivors are your usual order of incompetence and lack of autonomy, so you’ll have to be micromanaging and making sure stuff gets done around the place. Depending on the difficulty you choose, things can either be relaxed or, you know, complete and utter chaos. RimWorld thrives on chaos, as the storyteller from earlier announces different, whacky challenges that can head your way at any moment.

Dealing with survivors, surviving the spontaneous challenges, and somehow hanging on to the edge of life is what RimWorld is all about. In the end, you’re going to find that the only constant here is losing, but it’s the way you lose that makes this game so amazing. Oh, and if you’re wondering about reviews, it’s a 10/10 on Steam!

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Linux, Xbox One, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Mac operating systems.

7. Surviving the Aftermath

Like Frostpunk, the world in Surviving the Aftermath is bleak. I mean, it literally is about surviving the aftermath of an apocalypse, but for some reason, I expected things to be a bit cheery. But hey, you might be happy to hear that things are actually somehow still more hopeful here than they were in Frostpunk! That isn’t saying much now that I think about it, though.

In this game, you’re in charge of a colony of survivors within the desolate world. Like you, there are many other communities out there that are trying to do the same, and with the world having been destroyed, you can imagine that resources would be an important point of contention between you guys. That’s where this game adds a layer of diplomacy to the carefully crafted core of survival and city-building it has.

As you slowly expand your settlement and make more and more decisions, you start to see the impacts they have on your society. This means that every decision weighs heavy, a lot like Frostpunk, so you’ll want to make sure you think them through. If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic game with a similar level of difficulty and dilemmas as Frostpunk, you’re going to be right at home in this game.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows.

8. Fallout Shelter

If you’ve ever played any of the Fallout games, you’ve come across those illustrations of the cheery Fallout Vault tec cartoons that are somehow always smiling despite the literal world having been nuked. Well, in this game, you get to play as one of them! You’re in charge of controlling the entire shelter that holds all of these cartoons – each one a survivor.

These survivors can’t just laze about in the shelter; they need to be productive members of society, which you’ll be making sure of by giving them jobs. As you progress, you get more survivors by way of the existing survivors mating and also rescuing ones that come to your door. You won’t rescue just about anyone, though, because there can be raiders and bandits and even death claws that want to tear your shelter up to loot what’s in it.

Eventually, you progress into the stage where you’ll send out expeditions to gather new resources, weapons, and anything useful they can find. Inside the shelter, you’ll excavate the mountain to create more rooms and facilities that accommodate your ever-growing population. It’s not as bleak or as difficult as Frostpunk, but it’s definitely just as much fun managing the lives of these survivors and taking them through the difficult times.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

9. IXION

IXION is a really fascinating game, and I love the setting – it’s about you being in control of a spaceship that’s on a journey to find a new planet for humans. Why, you ask? Because we kinda destroyed Earth and really need a new one that would harbor the humans that are still surviving on your ship.

As the last humans, probably ever, you can imagine the urgency of keeping them alive at any cost. This means taking care of the systems that keep them alive aboard the ship, helping anyone in need, and just making sure everyone has access to everything they need for survival. Sounds simple, but in practice, it gets a bit complex.

The complexity of your ship, named Tiqqun, is what makes this game pretty difficult and appeals mostly to players who love micromanaging. From managing research projects to reconnaissance probes, all while dealing with any crisis that pops up out of nowhere, there’s a lot that you have to do, and it definitely keeps you busy. As a fan of Frostpunk, though, you’re all set because it’s nothing you’re not used to – but it’s in a whole new setting.

Platforms: Linux, Microsoft Windows.

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With that interstellar entry, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Frostpunk is a unique game in the way it incorporates difficulty, realism, and the brutality of surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s not alone. With these nine games, there’s an option for every kind of Frostpunk player – the casual story enjoyer and the hardcore survivalist. So, which one are you going to play next? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you there!

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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